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Partial Hospitalization Program

What it is
The Partial Hospitalization Program is an intermediate level of care, providing short-term intensive clinical interventions to individuals who are experiencing an acute onset or exacerbation of symptoms, situational crisis, or making a transition from an inpatient to a community setting. The program may serve as an alternative to hospitalization or as a less restrictive alternative to continued inpatient treatment. While equal to the hospital experience in terms of clinical interactions, it is not indicated for individuals needing protective interventions or regular nursing services.

It is believed that with support, an intensive level of clinical structure and therapeutic interventions, individuals can rebound faster from an onset or relapse of symptoms, can shorten crisis periods, can prevent hospitalization/re-hospitalization, shorten the length of inpatient stays, or successfully transition from inpatient settings to the community.

Treatment is provided primarily through group formats, offering clinical interventions/activities such as psychotherapy, cognitive/behavioral therapy, medication education, medication reviews and monitoring, illness education/symptom recognition and management, health and wellness, crisis management, enhancement of coping skills, utilization of community resources, and goal setting. Groups are offered five days a week and scheduling is such that it accommodates a broad range of individual needs, ranging from day long clinical programming Monday through Friday to daily or weekly outpatient groups depending on the acuity and needs of the individual. Individuals take an active role in their treatment by helping develop their treatment goals, participating in the treatment community milieu, and developing their dismissal/aftercare plans.

Outcomes, anticipated and common outcomes include remittance/stabilization of symptoms, increased use of coping and problem-solving skills, increased awareness of strengths, improved esteem, and return to previous levels of functioning while remaining in one's community setting.

Referrals are accepted from physicians, psychotherapist, and social service agencies in southeast Nebraska, as the program is short-term and serves as an adjunct to other psychiatric, psychological, or social rehabilitation treatment. Fees are based on ability to pay. The program qualifies for third-party payment, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Treatment is under the supervision of a CMHC psychiatrist.