PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program

The program is covered by most insurances. Please call to schedule an appointment and our administrative staff would be glad to review your benefits as well.

Our Partial Hospitalization Program is a short-term, structured, therapeutic treatment model for adults and adolescents who are experiencing persistent and severe mental health issues and are in need of crisis stabilization.

Our experienced multi-disciplinary team includes psychotherapists, registered addiction specialists, psychiatrists and registered dietitians who are working together to ensure a well-rounded support for our clients

Partial hospitalization program includes:

Partial Hospitalization Program Overview

In the U.S., nearly 1 in 5 adults experience some form of mental illness each year. With such a significant number of people affected, it’s evident that proper care and treatment options are necessary.1

But, it’s also noteworthy that in states like California, over 60% of adults with mental illnesses don’t receive any treatment. This data underscores the importance of programs like a partial hospitalization program (PHP).2
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What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A partial hospitalization program acts as a bridge in the realm of mental health treatments. Think of it as a midway point. For some, it’s a step down, especially if they’ve just finished a more intensive hospital-based or residential treatment. It offers them the chance to transition smoothly back into their daily lives.

On the other hand, for others, a partial hospitalization program is an alternative option. They might not need full-time residential treatment, but they do need more care than typical outpatient services. So, a partial hospitalization program gives them that middle ground.

What Our Partial Hospitalization Program Offers

Let’s break down what our program at Alternative Options offers:
  • Duration: A partial hospitalization program is conducted five days a week, giving you weekends to rest or spend time with loved ones. Each day consists of 6 hours of structured programming to ensure you receive thorough care.
  • Meals: We understand the importance of nutrition and well-being, so lunch is provided for all participants every day.
  • Separate Tracks: Whether you’re an adult or an adolescent, our program is tailored to cater to the unique needs of both age groups.

Areas of Focus

Some areas of focus in our partial hospitalization program include:

  • Mental Health: This addresses issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions.
  • Substance Use Disorder: This provides help to those trying to overcome addiction.                 
  • Eating Disorders: We also assist individuals in developing a healthier relationship with food.

As your time with us comes to an end, you won’t be left to navigate the next steps alone. We provide guidance to help you find the most suitable option for continuous support after completing the partial hospitalization program.

Core Components of Our Partial Hospitalization Program

Our partial hospitalization program is not just a set of services; it’s a structured and supportive environment designed for people navigating persistent and severe mental health challenges. 
Some core components of our program include:
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Comprehensive Care Team

Having a team of experts working together means you get the best care possible. At Alternative Options, our care team is made up of different professionals, all focused on helping you. 

When these experts come together, they make sure all parts of your health are being looked at and cared for:

  • Psychotherapists: Our therapists talk with you about your feelings and thoughts, helping you understand and manage them.
  • Registered Addiction Specialists: These experts help if you struggle with substances like alcohol or drugs. They know how to support you in your journey to get better.
  • Psychiatrists: Psychiatrists can help track how you’re doing and prescribe medication if needed.
  • Registered Dietitians: Food and nutrition are a huge component of feeling healthy. Dietitians give advice on what to eat to support both your body and mind.

Benefits of a Comprehensive Care Team

When experts from different fields come together, they can see the big picture of your health. Here’s how it helps:
  • Shared Knowledge: Each expert brings their own understanding. By talking and working together, they can make a plan that covers all aspects of your care.
  • Consistent Support: You won’t feel lost or alone. Our team will be there, guiding and supporting you every step of the way.
  • Focused on You: A partial hospitalization program isn’t about treating just one part of your health. It’s about all of you – your mind, body, and overall well-being.
A team of multiple experts means that every part of you is cared for. At Alternative Options, we make sure of it. Our goal is to help you feel your best, and with a team approach, we can do just that.

Therapy and Education Modules Used in Our Partial Hospitalization Program

The partial hospitalization program at Alternative Options offers a blend of therapy and education. This mix is designed to help with understanding, healing, and growth. We focus on giving tailored care, group learning, and including the family in the journey.

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Personalized Therapy Sessions

Individual therapy is a one-on-one interaction between you and a therapist. Here’s what it involves:

  • Personalized Focus: Your therapy sessions are tailored to your needs. This means you discuss topics relevant to you, ensuring your unique concerns are addressed.
  • Safe Space: The therapy room is a space where you can openly share your feelings, thoughts, and concerns without judgment. This privacy allows for deep conversations.
  • Goal Setting: You and your therapist work together to set achievable goals. Over time, you can track your progress and make adjustments if needed.

Group Engagements and Psychoeducation

Group engagements, often combined with psychoeducation, involve learning and sharing in a community setting. 
Here’s what you can expect:
  • Shared Experiences: In group sessions, you meet others who might have similar experiences. This allows you to learn from one another and feel less alone in your journey.
  • Varied Topics: The topics discussed range from understanding mental health to managing stress. This helps you gain a broad understanding of wellness.
  • Interactive Learning: Apart from discussions, sessions can involve activities or exercises that make the learning process engaging
  • Guided by Experts: Professionals lead these group sessions, providing accurate information and guiding the conversation in helpful directions.

Family Involvement

Support from loved ones are key components of well-rounded care. Some benefits we offer include: 

  • Family Therapy: These sessions allow family members to share their feelings, learn about mental health, and understand how to support you better.
  • Educative Sessions: Families can participate in sessions that educate them about mental health, equipping them with tools and knowledge to be a pillar of support.
  • Open Communication: Therapists encourage open dialogues between you and your family. This helps bridge gaps, clear misunderstandings, and strengthen bonds.
By providing a broad spectrum of care, we hope to provide each person with the tools they need for a fulfilling journey to wellness.

Supportive Services in Our Partial Hospitalization Program

At Alternative Options, we take a comprehensive approach to your wellness journey. These treatments provide both structure and support.
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Substance Supervision and Education

When working on recovery, it’s helpful to understand what substances do to our bodies and minds. At Alternative Options, we believe in empowering you with knowledge. 
Here’s what we offer:
  • Education About Substances: We provide easy-to-understand information about various substances. This helps you understand how they work and their effects on the body and mind.
  • Supervision: Recovery isn’t just about abstaining but also about ensuring safety. Our team closely monitors substance use patterns to support your journey.
  • Random Drug Testing: Periodic drug tests help keep track of progress and ensure a substance-free environment.

Therapeutic Meal Experience

Meals aren’t just about food; they’re also about connection, understanding, and healing. At our partial hospitalization program, we see meals as a therapeutic opportunity. 
Here’s what that looks like:
  • Nutritional Support: Our registered dietitians help you understand the value of nutrition. They offer insights into how the right foods can support your mental and physical health.
  • Supportive Meals: We ensure that the food we serve is both nourishing and comforting. Our meals are designed to support your body’s needs and promote healing.
  • Lunch Included: Every day, as part of the partial hospitalization program, a wholesome lunch is provided to all participants. This shared mealtime becomes a space for connection, discussion, and growth.
  • Learning Through Experience: By partaking in these therapeutic meals, you gain first-hand experience of how proper nutrition can aid in recovery and well-being.
At Alternative Options, we believe supportive services like these are foundational in your recovery journey. With the right information, supervision, and experiences, you are well-equipped to walk your path to wellness.

Collaboration for Continuity of Care After Our Partial Hospitalization Program

Even after your time in the partial hospitalization program, the path to wellness continues. The steps you take post-PHP should be as smooth as possible. That’s why we focus on collaboration and making sure everyone involved in your care is on the same page.

Outside Provider and School Coordination

Being in a program like PHP means a break from regular schedules, but life outside doesn’t stop. Here’s how we ensure everything runs smoothly:
  • Link with Schools: For younger participants, missing school can be a concern. We work closely with schools to make sure academic progress isn’t hindered. This may include updates on attendance, performance, and necessary accommodations.
  • Connect with Other Providers: If you’re seeing other therapists or specialists outside our center, we keep in touch with them. This ensures everyone is informed about your progress and any changes in your care plan.
  • Regular Updates: We believe in clear communication. Regular updates are shared with outside providers and schools, so everyone remains informed and aligned.

Specialized Tracks in Our Partial Hospitalization Program

Within our PHP, a variety of specialized tracks exist to cater to the unique needs of each individual. Different mental and emotional challenges require different approaches and understanding. These tracks have been curated with the intent of providing targeted support, helping you move forward with confidence.

Mental Health Help at a PHP

When we talk about mental health, we refer to the way our mind functions. This involves our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sometimes, these functions can be disrupted by certain conditions.
Mental health PHP is a space designed for those facing intense mental health challenges. It’s a fact that 46% of people who die by suicide had a known mental health condition.3 Recognizing and addressing these conditions early can change lives.

Conditions Addressed

Some conditions addressed in our mental health PHP include:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-Injury
  • Persistent Suicidal Ideation

Treatment Approach

Awareness is the first step towards change. At a mental health PHP, you’ll:
  • Learn about your condition
  • Develop new coping skills
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Get individual attention
It’s all about understanding yourself better, recognizing risks, and being equipped with tools to navigate through challenging times.

Substance Use Disorder PHP

About 9% of Californians age 12 and older have faced challenges with substance use disorders. This number tells us that many people in our communities are in need of help to overcome these issues.4
When you have a substance use disorder, it means you often feel a strong desire to use a particular substance, even if it causes harm. 
Over time, this can interfere with your daily life, job, school, and relationships. Some substances can even change the way your brain functions, which makes it even harder to quit.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment at Alternative Options

At Alternative Options, we understand that treating substance use isn’t just about saying “no” to a substance. It’s about understanding why you started using it, finding ways to fill the void without the substance, and building a support system to help you stay on the right track.
Sometimes, the journey to overcoming substance dependence needs a combination of medical and therapeutic approaches. Here’s what we offer:

Medically Assisted Treatments

For some, the withdrawal symptoms or cravings can be strong. In these cases, medicines can be used to help ease these symptoms or reduce the urge to use the substance. 
Remember, this is always done under a doctor’s care and is combined with other forms of treatment to address the root causes of addiction.

Intensive Case Management

Every person’s story and reason for using a substance is unique. That’s why having a dedicated case manager can be so helpful. They work closely with you to understand your specific challenges.
Our substance use disorder PHP offers a balanced approach, giving you both the medical and emotional support you need to face and overcome substance use challenges. We’re here, ready to walk with you on your path to wellness.

Our Eating Disorder PHP

Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, carry serious health risks. In fact, anorexia nervosa holds the highest mortality rate among all psychiatric disorders. Additionally, it’s estimated 30 million American experience eating disorder in their lifetime.5
Within our facility, we provide treatment for various eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and disordered eating patterns.
Understanding your food and how it affects your body is the first step towards recovery for those with eating disorders. Here’s what that involves:

Nutritional Counseling

This involves regular sessions with a registered dietitian. Here, you learn about the role of different nutrients and how they affect the body. It’s not just about what to eat, but why you should eat it. 

By understanding the science behind nutrition, you can make more informed decisions about your diet.

Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food

Eating isn’t just a physical act. It’s tied to emotions, memories, and even our self-worth. In our PHP, the goal is to help you see food as a source of nourishment and pleasure, not fear. 

Activities like therapeutic meals help you experience food in a safe, supportive environment. Over time, the aim is to reduce anxiety around meals and help you enjoy a balanced diet. At Alternative Options, the eating disorder PHP stands as a testament to holistic, patient-focused care.

A New Pathway to Wellness

While our traditional services have made a significant impact on countless lives, we understand that sometimes, a more intensive and structured approach is needed. Our partial hospitalization program is designed to cater to those in need of a higher level of care without the confines of full-time hospitalization.

Reach Out and Begin Healing at Alternative Options Today

Stay connected with your world, maintain your routine, yet immerse yourself in a healing environment that’s both rigorous and flexible. Our dedicated team at Alternative Options is ready to guide you every step of the way.

Our program is covered by most insurance programs as well. Reach out to our team for assistance today.