Valley Hospital’s PHP is a medically-supervised 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. The purpose of PHP is to provide diagnostic evaluation, ongoing treatment and/or to help prevent relapse, hospitalization or incarceration. Participants in PHP must not pose an immediate risk to themselves or others. This level of 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, PHP 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:
- Goal setting
- Stress management and relaxation
- Interpersonal relations and social interaction
- Time structuring
- Community living
- Leisure planning
In PHP, patients attend four hours of clinical therapy each day (with lunch provided). Weekly nurse education groups meet to help patients better understand their medication, diagnosis and related issues that could be affecting their overall mental health. Individual and family therapy sessions are provided to patients as needed. Partial Hospitalization also offers medication monitoring but not medication dispensing services.