Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked or stigmatized. For those struggling with mental health issues, finding the right treatment can be a daunting task. One option that has been gaining popularity is a mental health outpatient program. 

What is an Outpatient Program?

Outpatient programs are designed for individuals who do not require 24-hour care but still need structured treatment for their mental health or substance use. It typically involves attending therapy sessions and participating in group activities for a set number of hours per week. The length of an outpatient program may vary depending on treatment type, and individual needs. 

Inpatient vs Outpatient Programs

As the names suggest, the main difference between an inpatient vs outpatient mental health program is hospitalization. Inpatient programs require the individual to stay in the facility 24/7, while outpatient programs do not. While this may make it seem like inpatient programs are automatically more intensive or effective because of the required stay, there are several intensive outpatient programs that don’t require hospitalization that can be just as effective. There are also several other benefits that you can experience with an outpatient program that you may not have at an inpatient program.


One of the main benefits of a mental health outpatient program is its flexibility. Unlike inpatient programs, which require individuals to stay at a facility for a certain period of time, outpatient programs, such as partial hospitalization programs, allow individuals to continue living at home and maintain their daily routines. This can be especially beneficial for those who have work or family commitments that they cannot put on hold.


Another advantage of an outpatient program is its cost-effectiveness. Inpatient programs can be quite expensive, as they require individuals to pay for room and board in addition to treatment. Outpatient programs, on the other hand, only charge for the treatment itself, making it a more affordable option overall.

Individualized Treatment

Mental health outpatient programs also offer individualized treatment plans. This means that each person’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs and goals. This personalized approach allows for a more effective and efficient treatment process, as it addresses the person’s unique challenges and concerns.

Community Support

Participating in a mental health outpatient program also provides individuals with a sense of community and support. Group therapy sessions allow individuals to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, providing a sense of understanding and togetherness. This can be especially beneficial for those who may feel isolated in their struggles.

Continuity of Care

For those who have completed an inpatient program, transitioning to an outpatient program can provide continuity of care. This means that individuals can continue to receive treatment and support as they adjust to life outside of a treatment facility. This can help prevent relapse and provide a smoother transition back into daily life.

Finding an Outpatient Program

Hope is within reach — Wekiva offers both outpatient treatment and inpatient programs available to those who are in need. Reach out to 904-296-3533 or schedule an assessment today.

About Wekiva Springs Hospital

Wekiva Springs Hospital is a welcoming facility that provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. Located in Jacksonville, FL, we offer services to adult and senior adults.

Our beautiful campus is specifically designed to facilitate healing and recovery for each of our patients. We pride ourselves on accommodating the severity of each patient’s condition and servicing each individual need. Some of our services include our mental health, substance abuse, outpatient group therapy programs and more.

To schedule a no-cost assessment or for more information, please call 904-295-1995