Levels of Care

At our facility, medical professionals use clinical assessments to determine the best treatment plan for each client. These assessments examine physical and mental health as well as current and past drug use. Many substance abuse treatment plans start with a medical detox and are followed by an outpatient program. 

The levels of care provided by Denver Mental Health and Counseling include:

Outpatient Treatment

In an outpatient treatment program, patients do not live onsite at a rehab center. Rather, they attend appointments at a facility while living at home or in a sober living community. Traditional outpatient programs generally provide under nine hours of treatment per week. Treatment typically includes a combination of individual or group therapy and medical appointments. Outpatient care is best suited for people who have mild substance use concerns or have already completed higher levels of care, like an inpatient program. It is also suited for many mental health disorders where substance abuse is not present. 


Intensive Outpatient

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is similar to a standard outpatient program but more involved. It provides at least nine hours of care per week, and the treatment plans tend to be more structured. Patients in an IOP still return home after sessions each day.

Dual Diagnosis

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about half of people struggling with substance abuse will also experience a mental health disorder. For this reason, Denver Mental Health and Counseling offers treatment that can address substance use and mental health disorders simultaneously. Dual diagnosis treatment typically includes behavioral therapy and medication when appropriate.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines the use of medication and counseling to treat substance use. It is approved to treat opioid and alcohol addictions, as it can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. However, MAT is not for everyone and is used only when medically appropriate.

Individual Therapy

Most outpatient rehab programs include some form of individual therapy. This approach can help patients process their emotions and learn healthy coping skills for life’s stressors. Individual therapy can also teach patients how to respond to interpersonal conflicts or events that might interfere with their recovery. 


Group Therapy

Many outpatient programs also include group therapy meetings. Group therapy offers patients social support from a group of people who understand what they’re going through. It also helps patients stay accountable for their sobriety.

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What To Expect

Understanding what to expect at Denver Mental Health and Counseling can help make your experience with us a positive one. 

  1. Before Your Appointment

You will receive some emails from us before your first appointment. The first email introduces you to Nobu, our mental wellness app. There, you can create an account, see your upcoming appointments and message your clinician directly. You should still download and create an account on Nobu even if you made your appointment(s) in person, as any virtual appointments and other communications will take place directly within the app. 

You will receive another email containing electronic consent forms to be completed before your first appointment. You will then receive an email confirming your upcoming appointment(s).

  1. What to Bring 

Some items you will need for your first session include:

  • A valid ID
  • Insurance card/information
  • Relevant medical records
  • Note-taking aid, like a pen and notepad/journal (optional)

Please note that children and pets are not allowed in the office lobby or therapy areas before, during or after sessions. Only ADA-certified support animals are allowed.

  1. Expectations Upon Arrival
    We ask that you arrive at the facility 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give our staff members time to check you in and confirm any necessary details before your appointment. Please bring all required documentation with you for the appointment.  

Our Staff

Clinical Director
Bruce Santiago, LMHC, LPC Clinical Director


Does Denver Mental Health and Counseling accept insurance?

Denver Mental Health and Counseling does work with most national and local insurance providers. However, while many insurance plans offer coverage for mental health and substance abuse counseling, nearly all plans require some out-of-pocket costs. These expenses include copays, coinsurance and deductibles, which collectively are called “Patient Responsibility.” Contact your insurance provider or our helpful representatives to determine your coverage plan and learn if Denver Mental Health and Counseling is an in-network provider.

What are the benefits of outpatient treatment?

Outpatient treatment allows people to treat their mental health and substance use disorders while continuing their daily routines, such as work, school and family obligations. It gives clients more independence, as it’s less demanding and structured than inpatient programs. Outpatient programs are best suited for those who have only mild substance use and mental health concerns or have recently completed an inpatient program.

How long does treatment last?

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) generally last for a month or longer. After completing an IOP, clients will generally transition to a traditional outpatient program, which can last for three to nine months. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends participating in longer treatment plans for an increased chance of long-term recovery.

What is the intake process like?

A representative from our facility will speak with you to determine your treatment needs and schedule your first appointment. You can often begin treatment on the same day as your call or shortly after. When you arrive at our facility, an intake specialist will speak with you further and create a personalized treatment plan that will address your individual concerns and needs.