Mental & Behavioral Health | Autism | Family Support

Intensive Outpatient Services

KidsTLC’s evening Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for children and families experiencing greater difficulties than traditional outpatient services can provide. The purpose of this program is to keep families together and prevent out-of-home care. The focus of this program is to improve relational abilities that will improve family, school, and community life. The format focuses on group activities and skills but includes individual support for the child as well as family therapy and parenting education and support groups.


  • Regular hours: Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Parent CARES session: Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Program Overview

KidsTLC’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a structured group therapy program accommodates children, ages 6 through 17, who exhibit psychiatric symptoms and significant impairment in day-to-day educational, social and interpersonal functioning. This unique program offers a much-needed intermediate level of care, serving as a bridge between inpatient hospitalization or PRTF and a traditional office outpatient setting. The significant time commitment from both child (daily) and parent (Thursdays), helps promote the most beneficial outcomes.

IOP is an effective alternative program for parents, youth, school counselors and other providers because of its ability to supply a wide array of specialized services in a relatively short period of time.

IOP exists to offer the critical support youth and families need in order for youth to remain in, or successfully transition back into the community.

Client groups are designed to meet individualized needs. Each group incorporates a variety of curricular goals, including practicing healthy communication, helping develop coping skills, distress tolerance, DBT techniques, and therapeutic games.

In order to integrate guardians, IOP partners with KidsTLC’s CARES Program, which is designed with the family in mind. This REQUIRED gathering takes place every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The night is filled with activities for both parents and children to learn and grow together. Parents are also given time to work with clinicians on skills their child has developed throughout the week. This provides ample opportunity for an individualized plan to be created, as well as a safe place for parents to learn how to best support their child.

Kansas Medicaid is the most common form of payment for the Phoenix Connections program. Private pay is available. No private insurance is currently accepted.

Features & Services

  • Multidisciplinary team approach
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Medication management available or coordinated with referring practitioner
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Trauma-specific focus
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Multi-family group meetings
  • Parent Education and Support groups
  • Individual and family therapy (as needed)

Admissions & Payment

Please call Kelly English, Vice President of Clinical Operations at
913-324-3611 or Lauren Hentchel, Intake Director at 913-324-3627 for a referral.

There are two ways in which one can pay for treatment at KidsTLC’s Intensive Outpatient Program. The first and most common way is through Kansas Medicaid. The second way to pay for treatment is through private pay.

Please contact Lauren Hentchel, Intake Director, at 913-324-3627 to discuss Medicaid or private pay options in more detail.