Mental Health (Intensive Outpatient)

Get the mental health support you need with our intensive outpatient programs in Duluth, Minnesota. Our comprehensive care gives you the tools you need to manage your symptoms, from post-traumatic stress disorder to depression and anxiety.

What is an intensive outpatient program?

An intensive outpatient program provides a more frequent and concentrated level of care than typical outpatient therapy can provide.

Intensive Outpatient – Adult

Essentia Health offers a short-term, outpatient mental health care program that provides team-based care. While living at home, you'll attend group therapy in a safe and supportive environment. We call this our Partial Hospitalization Program and it is offered in Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.

Duluth Partial Hospitalization Program
Length: 3 weeks
Schedule: 4 days a week, 6 hours a day
Where: Essentia Health-Building E (Duluth)

Superior Partial Hospitalization Program
Length: 3 weeks
Schedule: 4 days a week, 6 hours a day
Where: Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital-Superior

Team-Based Approach

Our team of mental health professionals gets to know you—not just your condition. Depending on your needs, you may work with:

  • Nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurses (RNs) – Provide care, treatment, medication management, and education
  • Psychotherapists – Offer individual and group therapy
  • Psychiatrists – Provide care, treatment, and medication management
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs) – Access substance abuse issues
  • Occupational therapists – Help you gain skills related to daily activities so you can be more independent
  • Recreational therapists – Coordinate programs like art therapy, music therapy, and recreation therapy
  • Social workers – Connect you with community resources and help you plan for care after you leave the program
  • Chaplains – Give spiritual guidance and support

Follow-Up Care

You’ll leave the program with a plan to get the support and mental health care you need to live well. We'll help you maintain your progress by connecting you with other health care professionals and community support groups.

Intensive Outpatient - Young Adult

For young adults ages 18-25, we offer an intensive outpatient therapy program designed specifically for your age group. During this program, you’ll gain skills to better manage your mental health while continuing to work or attend school.

Length: 4-6 weeks
Schedule: 3 days a week, 3 hours a day
Where: Essentia Health-Building E (Duluth)

What You’ll Gain

We’ll develop a treatment plan that focuses on your needs and goals. You’ll meet with a therapist and other young adults facing similar challenges in a safe, nurturing environment. You’ll learn skills to help you:

  • Focus your attention on the present (mindfulness)
  • Balance priorities and demands
  • Build healthy relationships
  • Cope with difficult situations
  • Manage your emotions
  • Identify and change irrational or unhelpful ways of thinking
  • Set goals

Follow-Up Care

You’ll leave the program with a plan to get the support and mental health care you need to live well. We’ll help you throughout your transition and provide referrals to other health care professionals as needed.

Intensive Outpatient Care - Child and Adolescent

Your child’s health care team may recommend they receive mental health or substance abuse services at the Amberwing - Center for Youth & Family Well-Being.

Amberwing provides an outpatient program that helps youth and adolescents, grades 1-12, who are facing serious emotional or mental health problems. We’ll group your child with other children of similar clinical and developmental needs.

Length: 3 weeks
Schedule: 5 days a week, 7 hours a day
Location: Amberwing - Center for Youth & Family Well-Being

For more information on this or other Amberwing programs, visit

Insurance Coverage & Cost

Cost for Essentia’s intensive outpatient programs varies based on your insurance plan. Check with your insurance provider to learn about your benefits.

Make an Appointment

You don’t need a referral for partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs at Essentia Health. But, we do require an evaluation by our staff. For more information, call:

  • Duluth Partial Hospitalization Program – 218-786-5990 or 888-826-0099
  • Superior Partial Hospitalization Program - 715-817-7188
  • Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (ages 18-25) – 218-786-5990

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