The Bright Path Intensive Out-Patient Program

Bright Path GPS (IOP) is an intensive out-patient program for individuals (primarily young adults) who are in need of a structured environment to continue to work toward overcoming mental health, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse concerns and who find benefits for recovering from engaging in an Intensive Out-Patient Program (IOP).

This treatment modality provides a complete treatment plan addressing clients particular needs. In addition, the treatment environment is less restrictive than programming offered in Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs), In-Patient Treatment Settings, and/or within Residential Treatment Centers. However, the programming remains structured with the goal being to assist the client in recovery and re-integration back into society.

What Comprises the Program?

The Bright Path Intensive Out-Patient Program is a partial-day treatment program consisting of specialized group therapy sessions led by clinical therapists. The program is skills-based, emphasizing the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The program is fully documented and measurable.

Three sessions per day are available: mornings 9:00am – 12:00pm / afternoons 1:00pm – 4:00pm /  evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
The program consists of a Goals Group and a DBT Group, ending with a Coping Skill Group or CBT Group.The IOP runs a minimum of six weeks on a tapering schedule. Some clients remain longer, based on symptoms and medical necessity.

The Program is:

  • Time Limited;
  • Multidisciplinary/Multimodal Structured Treatment in Out-Patient Setting;
  • Program is used to intervene in a complex or refractory clinical situation to achieve/maintain stability for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness;
  • Clinical interventions available include individual, group, family support, psychoeducational, therapies and medication management; and
  • Treatment is individualized and focused on acute stabilization.

Behavioral Therapies include the following:

  • Mental Health IOP;
  • CBT;
  • DBT; and
  • EMDR.

Programming is also wrapped around the following additional modalities:

  • Pain Program;
  • Addiction Program;
  • Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy;
  • Family Programming and Counseling; and
  • Adjunct Therapies (art, music, nutrition classes, horticulture therapy, yoga, massage, and fitness classes).

Programming is offered at 347 Carpenter Drive and 270 Carpenter Drive (Suite 230), Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328.

What Makes Us Different?

Through our documented and out-come driven modalities (evidence-based, innovative programming), we offer programming that is individualized to the client (i.e., our programming is flexible allowing the client to address concerns and issues individually geared toward their specific needs rather than to the group as a whole). Individual clients can, therefore, receive life-changing techniques to continue to assist them in recovery.

Bright Path IOP has earned the Gold Seal of approval by the Joint Commission.

Bright Path Program GPS is proud to announce its affiliation with Emory University Medical School for a Fourth Year Resident Rotation in Community Psychiatry



Admission Requirements Include:

Prior to engaging in treatment, individuals must: 

  • Partake in a Bio-Psychosocial Assessment;
  • Individual History is Reviewed;
  • Presenting Symptoms are Assessed; and
  • Current Medical Records are Reviewed.

Once the assessment is complete, documents will be reviewed by the clinical staff who will determine the level of care that will be provided to meet the individual’s needs.

Program Schedule

The core program is provided during the day, as well as during the evening hours. Schedules will be provided after the initial assessment at which time the client will be provided with a program which best meets the clients needs.

Day Schedule    –       10:30 am – 3:00 pm – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Night Schedule  –         6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Adjunct therapies, such as horticultural therapy, music therapy, art therapy, yoga, massage and nutrition classes are also available to assist and aiding clients to live a healthy life.

All clients receive individualized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs. Treatment plans include monthly goals which are monitored and adjusted monthly in order for clients to realize success rates for their individual goals. Individualized treatment plans will include a variety of therapeutic modalities.

Adjunct therapies are also available as add-ons to the IOP program.

Medication Management 

Implementation of psychotropic medications, in some instances, can benefit certain individuals as a complement to therapeutic interventions (medications can work to alleviate physical and psychological distress brought on by symptoms).

All medications are prescribed by a Licensed Board-Certified Psychiatrist and coordinated with the medical team.  Follow-up meetings with the psychiatrist will be held on an as-needed basis.

Group Therapy

The IOP primarily utilizes Group Therapy sessions for delivery of the program. The make-up of the group sessions will vary depending on the specific needs of the client with all session led by professionals. Sessions allow individuals to problem solve education modalities, as well as providing guidance in order to manage and receive support to and from peers who are also engaged in the program. The main focus of the Group Therapy Sessions is to provide peer interaction which can serve to assist individuals in realizing they are not alone in their struggles. This also promotes healing and acceptance.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy sessions allow clients to meet one-on-one with a licensed clinical therapist/counselor in a confidential setting. Individual therapy provides time to process past experiences relating to anxiety, depression and/or other mental health issues while at the same time receiving ongoing support. In the IOP program, individual therapy sessions are provided on an as-needed basis.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy is beneficial not just to the client but to the client/family relationship. Family Therapy can address damage resulting from the family unit (as a whole) or as a result of an individual’s mental, behavioral or chemical dependency concerns.

Additionally, family member are often times made aware and/or educated as to the issues that surround their “loved one”. The Family unit can be educated as to ways in which to best address issues with their family member. Family Therapy is typically held on an as-needed basis.


Continuum-of-Care is key to the recovery process for all individual living with mental health and/or addictive issues. Therefore, our therapists/counselors start discharge plans at the start of the treatment program. Our mission is to document that “goals” are set and managed during the treatment process, as well as after the treatment process in order to maintain recovery.

The discharge plans and “at-home” case management is in place to help ensure an individual has guidance for continued recover and has the tools at hand to maintain his or her success once treatment has been completed.

How are Bright Path Program GPS
Programs differ from the Industry Norm

  • Active treatment foundation (curriculums of care);
  • Resident participation (with invitation to families and caretakers to be part of the active treatment team);
  • A physician lead multi-disciplined treatment team;
  • Documentation (an individualized treatment plan; master plan updated weekly); and
  • Resident/participant measured/tracked and shared with participant and family.
  • Staff initial and ongoing program education (ie: educate staff on stages of illness, patterns, treatment options, step by step treatment delivery etc.);
  • Quality control measures (weekly record audit); and
  • Ongoing program evolution (combined with curriculum expansion and in-service staff trainings).

If you or a loved one is in need of therapeutic care for mental health, behavioral health, or chemical dependency issues, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

(404) 200-1925 / (404) 786-4440

 By receiving treatment, healing and recovery can be within your reach.


(404) 200-1925 / (404) 786-4440

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