Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Visions Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

Visions Outpatient Services in Lafayette, LA offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP), designed to prevent inpatient hospitalization or to provide a step-down level of care for individuals who have completed either inpatient treatment or partial hospitalization program (PHP) and who can benefit from continued professional support prior to returning home.

Intensive outpatient program

Individuals who enroll in IOP attend treatment three days per week, and participate in five groups each day, for a total of 15 groups each week. IOP participants may receive transportation to and from treatment, and lunch is provided. The typical length of stay in IOP is about six weeks.

The goal of IOP is to help individuals understand their condition, improve their ability to cope, achieve their full potential in terms of both functioning and independence, and improve their overall quality of life. To accomplish these objectives, IOP incorporates a variety of treatment options, including therapy, psychotropic medications, and educational groups.


This program is designed for individuals who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, compulsive behaviors, bipolar disorder, grief, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Program components include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy groups, anger and stress management, coping and life skills education, spiritual enhancement, mindfulness, process groups, and family education.


This program, which is based on the principles of the 12-Step recovery model, is designed for patients who struggle with a substance use disorder involving alcohol or narcotics, as well as those who are dealing with dual diagnosis. Individuals in this program will participate in the program components that are listed for the Balance program, and will also receive chemical dependency education, relapse prevention guidance, and education in the 12 steps.


This program is designed for men and women who have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD). The Stability program is also an effective treatment environment for individuals who are struggling with issues related to anger, impulse control, and change of life matters. Group psychotherapy topics include managing stress and anger, enhancing coping skills, developing a positive attitude, improving communication skills, building self-esteem, changing distorted thinking patterns, medication management, relapse prevention, and adjusting to change.


The content of this program is similar to that of the Stability program, and is designed for individuals who are experiencing the same issues of those who enroll in the Stability program. However, the Experience program is conducted in a manner that is better suited to geriatric patients, adults who require or can benefit from from a less intense group pace, or individuals who are dealing with mild memory impairment. In addition to the group psychotherapy topics that are described in the Stability program section, services in the Experience program also features cognitive enhancement and reminiscing.

The IOP option is part of our ongoing effort to provide the highest quality of care in the manner that is best suited to meeting the needs of a wide range of prospective patients. To learn more about IOP, other treatment opportunities, or any other aspect of care at Visions or Vermilion Behavioral Health System, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to answer all of your questions and help you determine if Visions is the ideal place for you or someone you care about.

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