Individuals who are dealing with more severe or intense mental health conditions often assume the only treatment is inpatient hospitalization. For some this may be true, but many times there is another option that provides more independence and flexibility: Partial Hospitalization Programs.
What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?
A Partial Hospitalization Program, or a “PHP”, helps individuals manage more severe mental health symptoms and receive the required level of care they need outside of a hospital or residential program, allowing them to return to their home or living environment at the end of the day.
Who can PHPs help?
PHPs provide support to many different individuals and circumstances – they are far from a one-size-fits-all solution. As either an alternative to residential treatment, or a step-down from inpatient hospitalization, PHP is typically recommended for individuals who meet some or all of the following criteria:
- People experiencing severe psychiatric symptoms but don’t require full inpatient hospitalization.
- Individuals who have been discharged from an inpatient psychiatric facility but still need a higher level of support before transitioning back to their regular daily routine.
- Individuals who might be at risk of hospitalization due to escalating symptoms but may be able to avoid it with proper preventative care.
- Individuals stepping down to a less restrictive setting and need to maintain treatment momentum.
- Those with chronic mental health conditions who require ongoing support to prevent exacerbation of symptoms and maintain stability.
Benefits of a PHP
The ultimate goal of a PHP, or any mental health program for that matter, is ensuring that an individual is safe and has access to the care they need. And in addition to the flexibility that a PHP offers, there are many other benefits that can make these programs an ideal solution for someone suffering from a more severe mental health condition.
- Comprehensive Therapeutic Care: PHPs offer structured, intensive therapeutic services, including individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and other evidence-based interventions.
- Maintain Relationships and Connections: Because individuals are able to return home or to a supportive environment at the end of the day, they can maintain family and community connections.
- Access to an Expert Team: PHPs often involve a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, mental health therapists and nurses, ensuring a holistic approach to treatment.
- Continuity of Care: PHPs can serve as a bridge between inpatient care and outpatient services, helping individuals transition smoothly from one level of care to another.
- Peer Support: Group therapy sessions in PHPs create opportunities for individuals to connect with others who may be facing similar challenges, fostering a sense of community and reducing feelings of isolation.
- Personalized Treatment: Treatment plans are customized to the individual’s specific needs and goals, ensuring a more personalized and effective approach to care.
Want to learn more?
If you have more questions or would like to learn more about CSG’s Partial Hospitalization Programs, check out our Fact Sheet for some of the most frequently asked questions. Or contact us today at 1.877.907.7970.