Providence Behavioral Health Hospital-Based Outpatient Programs

For those who need extra care, Providence Behavioral Health offers hospital-based outpatient programs for stabilization. We serve patients at Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

These programs fall into three categories, depending on your behavioral health needs:


We offer the following psychiatric services:

Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment provides specialty acute care for patients experiencing suicidal ideation, severe anxiety and other issues requiring short-term intensive psychiatric stabilization. Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care provide patients a structured day treatment setting where they can work on their treatment goals in psychotherapeutic groups, focusing on coping skills involving supports and crisis planning, and safety and stabilization. Patients are also connected with appropriate follow-up care after stabilization, when they are ready for outpatient treatment. Outpatient psychiatric evaluations are also available for patients who may not need acute stabilization.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an outpatient mental health program modeled after Marsha Linehan’s evidence-based treatment for individuals with emotional regulation disorders, including borderline personality disorder. Patients learn skills to decrease self-harm, suicidal behaviors and substance abuse. Patients also learn skills to manage intrusive symptoms such as panic attacks, anger outbursts and other problems stemming from the emotional system. Patients work in supportive psychotherapeutic skills-training groups to learn about their emotions and how emotions and behaviors relate. Patients will practice new behaviors with the support of an individual therapist trained in DBT.

Outpatient psychiatric treatment is a short-term outpatient mental health program that includes psychiatric evaluations, medication management and a psychotherapy group using the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) model.

Substance Use

Providence offers outpatient substance abuse treatment to help address the health, legal and relationship problems caused by substance abuse. Treatment occurs in a supportive, patient-centered setting focusing on the patient’s goals, and includes a full assessment following the American Association of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) standards. Clinicians are licensed mental health professionals as well as chemical dependency professionals, and dual diagnosis treatment is available to all patients. 

Patients work in psychotherapeutic groups to explore their relationship with substances, how substance use has affected their lives, and what if any changes they would like to make. Patients gain support and structure to help them make their desired changes. The program uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and stage of change appropriate interventions. 

Eating Disorders

With over 30 years of experience, our multidisciplinary team diagnoses and treats adults and adolescents with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. Specialty treatment includes initial evaluation, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment, as well as referrals to other levels of care. We continually refine the program with information from current research and years of patient outcomes data. 

Treatment models include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and family systems therapy. The supportive, structured treatment provides daily medical monitoring, focus on behavior change, practicing healthy coping skills and mealtime support. Treatment goals and approaches are individualized with each patient and their support system. Treatment is a combination of group and individual therapies lead by the program psychiatrists, dietitians, mental health therapists and nurse practitioner. Family members and friends are invited to join individual and group treatments offered by the program to provide additional support through long-term recovery. Program physicians are present daily and address co-occurring problems such as depression, anxiety, substance use and OCD.

To learn more about Providence eating disorder treatment services, attend a free informational session held on Wednesday afternoons 4:30-5:15, 9450 SW Barnes Rd. Suite 200, Portland, OR 97225.

Adult program

  • Multidisciplinary treatment team led by dually board-certified adult and addiction medicine psychiatrist
  • Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment programs
  • Two family meal groups per week
  • Treatment six days per week
  • Supportive living environment available for patients needing evening and weekend support beyond treatment hours
  • Individual and family sessions weekly
  • Individualized dietary planning

Learn more about the eating disorders treatment program for adults.

Adolescent program

  • Multidisciplinary team led by board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Partial hospital and intensive outpatient treatment programs
  • Four family meal groups per week
  • Treatment five days per week
  • Shorter treatment days to accommodate school involvement
  • Developmentally appropriate, experientially based groups for adolescents
  • Individual and family sessions weekly
  • Individualized dietary planning
Learn more about the eating disorders treatment program for adolescents.