Therapeutic Day Programs

Caring, Supportive Day Treatment

Parents are often put off by the phrase “partial hospitalization”. The term is mainly a vestige of the past when PHPs were attached to hospitals and existed primarily to serve adults. Insurance companies still use the same definition for a robust Therapeutic Day Program. Teen and young adult Day Treatment (PHPs) at the best programs now take place in a reassuring, non-institutional, comfortable environment where adolescents, teens, and young adults can receive non-judgmental therapy, engage in therapeutic activities, and work on school during the day. A preferred, and more appropriate, name for a PHP is a “Therapeutic Day Program” or School.

The goal of a Therapeutic Day Program (TDP) is to help young people grow and heal their relationships, their internal wounds, and improve their self-worth, coping skills, and other vital elements that lead to a more joyful-filled life.

Young people who attend partial hospitalization programs typically receive five hours of clinical interventions (specialized therapies, group therapy etc.), five days per week, as well as schooling and other activities. The length of the day can vary, and the longer the day the more experiential therapy activities are provided such as yoga, art, music, exercise, meditation, mindfulness, and offsite excursions.

PHPs are more comprehensive than intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), but less so than residential treatment centers (RTCs), since clients still live at home with their families when they are not at the program.

Traditional Continuum of Care


Intensive Outpatient Programs

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Residential Treatment Centers

A therapeutic day program like a PHP is an excellent continuing care option in a total treatment package. PHPs are typical options for a teen or young adult stepping down from an RTC, wilderness therapy program, or hospitalization. Or, it can be a step up from an IOP. 

PHP Cheat Sheet

  • Time: 5+ hours per day

  • Schedule: 5 days a week

  • Provides: Treatment & Healing

  • Best for: Kids in crisis but who can live at home

  • Type: Day program

Typical Issues Addressed in PHP's

PHPs are ideal treatment options for behavioral and mental health issues that are hindering your child’s ability to thrive, such as: 

Comprehensive Care in Your City

Those who choose PHPs are able to live at home, but they spend five days per week at this nurturing, therapeutic program. 

Young people are generally referred to PHPs when they are experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms that are difficult to manage but do not require 24-hour care. The goal of treatment is to stabilize the client and prevent or reduce inpatient hospitalization. 

These programs help young people understand their emotional, mental, or behavioral health challenges, adjust to medication schedules, build coping skills, and set recovery goals that will enable them to live more joyful, fulfilling lives.

PHP treatment often includes:

Top Questions Families Have About Partial Hospitalization Programs

Here are the top three commonly asked questions that families have about partial hospitalization programs:

Embark PHP Options for Teens

Interested in Learning More About Partial Hospitalization for Teens?

The best way to determine which type of therapy or treatment is right for your teenager, is to speak with our mental health team.

Our mental health professionals will consider your child's symptoms and treatment history, as well as outline what you and your family want out of therapy to recommend the best next steps specific to your situation.

If you think one of Embark's partial hospitalization programs may be right for your daughter or son, contact us to learn more today.

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