Outpatient FAQ / What to Expect

We know it can be tough to make a decision about treatment. Here is a brief list of frequently asked questions about our services and programs. We are always available to answer any questions you do not see on this list.

Call us at (971) 228-8000.

Who is appropriate for Cedar Hills Outpatient Services?
Individuals 18 and older with a diagnosis of mental health or substance abuse or dependence, who are:

  • Able to participate in a structured daily program
  • Independent with activities of daily living
  • Not currently a danger to themselves or others

What is a typical day like at the Cedar Hills Outpatient Program?
Depending on each patient’s level of programming, he or she can participate in either three or four 50-minute groups with ten-minute breaks in between. These interactive groups are designed with a specific focus. Individual, couples or family therapy sessions may be scheduled with a therapist as needed. If medication management is required, patients may request to be placed on the schedule to see one of our two psychiatric nurse practitioners for medication management.

We begin our day at 9:00am and offer coffee, tea, water, snacks and lunch if you stay for the fourth group from 12:30-1:30.

If you are attending an evening group on Monday, Wednesdays or Fridays, the Co-occurring Group and Impaired Professionals Group meet at 5:30pm and we end at 8:30pm. These groups will also have access to coffee, tea, water and snacks.

We have a comfortable lounge area for patients enjoy as well.

How long will I attend?
An average time span for an outpatient program with Cedar Hills is six to eight weeks. Treatment progress and time span are evaluated by your team of treatment planning specialists.

Will I have to participate in a UDS (Urine Drug Screen)?
All of our clients coming in for Substance Use Disorder Treatment will need to participate in a baseline UDS, and random UDS throughout treatment. Additionally, we attempt to gather a baseline UDS on all of our clients regardless of program. At times the treatment team may feel it necessary to establish random UDS for clients if substance use appears to be a treatment issue not originally sought out, but is deemed by the team or client as problematic.

How will I pay for treatment at Cedar Hills Outpatient Services?
Cedar Hills Outpatient Services contracts with most major insurance plans. We accept Medicare and TRICARE. We can assist you in verifying whether your insurance covers our programs through our business office. If you have questions about your insurance, please contact us or click here for a complete list of insurance providers.

Can I still get medication there if I don’t want to be a part of the groups?
We do not provide medication management as a stand-alone service. Patients must be actively attending their scheduled groups in order to receive prescriptions and for the providers prescribing medications to be able to monitor progress.

How big is the group size?
Typical groups are 10-12 patients in size.

What makes Cedar Hills Outpatient Services unique from other treatment providers?
This is what sets Cedar Hills apart from the rest…

At Cedar Hills, we offer dynamic, specialized groups that offer treatment for both mental illness, chemical dependency or both! Our co-occurring programs are flexible and offer daytime, after school or work program for you to be able to continue living your life while you are in treatment.

Group Therapy
Cedar Hills Outpatient Services offers a wide range of time frames to accommodate a variety of schedules. We have group therapy available in the weekdays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and afternoon/evening group therapy from 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Alumni Group
In addition to making healing patients who are currently experiencing crisis, Cedar Hills Outpatient Services holds a weekly patient alumni group for those that have completed treatment. This Alumni Group is an open, peer-led group that meets every Monday at the outpatient office from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. It is open to any patient who has completed either inpatient or outpatient care with Cedar Hills Hospital or Cedar Hills Outpatient Services.

We also host a variety of other treatment-related events to celebrate accomplishments in therapy including pizza socials and treatment completion ceremonies amongst others.