Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A PHP is furnished by a hospital to outpatients or by a CMHC that provides partial hospitalization services. Partial hospitalization services are a distinct and organized intensive ambulatory psychiatric treatment program that offers less than 24-hour daily care to patients who either:

  • Have been discharged from inpatient hospital treatment and PHP is in lieu of continued inpatient treatment; or
  • Would be at reasonable risk of requiring inpatient hospitalization in absence of partial hospitalization.

The following Program and patient criteria must be met:

  • Active treatment is furnished that incorporates an individual POC with a coordination of services designed for  needs of patient;
  • Treatment includes a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care under direction of a physician who certifies patient's need for partial hospitalization and for a minimum of 20 hours per week of therapeutic services, as evidenced by the POC;
  • Treatment goals should be:
    • Measurable;
    • Functional;
    • Time-framed;
    • Medically necessary; and
    • Directly related to the reason for admission;
  • Patient requires comprehensive, highly structured and scheduled multimodal treatment that requires medical supervision and coordination under an individualized POC because of a mental disorder that severely interferes with multiple areas of daily life (social, vocational, and/or educational functioning); and
  • Patient is able to cognitively and emotionally participate in active treatment process and is capable of tolerating intensity of a PHP

Last Updated May 07, 2018