Partial Hospitalization Program


Children’s Minnesota has expanded its acute mental health services with the opening of a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adolescents. This program was selected due to the significant need for intensive outpatient mental health care in the region to support a growing adolescent population.

The PHP at Children’s Minnesota supports adolescents, and their mental health providers, by offering intensive, full day, multi day treatment when patients need more care than outpatient therapy but do not or no longer need to be hospitalized.

  • Mental health conditions
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Social anxiety
  • Depression
  • BPD
  • OCD
  • Panic disorders/panic attacks
  • Cognitive coping skills
  • Psychological education
  • Psychotherapy
  • Movement therapy (yoga, meditation)
  • Music and art therapy
  • General wellness and nutrition
  • One individual therapy session with a therapist and supportive check-ins as needed
  • One session of family therapy with a therapist
  • Two medication management sessions with a psychiatrist

Related specialties

Providers you may see:

  • Joel Spalding, MD, program medical director
  • Forest Juvland, LICSW therapist
  • Jessica Brisbois, LICSW, lead therapist
  • Lindsey Nyseth, RN
  • Claire Lindgren, LGSW therapist
  • Sara Boman, psychiatric nurse practioner

Referral and intake process

Kids age 13 – 18 (if still in high school) must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a diagnosed or suspected behavioral health condition that may benefit from the partial hospitalization program.
  • Symptoms are serious and / or disabling related to an acute behavioral health condition or symptoms from a severe and persistent mental disorder have not improved or cannot be adequately addressed through a less intensive level of care;
  • Marked impairments in their daily life, including any of the following:
    • Marked impairments that preclude adequate functioning in areas such as self-care, and/or other more specific role expectations such as school attendance or progress;
    • Problem solving;
    • Decision-making;
    • Relating with family, peers and others;
    • Addressing safety issues;
    • Complying with medications; or
    • Managing time in a meaningful way.

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