Stepping Stones Intensive Outpatient Program


8050 W Northview St., Boise, ID 83704

Phone: 208.982.1958

Fax: 208.629.3901


824 S. Diamond St., Nampa, ID 83686

Phone: 208.982.1958

Fax: 208.629.3901


Nampa IOP Schedule = 1:00 - 4:30 pm

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Stepping Stones is committed to helping individuals achieve mental and emotional balance through personalized care and a structured, supportive environment.

At Stepping Stones, we recognize all of our clients as individuals and strive to create personalized treatment plans to help clients meet their diverse needs. We actively work to support a person’s physical, social, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual well-being through individualized care plans and a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. We invite members of our client’s support systems to engage in the recovery process to foster a strong, supportive environment outside of the program. At Stepping Stones, we believe that with supportive intervention, recovery is possible.

About Stepping Stones IOP 

Stepping Stones is a specialized intensive outpatient program designed for adults who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness.  This program is designed for those whose symptoms are not well managed at a standard outpatient level of care. Stepping Stones may be utilized as a either a stepdown program from inpatient or partial hospitalization or as a step-up level of care for community members needing additional support to manage their symptoms. Stepping Stones offers individual counseling, medication management, and group classes including education, skill building, processing, and family support groups. Groups run for three hours in the afternoon three days per week for the standard track. Lower intensity maintenance tracks are also available for those who have graduated from the program. Stepping Stones allows individuals the flexibility to remain active members of the community while receiving structured mental health support.

Typical Day at Stepping Stones

8:30am    First Group

9:30am    Break

9:45am    Second Group

10:45am  Break

11:00am  Third Group

12:00pm  End of Day

Types of Group Classes Available

  • Goal Setting Groups

  • Skill Building Groups

  • Psychoeducation Groups

  • Closed Process Groups

  • Process Groups open to Support System

*Groups alternate throughout the week. Medication management and therapy will be scheduled once per week during program hours

Services Available

  • Group Therapy

  • Individual Therapy

  • Medication Management

  • 24-hour crisis coverage

  • Case Management

Meet the Treatment Team

  • Psychiatrist

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Physician's Assistant

  • Therapist

  • Case Manager

How to make a Referral

We strive to make referrals fast and easy, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Refer self of client

  • Call for a phone screening

  • Apply online*

  • Fax a referral packet (forms found online)

  • Email for information or referral packet

  • Schedule an appointment

What you will need

  • Fill out the application form online or in person

  • Sign consents online or in person

  • Complete assessments online or in person

  • Submit a copy of your most recent History and Physical or schedule one with your Primary Care

*We are in the process of creating an online application. Online forms may not be available at this time

What Not to Bring to Treatment 

Our desire is to provide a safe, uninterrupted recovery environment. Please do not bring the following items:

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and/or drug paraphernalia

  • Alcohol and alcohol based products (mouthwash)

  • Glass or metal containers/items 

  • Plastic bags

  • Electronics (headphones, cameras, tablets, etc.)

  • Cell phones are not used during program hours

  • Inhalants (spray paint, liquid white-out, rubber cement, etc.)

  • Flammable materials (butane lighter, aerosols, hairspray, etc.)

  • Guns and explosive devices

  • Other weapons (knives, batons, etc.) 

  • Razors/clippers/tweezers/nail clippers/nail file

  • Outside food & drink

  • Clothing promoting illegal activity or drugs/alcohol

  • Sharp objects (scissors/knives/safety pins/needles/toothpicks/ etc. 

  • Ropes/chains/duct tape or other similar items

*Any other items which, in the judgement of program staff, present a safety issue or disruption to the program

**Lifeways is not responsible for lost or stolen items while engaging in the program.