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SUN Behavioral in Erlanger, Kentucky provides various mental health treatment programs. Our outpatient program helps patients who may be transitioning from inpatient care. It also benefits those who need more intensive treatment than that offered by traditional outpatient programs. The outpatient care center at our Kentucky location provides clinical mental health services to those in need.

Nearly 13% of adults within Kenton County, Kentucky will experience frequent mental distress this year. Meanwhile, at least 14 adults for every 100,000 residing in Kenton county will have seriously considered suicide at some point and then committed to it. Mental illness is an immense and pressing concern for our local community and SUN is stepping up to help.

In a time of crisis, our psychiatrists and expert therapists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SUN combines an experienced and knowledgeable staff with industry-led best practices giving every patient a path to recovery and wellness.

Our Adult Outpatient Behavioral Mental Health Services

Our outpatient clinic includes two important services, a partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program. This allows us to provide unique options for counseling services that are individualized for each patient's mental and behavioral health needs.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

PHP cares for patients who may be transitioning from inpatient care. It is also a suitable fit for more intensive treatment which can prevent the need for hospitalization. In our PHP program:

  • Patients attend group therapy five days per week
  • Groups focus on:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Coping Skills Training
    • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), an evidence-based system to help people  understand wellness techniques for relapse prevention.
  • Our team of psychiatrists provides comprehensive medication oversight management

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP is for anyone who may be stepping down from PHP, but needs the support and structure of treatment. It is suitable for those who may need more intensive treatment than that offered in outpatient care.

  • Patients attend five group sessions per week
  • Sessions include a daily process group (to work through current issues), cognitive therapy, and the daily wellness relapse prevention (WRAP) group

Who Does Outpatient Behavioral Health Treat?

Outpatient service is one of many forms of treatment available for mood disorders, like anxiety disorders and depression. Outpatient treatment provides patients with evidence-based treatment that helps them identify the most pressing issues. It also provides alternatives to heading to the emergency department when in a crisis.

At SUN Behavioral in Erlanger, Kentucky, we have found adults benefit most from our intensive outpatient services. At the time of intake, patients are  assessed through a personalized course of action. It helps our specialists exceed his or her needs within this level of care.

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What Support to Expect From An Outpatient Mental Health Care Center

Outpatient treatment is different from psychiatric, depression or anxiety treatment. This type of care usually does not require patients to stay at the facility while being treated. When visiting the facility, patients spend time in customized sessions over the course of a day. This can be beneficial for full time employees seeking treatment, because it allows patients to continue to maintain a life outside of treatment.

Key components of intensive outpatient treatment at SUN Behavioral include:

  • Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Stress management and life skills development
  • Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Yoga and physical wellness strategies
  • Treatment in a trauma-informed environment with trauma-informed staff
  • Aftercare planning for continued recovery
  • Support groups (including 12-step groups)


FAQs About Mental Health Care Programs

What is the most effective treatment for ADHD?

There are different treatments for ADHD depending on the unique situation of the individual. Adult outpatient behavioral services include two vital programs: a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). There are also outpatient programs tailored for children with ADHD. Sometimes, but not always, medication is included in a treatment plan for ADHD. Typical medications include the brand names Adderall®, Ritalin®, Vyvanse®, and Concerta®, all forms of dexmethylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, lisdexamfetamine, or methylphenidate.

What is currently the most common treatment for ADHD?

This depends on the individual’s unique situation. In some cases, they may require outpatient or inpatient services. Medication may also be given to those who need it.

How is ADHD usually treated?

ADHD is usually treated with therapy and/or, in some cases, medication. A medical professional will determine the best route based on an evaluation.

What is the first-line treatment for ADHD?

Treatment for ADHD may be provided via a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP includes five group therapy sessions per day, five days per week. The PHP groups use a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach. PHP offers coping skills training and a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which is an evidence-based system to help people understand and apply wellness techniques for the purpose of relapse prevention. The IOP includes three group sessions per day, five days per week. Key components of the IOP include stress management, life skills development, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and yoga and physical wellness strategies. There are also outpatient programs tailored for children with ADHD. These treatment approaches will help you or your loved one gain new skills to better cope with ADHD.

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At SUN, we’ve created a caring, healing environment and will be there for every step of your journey to recovery. Please call us today to help you, your family and your loved one.


SUN Behavioral Kentucky

820 Dolwick Drive
Erlanger, Kentucky 41018

Hours of Operation:

Open 24 hours

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