What is a partial hospitalization program (PHP)?

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Our partial hospitalization program is a structured mental health treatment designed for kids. Children ages 6-18 who are struggling with emotional and behavioral concerns can participate in the intensive day 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. Program capacity is up to 10 adolescents participating in Lakeville and 24 children and teens participating in Roseville 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 participate in therapy and can engage appropriately in a group setting.
  • 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 will connect with the patient’s home school district to coordinate a smooth transition to and from the program. The Mounds View Public School district provides an educational component during program hours for patients in the Roseville partial hospitalization program.

Teens with a license can drive themselves to this program with approval from their parent or guardian and the treatment team. Patients on medical assistance can access medical transportation through their insurance carrier. Some school districts have also been able to provide transportation to and from the program.

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 one of our locations to learn more about admission requirements and policies. Before enrollment, children will complete an assessment in person with a licensed therapist.