What is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) are designed to help patients struggling with mental health conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders. While the primary purpose of Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) is to treat patients with mental illnesses, there has been a nationwide effort for the treatment plan to be used for those recovering from substance use disorders. The treatment has been an effective therapeutic option for patients with addictive disorders as it works to understand and treat mental health symptoms and behavioral conditions often tied to substance abuse.
The History Behind the Partial Hospitalization Program
Once referred to as day hospitals during their early stages in the 1960s, the PHP program was designed to aid the recovery of those who suffer from severe psychological disorders. Those in a partial hospitalization program are provided with additional support to support their road to recovery, sobriety, and reintegration back into society. The day hospital programs were redesigned and renamed to be PHP in the 1980s following changes to Medicaid laws. The name Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) became popular in the 90s.
How Partial Hospitalization Works
A partial hospitalization program serves as a middle ground between inpatient and outpatient care. It is similar to a psychiatry program and offers structured, intensive, and individualized treatment plans for patients. Once a patient is hospitalized, they will be assigned to a PHP program to track their progress and determine whether they are ready to be discharged from the hospital.
The criteria for a patient to be enrolled in PHP treatment are as follows:
- Documentation to show a medical diagnosis along with treatment history.
- A stable mental state allows the patient to go without overnight hospitalization
- No risk of self-harm
- The patient requires detox treatments which may not be possible to perform at home.
- A stable physical, psychological, and emotional state to receive several weekly hours of group and individual therapy
- A need for further support to lessen the risk of relapse
What is Included in Partial Hospitalization Services?
The PHP program is a multidisciplinary treatment plan that incorporates therapeutic techniques from a multitude of medical fields. The program understands that each person has a different path to recovery, which is why there are a variety of medical professionals who aid in the recovery process, such as:
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Peer support workers
- Recreational therapists
An individualized treatment plan is created for patients depending on the severity of their condition. The maximum hours a patient can legally be in a PHP program is 50 hours per week, while the average is around 20. Treatment varies from person to person, which is why our medical professionals at Harmony Outpatient Center take the appropriate steps to determine the right plan for the patient.
Who can Join a PHP Program?
For those who struggle with substance use and require detoxification, joining a PHP can provide a safe and supervised environment for less severe addictions. If the addiction is severe, the patient will likely require hospitalization and inpatient care due to the need for more thorough medical attention. To determine if a partial hospitalization program is right for a patient, our medical professionals will monitor the patient’s physical and mental state for 24 hours to determine if they are in the right mental and physical state to receive PHP treatment.
Is a Partial Hospitalization Program Right for You?
A PHP program may be a good fit if the following sentences apply to you:
- You have a strong support system from loved ones but still struggle with substance use
- You are not suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms that require inpatient care and medication management
- You desire flexibility in your treatment schedule
- You can travel to and from your treatment program
- You are not a threat to those around you (including within your individual and group therapy sessions)
- You maintain the habit of taking medications by yourself.