Behavioral Health

Outpatient Programs

Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program (PPHP)

PPHP provides structured treatment for patients with a variety of psychiatric or substance abuse symptoms who do not meet the acute care criteria. Patients can be referred directly to partial hospitalization or can be stepped down from inpatient treatment as part of their discharge plan. The partial hospitalization program includes group therapy, behavior modification and attention to any substance abuse issues.

This program is effective for those who do not require the inpatient setting, but who need more structure than outpatient office visits. Partial hospitalization often serves as the next step for those being discharged from inpatient programs. A highly skilled team of specialists offers the following:

  • Assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Development of coping and problemsolvingskills
  • Medication management
  • Transition planning

Shortly after admission, each patient is evaluated to determine treatment goals. Patients participate in an intense schedule of weekday activities two to five days a week. These activities help them develop and practice skills necessary to cope with difficult situations or relationships. Family involvement is an integral part of the program.

Once patients meet their goals, they are discharged and may be referred to an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist or another community resource.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP offers another alternative to the more intensive programs of inpatient and partial hospitalization. This service offers transitional care to those who function more independently. The program includes individualized treatment plans, substance abuse education, family education and support groups. The treatment goal is re-integration into career, community and family life. The therapeutic programs of PPHP are incorporated into this service. As with other programs, there is ongoing assessment and consultation.

Those in the program spend three hours a day, three days a week with the multidisciplinary team of social workers, board-certified psychiatrists, and nurses. This allows patients to remain employed and live at home while getting the help they need.

Indicators for admission into the IOP include:

  • A crisis situation
  • Lack of medication compliance
  • Increase in symptomatic behavior
  • Unstable management in a less structured outpatient setting
  • History of repeated psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Therapeutic interventions with limited success