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:
- 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