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What Is Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program (PHP)?

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) is a program used at California Prime Recovery to treat mental illness and addiction.

PHP in the context of mental health typically stands for “Partial Hospitalization Program.” A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a structured and intensive form of psychiatric or mental health treatment that provides comprehensive services to individuals who require more support than outpatient care but do not require full-time inpatient hospitalization.

Here are key features of a Mental Health PHP:

  1. Intensity of Care:

    • PHP provides a higher level of care than traditional outpatient services but is less restrictive than inpatient hospitalization. It is suitable for individuals who require intensive treatment during the day but can return home in the evenings.
  2. Structured Program:

    • PHPs are structured programs that typically operate on a schedule, similar to a full-time job. Participants attend therapy sessions, group activities, and receive various mental health services during the day.
  3. Therapeutic Services:

    • PHPs offer a range of therapeutic services, including individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, psychoeducation, and skill-building activities. The specific services provided depend on the individual’s needs.
  4. Medical Oversight:

    • PHPs are staffed by a multidisciplinary team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals. There is a focus on medical oversight and medication management.
  5. Duration of Program:

    • The duration of participation in a PHP can vary based on the individual’s progress and treatment goals. It is designed to be a short-to-medium-term intervention to stabilize and improve mental health.
  6. Transition to Independence:

    • PHPs are often utilized as a step-down option for individuals transitioning from inpatient hospitalization to less intensive levels of care. They can also serve as an alternative to hospitalization for individuals in crisis.
  7. Community Integration:

    • PHPs typically allow individuals to return home in the evenings, fostering community integration. This aspect helps participants practice the skills they learn in the program in real-life situations.
  8. Flexibility:

    • PHPs offer flexibility for individuals to receive treatment during the day and return home in the evenings. This flexibility can be important for those who have family or work commitments.

It’s important to note that the structure and specific services offered in Mental Health PHPs can vary among providers and treatment centers. The decision to participate in a PHP is based on a comprehensive assessment by mental health professionals, and it is tailored to the individual’s needs and level of acuity.

Inpatient Vs. PHP

Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) and Mental Health Inpatient (or psychiatric inpatient) care are two different levels of mental health treatment, each serving distinct purposes based on the severity of the individual’s mental health condition. Here are key differences between Mental Health PHP and Mental Health Inpatient care:

Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP):

  1. Intensity of Care:

    • PHPs provide an intensive level of care during the day, typically for several hours, but individuals return home in the evenings. It is more structured than traditional outpatient care.
  2. Structured Program:

    • PHPs follow a structured schedule, offering a combination of therapeutic services, group therapy, individual counseling, medication management, and skill-building activities.
  3. Community Integration:

    • Individuals in PHPs are encouraged to integrate what they learn into their daily lives, as they return home each day. This allows for practicing coping skills and strategies in real-world settings.
  4. Transition from Inpatient Care:

    • PHPs can serve as a step-down option for individuals transitioning from inpatient psychiatric care to a less restrictive environment. It provides continued support as individuals reintegrate into the community.
  5. Flexibility:

    • PHPs offer flexibility for individuals to receive intensive treatment during the day while maintaining some level of independence in the evenings.

Mental Health Inpatient Care:

  1. Intensity of Care:

    • Inpatient care involves 24-hour, round-the-clock supervision and care within a hospital setting. It is the most intensive level of psychiatric care.
  2. Structured Environment:

    • Inpatient units have a highly structured and controlled environment to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals. Access to the outside world may be restricted.
  3. Crisis Intervention:

    • Inpatient care is often utilized for individuals in acute crisis or those at risk of harm to themselves or others. It provides immediate stabilization and crisis intervention.
  4. Continuous Monitoring:

    • Individuals in inpatient care are continuously monitored by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, nurses, and therapists.
  5. Short-Term Stabilization:

    • Inpatient care is typically a short-term intervention focused on stabilizing acute symptoms. Once stabilized, individuals may transition to a lower level of care, such as PHP or outpatient treatment.

Selection Criteria:

  • PHP: Generally suitable for individuals who need intensive treatment but can manage in a less restrictive environment and have a supportive home environment.

  • Inpatient Care: Typically reserved for individuals facing acute psychiatric crises, significant safety concerns, or when intensive monitoring and stabilization are essential.

What Mental Health Challenges are Treated with PHP?

Here are some treated at California Prime Recovery:

Does Insurance Cover Mental Health PHP?

Yes, the coverage of Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) by insurance can vary depending on the specific insurance provider, the individual’s insurance plan, and state regulations. However, many health insurance plans do include coverage for mental health services, including PHPs.

Here are key points to consider regarding insurance coverage for Mental Health PHP:

  1. Insurance Coverage:

    • Many health insurance plans include coverage for mental health and behavioral health services, which may encompass PHPs. Mental health coverage is often required by law, such as through the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) in the United States.
  2. Verification of Benefits:

    • Individuals considering participation in a Mental Health PHP should contact their insurance provider to verify coverage. This process helps them understand the specific details of what is covered, including co-payments, deductibles, and any out-of-pocket expenses.
  3. In-Network vs. Out-of-Network Providers:

    • Seeking Mental Health PHP services from an in-network provider can result in more favorable coverage terms. Out-of-network providers may still be covered, but the costs could be higher for the individual.
  4. Limits on Coverage:

    • Insurance plans may have limitations on the duration of PHP coverage or the number of sessions covered. Understanding these limits is essential to avoid unexpected expenses.
  5. Medical Necessity:

    • Insurance coverage may be contingent on the determination of medical necessity. Healthcare providers may need to provide documentation justifying the need for PHP services.
  6. Continued Review:

    • For extended participation in a Mental Health PHP, insurance companies may conduct reviews to assess ongoing medical necessity. Continued coverage may depend on the individual’s progress in treatment.

Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT

Our Mental Health PHP Treatment Pillars

Besides medical supervision, behavioral therapy is a primary component of inpatient treatment at California Prime. Our approach provides comprehensive, skills-based treatment aimed at stabilizing patients, improving functioning, and preparing for a return to outpatient treatment. Our main treatment components include:

Focused Attention: From group and individual therapy to case management and aftercare planning.

Cutting-Edge Methods: Techniques range from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to holistic treatments such as yoga.

Personalized Plans: Offering both gender-specific treatments and 12-step programs for enhanced peer support.

Case Guidance: PHP offers options such as relapse prevention training, medication management support, and medication education.

Benefits of a Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) offer several benefits for individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Here are some key advantages of participating in a Mental Health PHP:

  1. Intensive Treatment with Flexibility:

    • PHPs provide an intensive level of care during the day, offering structured therapeutic services and support. However, individuals can return home in the evenings, allowing for flexibility in daily life.
  2. Structured and Supportive Environment:

    • PHPs offer a structured and supportive environment where individuals can receive comprehensive mental health services, including group therapy, individual counseling, medication management, and skill-building activities.
  3. Continuity of Care:

    • PHPs serve as a bridge between inpatient psychiatric care and traditional outpatient services. This continuity of care helps individuals transition smoothly while maintaining the intensity of treatment.
  4. Community Integration:

    • Participants are encouraged to apply the coping skills and strategies learned in the program to their daily lives, fostering community integration. This real-world application is an essential aspect of PHPs.
  5. Holistic Approach:

    • PHPs often employ a holistic approach, addressing various aspects of an individual’s well-being, including mental, emotional, and social factors. This comprehensive approach supports overall recovery.
  6. Skill-Building:

    • Individuals in PHPs have the opportunity to develop and enhance coping skills, stress management techniques, and interpersonal skills. These skills are crucial for managing symptoms and preventing relapse.
  7. Medication Management:

    • PHPs typically include medication management services, ensuring that individuals receive appropriate psychiatric medications and regular monitoring by healthcare professionals.
  8. Peer Support:

    • Group therapy sessions in PHPs provide an opportunity for individuals to connect with peers who may be facing similar challenges. Peer support can be a valuable aspect of the recovery process.
  9. Stabilization and Crisis Intervention:

    • PHPs are equipped to provide stabilization and crisis intervention for individuals experiencing acute symptoms. The immediate support can prevent the escalation of a crisis.
  10. Patient-Centered Care:

    • PHPs often tailor treatment plans to the individual’s specific needs, addressing their unique mental health concerns. The focus is on patient-centered care and collaborative decision-making.
  11. Family Involvement:

    • PHPs may involve family members or support networks in the treatment process, fostering a supportive and collaborative approach to mental health care.
  12. Transition to Independence:

    • The flexibility of PHPs allows individuals to gradually transition to a more independent living situation while still receiving the necessary support and treatment.

It’s important to note that the benefits of Mental Health PHP can vary based on the specific program, the individual’s needs, and the level of support required.

What does PHP at California Prime Recovery look like?

From consultations with psychiatrists specializing in addiction and mental health to group therapy sessions, your day will be a blend of structured care and learning. Dive into relapse prevention training, understand your medication, and let our dedicated case managers guide you through skill-building sessions.

Is Partial Hospitalization Right For You?

When you come into our treatment center at California Prime, you will receive a formal assessment from one of our licensed professionals who will evaluate your current situation, mental health issues, medical history, family history, and provide an individualized treatment plan that is specific to your needs.

A Mental Health PHP may be right for you if:

  • You are medically stable
  • You have co-occurring mental health issues
  • You are not a threat to yourself or others.
  • You are having trouble functioning at school or work.

Seeking Treatment? We Can Help!

At California Prime Recovery, as an in-network provider we work with most insurance plans, such as:

If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health challenges or substance abuse, reach out to California Prime Recovery today. Our team of compassionate professionals is here to support your journey towards lasting well-being. Give us a call at 866-208-2390


PHP is a structured program where you receive intensive treatment during the day at our facility and live at home. It is suitable for those who require a higher level of care than typical outpatient programs, offering a robust structure similar to inpatient care without a 24/7 hospital stay.

A standard day in our PHP includes various therapeutic activities like individual and group therapy sessions, skill-building workshops, psych-educational groups, and other specialized treatments tailored to your recovery path, all while under the close supervision of our expert team.

Individuals medically stable, not a threat to themselves or others, grappling with mental health issues, and finding it difficult to manage daily activities like work or school, might find PHP beneficial. The program is designed to address both mental health and substance abuse concerns intensively.

While providing a similar intensity and structure to inpatient care, PHP is generally more cost-effective. You’ll receive high-quality, comprehensive treatment without the continuous residential component, making it a financially more accessible option for many.

The PHP is designed to integrate treatment into your daily life. While you will spend a significant part of your day in the program, residing at home allows you to maintain some aspects of your routine and family life.

Initiating your journey towards recovery is just a call away. Reach out to us at 866-208-2390 to discuss your concerns, and let’s explore how our PHP can be the stepping stone to your brighter future.

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