Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program at Lindner Center of HOPE

Weight restoration, nutritional support, coping skills instruction and disease management assistance are features of this Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program for adults.

For those who suffer with eating disorders, food and mealtimes become a source of fear, panic, anxiety and pain. Managing this illness often requires an intermediate level of care between partial hospitalization and outpatient care; this level of care is available at Lindner Center of HOPE for adults age 18 and older.

The Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program at Lindner Center of HOPE (EDO IOP) is a treatment program designed to provide more intensive treatment for eating disordered patients for those who are not benefitting from outpatient treatment but do not meet criteria for partial hospitalization or inpatient treatment.  The goals of EDO IOP are to continue weight restoration, nutritional support and planning, develop coping skills, and to assist patients in the management of their disease and symptoms to the point that traditional outpatient services will be effective. EDO IOP is often used as step-down treatment from partial hospitalization with the intent of transitioning the patient back into their home environment and healthy routines.  As such, EDO IOP is a cost effective option for patients who meet admission criteria for this program.

EDO IOP traditionally operates Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on the campus of the Lindner Center of HOPE at 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, 45040. Alternative days will be identified when programming is closed due to holidays. Patients are expected to arrive at 2:30 for check in.  Weight checks and appointments with the dietician will occur at this time. Patients will also be expected to schedule with an individual therapist specialized trained in eating disorders at Lindner Center of HOPE on Mondays during the duration of the program. Duration of the program is based on individual progress towards established goals. The program features:

  • Dedicated treatment team
  • Monitored weight
  • Check-In and Check-Out with goal setting and debriefing of skills attempted
  • Three hours of EDO-specific programming daily, including supported dinners and afternoon snacks as needed (food included)
  • Medical and Nutritional Consultation upon admission
  • Individual meal planning support
  • Restaurant, grocery store, and clothing store outings for exposure therapy
  • Establishment of continuity of Eating Disorder care in the community
  • Access to Eating Disorder Family Support Group Click here for flyer

Call now to speak with an intake specialist:  (513) 536-4673.

The Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program at Lindner Center of HOPE (EDO IOP) is a treatment program designed to provide intensive treatment for eating disordered patients who do not meet criteria for partial hospitalization but who are not stable enough to be treated in the traditional outpatient setting.  The goal of EDO IOP is weight restoration, nutritional support and planning, instruction of cognitive coping skills, and to assist patients in the management of their disease and symptoms to the point that traditional outpatient services will be effective. EDO IOP is often used as step-down treatment from partial hospitalization with the intent of transitioning the patient back into their home environment and healthy routines.

  • 18 years or older
  • Eating disorder diagnosis classified in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)
  • Currently experiencing at least one of the following:
    • Ideal body weight <90%;
    • Intense fear of gaining weight;
    • Distorted body image;
    • Binge eating episodes; or
    • Compensatory behaviors.
      • Purging
      • Fasting
      • Excessive exercising
  • Referral from licensed independent practitioner
  • Admission on a voluntary basis with the ability to participate in the therapeutic process
  • Reasonable expectation that presenting symptoms can be reduced or controlled
  • Patient must have an established outpatient provider who can provide services upon discharge from the IOP program.

Admission process includes:

  • Referral from licensed independent practitioner received by intake specialists including basic patient information, reason for referral, laboratory results and EKG
  • Review and acceptance by EDO IOP treatment team
  • Physician assessment (completed within 3 days of starting the program)
  • Nutritional assessment (completed within 3 days of starting the program)
  • Development of initial individualized treatment plan

During check in, badges will be issued to the enrollee and must be turned in when leaving the facility.

Many insurance plans have specific Intensive Outpatient Program benefits. Lindner Center of HOPE will work with each patient to determine coverage prior to enrollment in the program.

  • The Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program at Lindner Center of HOPE (EDO IOP) operates Tuesdays through Fridays, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (except legal holidays) on the campus of the Lindner Center of HOPE at 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, 45040.
  • Patients attend EDO IOP four days per week. They will schedule with an individual therapist specialized in eating disorders at Lindner Center of HOPE on Mondays during the duration of their participation in IOP.
  • Duration of the program is based on individual progress toward established goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can patients drive to EDO IOP? Does the program offer transportation?

Any patient who can safely drive and is permitted to do so may drive to and from the program.  All others must arrange transportation as Lindner Center of HOPE does not offer transportation for this program.


Will my insurance cover EDO IOP?

Many insurance plans cover intensive outpatient services.  Lindner Center of HOPE staff will work with each individual patient to determine coverage prior to enrollment in the program.


How do I contact the IOP team for referral and possible admission?

Call 513-536-4673 to learn more about the program or make a patient referral.


Is Medicaid coverage accepted?

Currently the Lindner Center of HOPE EDO IOP program does not participate in the Medicaid program.


Will the patient need money for meals or incidental items?

No money is needed during the EDO IOP day for enrolled patients.


How are medications managed during the day?

Medications should be taken prior to program attendance each day as prescribed.  Medications will not be administered by program staff.


Does the program offer a waiting list?

Waiting lists will be kept in high volume times.  If the program is full when a patient qualifies for admission, a screening assessment will be completed, the request for EDO IOP admission recorded and appropriate recommendations for treatment provided to the patient.


Are there any patient exclusionary criteria?

Patients will not be admitted to the program if any of the following apply:

  • Meets criteria for inpatient or partial hospitalization
  • Significant active or invasive medical treatment needs not usually managed by the patient himself/herself
  • Criminal court order for treatment
  • History of sexual perpetration or a registered sexual offender