Partial Hospitalization Program


What Is PHP Or Partial Hospitalization Treatment?

Partial hospitalization is a program used at California Prime Recovery to treat mental illness and substance abuse. Partial hospitalization is a form of outpatient treatment that involves partial daycare at our facility, while receiving treatment for drug, alcohol or mental illness. This level of care is helpful as a step-down transition from acute inpatient care or as an alternative to inpatient treatment. 

Treatment during a typical day may include group therapy, psych-educational groups, skill building, and individual therapy, with more intensive attention provided to specific issues, such as trauma processing, eating disorders, anger management, and other issues that are driving an individual towards addictive behaviors. Sometimes an individual may be suffering from parallel addictions such as gambling and sex, in which PHP may provide a more intensive level of care than an outpatient program. 

In essence, PHP provides a more comprehensive treatment and benefits such as an inpatient program, while also offering coping skills and real life integration of an intensive outpatient (IOP) program.

Treatment Approach

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 group and individual therapy, case management, and aftercare planning, medication consultation and treatment, and occupational therapy and vocational counseling consultations as needed.

Therapeutic approaches we use at California Prime may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), holistic approaches such as yoga and mindfulness practices, as well as skills-based approaches such as adventure therapy. We offer gender specific treatment as well as 12-step programs for expanding peer network communities.

Benefits Of Partial Hospitalization In Treatment of Mental Health Issues

Higher level of treatment and care

Patients in our PHP programs receive an intense level of care from our licensed professionals throughout the day, working closely with a team of clinicians, therapists, counselors and case managers who can identify and help manage addiction issues as well as co-occurring mental health issues.

Comfortable facilities with all amenities

Inpatient settings in hospital like environments are not always appealing to patients who come in for drug and alcohol treatment. Our PHP facility provides treatment in luxurious settings which can offer a home-like environment for recovery while still receiving intensive care.

Less expensive than Inpatient care

While cost is relative, a complete inpatient hospitalized facility and care can be expensive. Partial Hospitalization offers a more affordable option while still providing quality treatment and intensive care for a longer term than inpatient care.

Easier transition to outpatient

Because PHP treatment is offered in an outpatient facility, patients can make a transition to outpatient program much more easily while they start their integration process back into real life.

What does PHP look like?

Patients will meet with our medical professionals if prescription medications are needed. Our expert staff of licensed mental health professionals facilitate therapy, psychoeducation and periodic evaluations. Our case managers are involved hands-on during skill building sessions and provide a support system in addition to the patient’s peer group and family.

The partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers one-on-one counseling sessions with a psychiatrist specializing in addiction and mental health disorders. You’ll also attend group therapy sessions led by therapists who specialize in group work and have experience working with people with similar issues. In addition to these services, PHP offers other options such as relapse prevention training, medication management support, and medication education.

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 and family history, and provide an individualized treatment plan that is specific to your needs.

A PHP Program may be right for you if:

  • You are medically stable
  • You have co-occurring mental health issues
  • You are not at risk of self-harm or harming others
  • You have having trouble functioning at school or work


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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.