Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

PHP services are designed to be a “step-down” program for people newly discharged from a psychiatric hospital who are ready for a lower level of care, as well as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for individuals experiencing severe emotional distress. The goal of this program is to assist people in successfully functioning in the community. PHP provides comprehensive short-term structured outpatient treatment for adults living at home. The program is offered five days a week for five hours per day. Individual/group therapy, psychiatric evaluation, psychological/social assessment and medication management services are provided as well as transportation, lunch and a morning snack. The goal of the program is to (1) stabilize symptoms either after a hospitalization or to prevent a hospitalization, (2) develop positive coping skills and modify problematic behaviors in a structured and supportive outpatient setting and (3) prepare for a lower level of care.


•             Reduce/avoid hospital stays by providing “step down” PHP care
•             Attend treatment while living at home
•             Weekly medication supervision and management
•             Reduce acute symptoms and improve functioning
•             Learn positive symptom management/functional skills
•             Improve understanding of mental illness and its management
•             Coordinate re-entry into the community after hospitalization
•             Prevent decompensation and/or re-hospitalization
•             Decreases social isolation
•             Learn relapse prevention skills
•             Maintain important links to family and community
•             Promotes safe and effective recovery from an episode of psychiatric illness

An individualized treatment plan is developed for each participant to address the medical, psychiatric, psychological and social/family needs of the person. The comprehensive treatment program includes:

•             Complete medical, psychiatric, psychological and social/family evaluation
•             Weekly psychiatric assessment by attending psychiatrist
•             Daily group psychotherapy
•             Weekly individual psychotherapy
•             Evaluation and management of psychiatric medications
•             Community/family resource needs assessment and coordination
•             Activities to promote socialization