“Outpatient” means that you get treatment in an office or clinic in the community. A psychiatrist,psychologist, nurse, social worker, or other type of therapist may help you with treatment.
Outpatient services are a good place to start when you think you need help and need someone to talk to about your issues. An outpatient service provider can help you decide what services are right for you.
What happens in outpatient services?
At your first appointment, someone will meet with you and ask you questions about your strengths, needs, and goals for recovery. The more you share with the health care provider, the better they can understand and help you. Your provider will work with you to develop a plan for services, including how often you should come back, when your next appointment will be, and other services or supports that might help you.
Who else should be involved?
Your provider will communicate with your medical doctor and/or another provider who is treating you, to coordinate your care. This is done to make sure that all the services you receive are right for you and support your recovery. Before your provider can do this, he or she will ask for your permission to speak with your other doctors.
Community Care recommends that you allow your provider to communicate with your medical doctor — especially when you are starting treatment or if you are being treated for other medical conditions.