Sanford Outpatient Programs Guide for Mental Health

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness.

At Sanford Behavioral Health, we are ready to address today’s busy lifestyles with flexible physical spaces and expanding outpatient and telehealth programs for substance use disorders (SUD), eating disorders, and co-occurring mental health treatment. In 2023, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. These individuals also have work, family, school, childcare, or other commitments. They require individualized programs that accommodate busy lifestyles and address complex medical and psychiatric needs. We call this modern-day condition “real-life recovery.”


“We regularly identify needs within our community, particularly in Michigan, and adapt our programs appropriately. Recently, this has led us to provide higher levels of care at our outpatient locations. We bolstered our day programs (PHP) and half-day (IOP) programs. At the same time, we are maintaining outpatient, family, and alums support for substance use disorders (SUD) and eating disorders. Outpatient can be a helpful starting point for someone looking for treatment. Especially because these programs are supportive while providing the independence of real life.” 
Katie Vokes, Sanford Vice President & Chief Operating Officer



Outpatient Services Programs Guide

Outpatient Services for Substance Use & Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Sanford offers a complete continuum of care for addiction, including medical detox. However, we built Sanford Outpatient Center to break down the barriers of traditional addiction treatment. Here we offer flexible, innovative, individualized recovery programs that work with real life. When entering a Sanford addiction treatment program, each patient is assessed to determine the appropriate level of care. Based on our “recovery for real life” philosophy, our goal is to determine a clinically appropriate placement for everyone in the least restrictive level of care. Services and programs include:


The Addiction Treatment Team:

We have been treating addiction and co-occurring disorders since 2015. As we have grown, our clinical and medical depth has also expanded:

  • Psychiatrist, Family Medicine Physician, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
  • RNs, Case Managers
  • Clinical Director
  • Master’s level or higher licensed social workers, professional counselors, art therapists, and marriage and family therapists. Registered dietitians support the clinical team when needed.
  • Recovery Support Specialists


Supportive Housing

We are excited to offer outpatient patients the option to stay onsite in Sanford Supportive Housing. Fortunately, outpatient housing expands our reach to patients out-of-state or in the far corners of Michigan. It also gives a safe harbor to those with toxic home environments or individuals stepping down from residential treatment who may want a more structured, short-term lodging.


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Bringing the therapy outside at Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus


Day Programs (PHP)

Day Treatment, or PHP, is one level of care higher than the Intensive Outpatient Program. PHP provides therapy, structure, and accountability during the day while allowing patients to practice their learned skills in their home or Sanford Supportive Housing after daily programming concludes. Also, PHP teaches our patients therapeutic coping skills to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction. PHP includes 6 hours of group therapy daily, six days a week.[Learn More]


Half-Day Programs (IOP)

Addiction Treatment IOP provides structure and accountability while encouraging patients to integrate their treatment into their personal, home, and work life. Program duration is typically 18 3-hour sessions which cover approximately six weeks. [Learn More]


Outpatient Groups, Alumni and Family Support

The long-established Alumni and Family Program at Sanford Behavioral Health were created to include our patients’ loved ones during treatment and beyond. Family involvement is one of the most important components of a healthy long-term recovery. Because of this, we provide these programs at no charge to our patients’ families. [Learn More]

Outpatient Services for Eating Disorders

Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (Sanford CTED) offers a full continuum of care with real-life outpatient programs. Outpatient eating disorder treatment allows for everyday activities while integrating effective strategies learned in treatment. We are proud of the team we have assembled. The multidisciplinary team at Sanford CTED includes:

  • Psychiatrist, Internist, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition
  • Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, RNs
  • Program Director, Supervising Clinician
  • Psychotherapists with specialized training in treating eating disorders
  • Registered Dietitians/Clinical Nutrition Specialists
  • Certified Recreation Therapists
  • Recovery Support Specialists


Supportive Housing:

Sanford CTED PHP and IOP patients can now stay onsite in supportive housing. Also, outpatient housing expands our reach to patients out-of-state or in the far corners of Michigan.


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Sanford Supportive Housing for PHP & IOP patients


Day Programs (PHP)

Individuals in a PHP program need an elevated level of structure and intensity of service delivery. This means five days of programming at least 6 hours per day. Nutrition education sessions are held to challenge distorted and inaccurate food beliefs. Likewise, cooking and supervised/therapeutic eating experiences are exposure response prevention activities. Also, group and individual therapy sessions are designed to address the core issues underlying the eating disorder behavior and develop more adaptive coping skills. [Learn More]


Half-Day Programs (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Programs are for those functioning adequately but need more support and structure than outpatient therapy. Also, an individual in IOP may be transitioning from a higher level of care, such as a hospital, residential, or partial hospitalization program. The IOP program allows individuals to continue their life activities, such as work, school, or childcare, and attend treatment. [Learn more]


Outpatient Groups, Alumni and Family Support

The term “continuum of care” is defined as the delivery of care over a period of time. This means connecting individuals to the various parts of the continuum, based on the assessed needs, at any point in the recovery process. For example, a person may start in residential treatment and step down to our expanding outpatient services. It also means interfacing with the community to educate them about prevention, connecting individuals to the appropriate level of care when treatment is needed, and providing or connecting individuals and their families with long-term recovery management.


“At Sanford Behavioral Health, we create our outpatient services for eating disorders and substance use disorders based on the needs we are seeing in the community. Because of our medical and clinical depth, we can increase PHP and IOP tracks at our outpatient centers. And the natural addition of Sanford Supportive Housing facilitates helping individuals outside of the Grand Rapids area or those stepping down from residential treatment.” Sarah Bono, Sanford Executive Vice President, Business Development


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Continuing the Mission

At Sanford, we create a consistent system of treatment that guides and tracks our patients through all levels of treatment intensity. Further, we recognize the importance of a long-term continuum of treatment programs, classes, and resources. Successful treatment of eating disorders, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions typically requires continual evaluation and adjustment, similar to the approach for other chronic diseases. We work directly with our patients to transition them into a safe, supported living environment after treatment. With our expanded outpatient programs and Sanford Supportive Housing, we can continue our mission to elevate the effectiveness and availability of treatment for our Michigan community and beyond.


If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, eating disorders, or co-occurring mental health conditions, don’t wait to change your life – click the link below to speak with an admissions specialist today.

Sanford Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited as an addiction, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving all of Michigan and beyond. Each of Sanford’s facilities in Greater Grand Rapids is carefully and diligently crafted to create a welcoming and comforting environment. Sanford is led by a psychiatrist-led team of medical, clinical, and support personnel providing medication-assisted, evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth patients. For more information, visit