Palo Verde Behavioral Health’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a medically-supervised psychiatric program for adults that offers comprehensive, clinical services for individuals experiencing increased symptoms, behavioral disturbances or other conditions negatively impacting mental and behavioral function in their daily lives without requiring around-the-clock psychiatric care.

The purpose of PHP is to provide a mental health diagnostic evaluation, ongoing psychiatric treatment and/or to help prevent relapse or the need for hospitalization. Participants in this behavioral health program must not pose an immediate risk to themselves or others. This level of psychiatric care functions as an alternative to inpatient care, as transitional care following an inpatient stay, in lieu of continued hospitalization, as a step-down service or when the severity of symptoms is such that success in a less acute level of care is tenuous.

Using a group therapy model, the program actively engages patients in the process of learning more about their disorders, developing effective coping and interpersonal skills and reintegrating back into the community. Through discussions, exercises, role-playing and other activities, the goal of the program is to develop patient competence in such aspects of daily living as:

  • Medication
  • Goal setting
  • Coping
  • Stress management and relaxation
  • Interpersonal relations and social interaction
  • Time structuring
  • Community living
  • Leisure planning

In PHP, patients attend five hours a day, Monday through Friday. All therapy is provided by a Masters level, licensed clinician. This includes four hours of clinical therapy each day with lunch being provided. Each patient will have weekly meetings with a Psychiatrist or Nurse Practitioner; nurse education groups are provided to help patients better understand their medication, diagnosis and related issues that could be affecting their overall mental health. Patients also actively participate in dietary group and activity groups including art therapy, yoga and meditation.

Individual and family therapy sessions are provided to patients as needed. Partial hospitalization also offers medication monitoring but not medication dispensing services.