The integrated psychiatric services that we provide are as follows:
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Outpatient Psychiatric Services (OPS)
Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm (10:00am to 2:30pm for programs)
What is PHP?
- This program is an intensive and structured method of treatment alternative to hospitalization.
- It offers the flexibility to deal with a very wide range of psychiatric conditions.
- Treatment is five to six days a week, time limited, ambulatory, and active.
- Those experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms, who might otherwise be hospitalized without the support of this program, will benefit from PHP.
How does PHP compare with other options?
- Partial Hospitalization fits into the continuum of mental health care as the option that combines the best facets of inpatient care (strict criteria and intensive care) with the best of outpatient care (schedule flexibility and lower costs).
- The patient also has the ability to return to their home after program hours.
How does IOP and OPS compare with other options?
- The intensive outpatient program and outpatient psychiatric services are often a moderate to longer term process.
- Patients who are no longer at risk for hospitalization, but still require intensive treatment to prevent decompensation, are served at this level of care.
- Patients usually attend one to four days a week.
- These patients are either scaling down from PHP or attend to prevent utilization of higher levels of care, such as an inpatient stay.
- Our staff consists of psychiatrists, medical physicians, registered nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, and others.
- These professionals have experience in diagnosing and treating patients with chronic mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
- They work as a team with each patient and their family and/or careprovider, building on the patient’s strengths to help them achieve the highest possible level of functioning and quality of life.
- We provide transportation to and from the Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient Programs if necessary.
- During program hours, a continental breakfast and lunch is provided to all patients.
Q. What does “Partial Hospitalization Program” mean?
A. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a voluntary program designed to provide intensive group therapy throughout the day. PHP starts at 9:00am and ends at 2:30pm daily, Monday through Friday, with continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, and healthy snacks provided. The primary treatment approach is group therapy, and we engage in individual services throughout treatment as needed.
Q. What does the treatment day consist of?
A. PHP provides four groups each day. We offer strengths based, participant centered treatment based on information from the goal setting group. Groups are tailored to benefit the unique needs and objectives of our participants with an emphasis on promoting hope and fostering the realization of your best possible future. Groups at PHP address topics on: depression, anxiety, interpersonal challenges, co-occurring disorders including substance use, suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, diversity issues, and trauma. All groups and individual therapy are provided by licensed/registered clinicians who operate from a recovery and wellness perspective. Clinicians are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness based treatment approaches and other therapies.
Q. What is expected of me when I come to PHP?
A. Timeliness and the ability to engage with respect and dignity towards yourself and others is important for successful treatment. It is also important to be present for the goal setting session so that you can benefit the most from this program. Daily attendance to all groups is encouraged, unless ill. Absences can affect your insurance coverage as well as the outcome of treatment.
Q. This program sounds good, but what do I have to pay? What will my copay be?
A. Most insurance coverage has a Behavioral Health Benefit(s) which often includes Partial Hospitalization. However, every insurance company is different and there is no universal answer. We will work with your administrator or customer service representative to determine the amount of copay your individual insurance/plan requires for this type of treatment. Copays will vary depending on your insurance plan. Discharge planners can also help answer these questions.
Q. I have a lot going on in my life, can I come only a few days a week because of work, school, etc?
A. Due to the requirements of insurance companies and the intensity of this kind of program we strongly encourage you to come daily and for the full program the first two weeks. After the first two weeks we can arrange for a variety of schedules to accommodate your needs.
Q. What if I don’t have transportation?
A. A benefit of PHP is that we do offer transportation within reasonable limits. If you do not live within the transportation department’s catchment area, we will coordinate with you and our transportation department to find transportation for you.
Q. So how long can I stay in this program?
A. As long as is medically necessary for you in your stage of recovery. If you are actively suicidal, homicidal, or unable to keep yourself safe in the evening, it may necessitate a change in the level of care provided. We will work on an appropriate transition/ discharge plan with you throughout the course of your treatment.
Q. How long until I am discharged from the program?
A. Transition from care/discharge is based on progress towards the goals that you and your treatment team have set. Symptom management and/or reduction, what your insurance company is willing to pay, and what level of care to which you are transferring into is also taken into account. With the help of the multidisciplinary team, your Doctor will collaborate with you regarding your final discharge date.
Q. Will I see a psychiatrist while in the program? What medical support is provided at PHP?
A. You will see your psychiatrist within the first 72 hours of attendance and at least once a month thereafter. Registered nurses and therapists will also be on site throughout your time in the program.
Q. How will I get my medication?
A. No medication is distributed by staff at PHP (unless ordered by the Psychiatrist). You need to bring your own personal medication(s) from home and take it as prescribed. Bring only the dose that you need for your time in the daily program.