About the Program/IOP
Continuum Behavioral Health now offers Substance Use Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) at both our Providence and North Kingstown locations. Continuum’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides treatment to individuals struggling with co-occurring and substance use issues. The program offers initial and ongoing assessment, group therapy, medication evaluation and medication management, individual sessions focused on treatment and aftercare planning, urine toxicology monitoring, and family involvement. The program is designed to provide a supportive and solution-oriented intervention tailored to the individual. Treatment intensity, focus and length will be proportionate to the individual’s need.
The overall goal of the program is to provide a safe therapeutic environment that encourages and promotes health recovery. The program is abstinence-based and appropriate for individuals transitioning from a higher level of care (ie: hospital, residential and PHP) or for individuals needing more structured support than outpatient services.
Each session is three (3) hours per day, four (4) days per week. Daytime and evening programs are available and the average length of the program is approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the individual need, and clinical necessity.
Research substantiates the benefit of the group process-
* Increase sense of support and connectedness
* Decrease in self-criticism and negativity
* Greater ease in identifying feelings and self-disclosure
* Increased confidence in trying out possible solutions.
The theoretical approach to the groups are a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Enhancement. Topics include Relapse Prevention, Family Systems, Neurobiology of Addiction, Introduction to support groups including AA.
How to Begin the Referral Process
Continuum’s IOP is has two locations:
Continuum at Butler Campus
200 Butler Drive, Providence
(4th speed bump on the left)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 4p-7p
Continuum at Meadows Edge
Ten Rod Rd, North Kingston
Tues, Thurs, Fri Sat from 9-12pm
Tues. Thurs Friday, Fri 5-8p, and
Saturday from 9am-12:00pm
Please call the above number to schedule an intake appointment. Additionally, providers can fax the patient’s demographic/insurance info, initial assessment, most recent MD note, lab results and medication list to the corresponding location.
Continuum Behavioral Health is contracted with most of the major providers- BCBS, Optum, UBH, Beacon/NHP; Tufts, HPHC, Cigna, Aetna, Magellan, in addition to Self Pay
Patients will need to provide their insurance card to their appointment so verification of benefits for levels of care can occur.
Why Choose Continuum?
Continuum is passionate about your health, well-being, and recovery. Our diverse staff is dedicated to helping you achieve the goals you set for yourself. Continuum services are also convenient, accessible, affordable and effective in order to make your time with us as accommodating and useful as possible. We want to help you help yourself, and Continuum’s IOP is an excellent place to start.
Jessica Markowitz is a clinical therapist at Continuum Behavioral Health, based out of Women and Infants Hospital, and specializes in treating pregnant and postpartum women. Markowitz is passionate about normalizing mental health and teaching patients to not be ashamed about what they’re experiencing. As a perinatal mental health specialist, she does all she can to support pregnant women and prepare them for parenting.
Always interested in how the mind works and how our experiences shape us, Markowitz pursued a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Knowing she wanted to become a clinical therapist, she went on to receive a Masters in Social Work from Smith College in Massachusetts.
Markowitz first entered the behavioral health field as an intern at Bradley Hospital in East Providence. It was not until sometime later while looking for fulltime work that she happened upon her first job in perinatal mental health at a midwife clinic in Denver, Colorado. Although she had no prior experience working with pregnant women, she “just fell in love with it, and thought this is the work I’m meant to do,” said Markowitz.
She has worked with Continuum since February as an outpatient therapist located at Rhode Island Hospital. As the only Continuum employee working at the hospital, Markowitz says, “I have this whole support of this team here so I can do a lot of collaboration with the day hospital therapists and I can connect Continuum patients here with our psychiatrists for med management.”
Working everyday with patients suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Markowitz has a unique and highly personal approach to treatment. “I am always interested in learning about peoples’ childhoods and past experiences and the way that influences the way they make sense of the world.” She takes the time to hear each and every patient’s story, because she cares to listen.
1 in 7 women face postpartum depression during pregnancy or within the first year, and Markowitz wants her patients to know that it is okay to not be okay. “I love being able to work with people and remove the shame around postpartum depression and anxiety. You’re not born knowing how to parent, you are thrown into this transition, she said.
Markowitz also has plans for the future; she is in the beginning stages of starting a Continuum group therapy program at the hospital, for patients struggling with similar problems. She goes above and beyond to deliver the highest level of care and comfort to her patients; its’ safe to say they’re in good hands.
Gretchen Anderson is the clinical director of Continuum at Meadows Edge, and is passionate about finding new ways of reaching those who need care.
Gretchen’s first experience in healthcare was volunteer work in her home state of Minnesota. After doing her undergrad studies at the University of New Mexico, she worked in a residential facility for adolescents and debated between going into either nursing or social work.
She chose the latter, and obtained a Masters of Social Work from Highlands University in New Mexico. “I’ve always had a kind of nurturing sensibility and I like to problem solve, so this field was a natural fit for me.”
After relocating to Rhode Island, Gretchen worked at Butler Hospital for 11 years as a social services clinician, a position that provided important training for her current role. “My experiences at Butler made me a better clinician, but it also helped me to understand healthcare structures and the importance of making sure other clinicians have the support they need.”
She started at Meadows Edge in October 2016. As clinical director, she is responsible for ensuring that the Center is following state regulations and policies, improving care in current programs and looking at implementation of new programs, among many other things.
But unlike most clinical directors, Gretchen also keeps up with an assigned caseload of patients in addition to her administrative duties. “It keeps me grounded and focused on a day-to-day basis, and it helps me to think creatively about the different systems we need to develop to offer better services.” When seeing patients, she is very holistic in her approach to care, and tries to meet people where they are at, whether involvement with legal issues, family issues or personal issues.
The variety is an aspect of the position Gretchen greatly enjoys. “My duties can range from going outside and sweeping the front porch to triaging an acute patient situation.”
What does Gretchen feel sets Continuum at Meadows Edge apart? “The talented staff and the accessibility of appointments. We have doctors and a nurse prescriber that are available to meet with our patients, and we’re usually able to give someone an intake in the first 24 hours, which is not typically the case everywhere.”
Looking to the future of Meadows Edge, Gretchen is exploring the possibility expanding intensive outpatient hours to Saturdays and extending their successful pain program. “We have a long history of solid clinical expertise; my job is to look at better ways of delivering care and reducing the stigma surrounding substance use treatment.”
Outside of work, Gretchen likes outdoor activities and spending time with family.