Partial Hospitalization Program: What to Expect and How to Know If It’s Right for You
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Are you familiar with partial hospitalization programs (PHPs)? Maybe you’ve been considering if a partial hospitalization program is the right choice for your unique needs. PHPs are outpatient mental health treatment programs. They involve staying on-site during the daytime (for at least 20 hours a week) and returning home overnight. During the day, clients will receive individual and group treatment sessions. Licensed clinical therapists and other medical personnel are available to those receiving treatment. If you’re trying to figure out if a PHP is a good option for you, take a moment to learn more about why people begin these programs. You can also learn about what they typically involve, and the benefits they can provide.

Why might someone begin a partial hospitalization program?

Here are a few of the most common reasons why someone might start a PHP:

  • They’re taking the next step after an inpatient program — A partial hospitalization program is often the next step after receiving treatment through an inpatient program. It can provide a high degree of care to someone who no longer needs to be in the hospital full-time. It’s an integral part of continued treatment for many. PHPs encourage clients to begin making their way back to a normal routine while receiving treatment. 
  • They’re in need of a higher level of mental health treatment — You may not have participated in an inpatient program or relapsed. But if you need a high degree of support, a PHP could still benefit you. They provide a high level of professional support in several spheres, including mental health, physical health and substance use disorders. 

Are you dealing with any of the situations listed above? You may want to discuss starting a PHP with a trusted medical professional.

What does a partial hospitalization program typically involve?

Each PHP may differ, but most have a general set of guidelines that the clients will benefit from. At Lightfully, our Partial Hospitalization Program includes structured and supportive care programming including:

  • Two sessions with a licensed clinical therapist per week
  • Programming that extends for six to seven hours per day
  • Four group sessions each day led by clinical therapists
  • Regular family therapy
  • Weekly sessions with a psychiatrist 
  • A personalized treatment plan that is updated each week

What are the benefits of a partial hospitalization program?

There are many benefits associated with starting a partial hospitalization program. They’re designed to provide a variety of unique advantages. Some of the top benefits include access to a number of health services including mental health treatment, medication and any other necessary health treatments. PHPs are also known to provide a greater degree of flexibility and freedom than inpatient programs, which require staying in a hospital at all times. Many people also choose partial hospitalization programs because they can be more affordable than inpatient programs.

If you need intensive outpatient care for your mental health condition, consider Lightfully’s Partial Hospitalization Program

Our mission at Lightfully is to provide high-quality mental health care to various types of clients. We believe in using a focused approach to process-based therapy. The framework of our clinic consists of evidence-based, clearly defined, data-driven and whole-person-centered care. We have experience working with various mental health disorders. That’s why we’re confident that we can help you manage your mental health symptoms over time.

Lightfully offers multiple levels of care to both adults and teens: Residential Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), also referred to as our Day Treatment Program. We also offer a Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (vIOP) for adults. We create personalized treatment plans designed to prevent crises. 

Change is possible. When you’re ready to take the first step, reach out to our Admissions Concierge Team. We’ll take the next steps together, toward the fullest, brightest version of you.

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