What is a partial hospitalization program (PHP)?

Teenage girl talks with therapist

Our partial hospitalization program is a structured mental health treatment designed for kids. Children ages 12-18 who are struggling with emotional and behavioral concerns can participate in the intensive outpatient program during weekdays and return home to their families on evenings and weekends. The goal is to improve mental health symptoms and teach skills necessary for improved function at home and school.

The program is structured to keep each child’s own needs as the focus of their treatment plan through a combination of individual, family and group therapy. Children spend six hours every day in sessions designed specifically for them. The program lasts 2-to-4 weeks per child, and up to 16 adolescents may participate in the program at one time.

Is partial hospitalization right for my child?

The program is an alternative to a 24-hour treatment program (in-patient hospitalization). It can be a step down in care for children who have been in a 24-hour treatment program, or it can be an option to prevent hospitalization.

Adolescents who may benefit from this program include those who:

  • Are able to engage and participate in therapy.
  • Have serious or disabling mental health symptoms that can’t be treated at a less intensive level of care.
  • Are affected by some of the following:
    • Poor self-care.
    • Lack of school attendance.
    • Difficulty with problem-solving; decision-making; relating with family, peers and others.
  • Need help addressing safety issues.
  • Comply with medications.
  • Need help managing time in a meaningful way.
  • Are not dangerous to themselves or others.

Those who are 18 years old must still be in high school to qualify. Our providers work with the Lakeville school district to keep kids on track with their school work while they are in the program.

Teens with a license can drive themselves to this program. They may qualify for medical transportation through insurance or their school district

How do I enroll my child?

Talk to your health care provider if you think the program might be a good fit for your child. You can also call the clinic at 952-992-6750 to learn more about admission requirements and policies. Before enrollment, children will complete an assessment with a licensed therapist, either in person or virtually.