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What is Partial Hospitalization (PHP)?

What is Partial Hospitalization (PHP)?

Partial hospitalization (PHP) is a short term outpatient psychiatric service that provides structure three to five days a week. It is the next level of care after inpatient psychiatric care or can act as an alternative. For example, a patient with a heroin addiction will transition into a partial hospitalization program after they attend a detox program or residential treatment.

What Can I Expect During a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A typical day consists of individual and group therapy, psychoeducation, skill-building practice, and periodic evaluations. If medication is needed, the psychiatrist will evaluate you for medication management.

PHP treatment takes place during the day and includes a combination of individualized therapy and group therapy. Most programs include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and a series of condition specific treatments. There may also be family therapy sessions available to you. Building a support system is important for recovery, so many programs will involve a patient’s family in the treatment plan.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a intervention that focuses on identifying and reducing the symptoms of mental health conditions. Dialectical behavior therapy is a psychotherapy to treat personality disorders, and interpersonal conflicts. The goal of this therapy is to change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm and substance abuse.

While in treatment, you will live in a sober living environment where you are held accountable for maintaining your sobriety and achieving milestones. The goal is to re-acclimate to normal life, re-establish employment, reconnect with family and with yourself while learning to manage your mental health.

PHP programs are guided by licensed mental health professionals, a medical director and a psychiatrist. During the program you will work with medical professionals to address any medication needs and monitoring. Or, this may be a time you are tapering off of a medication-assisted treatment with assistance.

Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

We offer a Co-Occurring Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program that provides treatment for patients diagnosed with both a mental illness and substance use disorder. 

The answer is yes. Private insurance with mental health benefits will cover the length of your treatment needs. Medicare and Medicaid State Plans also have coverage for partial hospitalization services. Our licensed mental health professionals and medical team incorporate a number of elements including groups specifically designed for people with dual disorders.

Additional core components of this track are:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Grief Work
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Problem Solving
  • Using Medication Effectively

Will My Insurance Cover Partial Hospitalization?

The answer is yes. Private insurance with mental health benefits will cover the length of your treatment needs. Medicare and Medicaid State Plans also have coverage for partial hospitalization services.

What Happens After Partial Hospitalization?

Exact length of stay depends on your personal progress. You could spend several months or a few weeks in the program. You should focus on reaching your treatment goals rather than focusing on a specific length of stay.

The goal is to help you improve enough to be transitioned to a lower level of care. The following level of care is intensive outpatient treatment, also known as IOP. Taking your full treatment plan seriously and completing all the steps is crucial to long term sobriety and the proper management of mental health conditions.

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