Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a short-term psychiatric day program for older adults (usually 60+) who are experiencing behavioral health symptoms that put them at risk of inpatient hospitalization. It may also be used as a stepdown for people being discharged from an inpatient stay, who may need continued support in progressing toward their treatment goals.

Telehealth FAQs

What sort of symptoms should I be concerned about?

PHP may be appropriate if you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following:


  • Change in appetite
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Change in personality
  • Decline in memory
  • Excessive feelings of guilt, helplessness or hopelessness
  • Frequent or uncontrollable crying
  • Functional decline and loss of interest in personal hygiene
  • Increased irritability and anxiety
  • Isolation from family or friends
  • Relapse
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Unexplained physical symptoms

What is the schedule?

PHP is currently running 3 group sessions per day, Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Individual psychotherapy and medication management may occur outside of these hours.


What are group sessions like?

Groups are led by our highly-trained social workers and nurses. They address a number of different topics, such as, but not limited to: psychoeducation, developing coping skills, identifying symptoms and red flags, and handling difficult feelings, like anger, grief, and loneliness. Group members are able to discuss issues and get feedback and support from their peers. Group members are also encouraged to give support to others.

Do I have to have already seen a psychiatrist to participate?

No, PHP is both for people who have received psychiatric treatment in the past and those who never have. If you are having symptoms, contact us for evaluation.

Do I have to take psychiatric medication to participate?

It is your choice whether to take medication or not, however, we may recommend it as part of your treatment. Medication can help to significantly improve symptoms and make your participation in psychotherapy more effective. We have a psychiatric nurse practitioner who will work closely with you to determine which medication is right for you.

How can I attend PHP via telehealth?

In order to participate in PHP telehealth, you must have access to a video-enabled device, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. You must also have adequate privacy (e.g. a room where you will not be interrupted and where others are not able to hear or see your session) for the duration of the PHP day.

Is PHP covered by insurance?

PHP is covered as an outpatient benefit by Medicare and many other insurances. Some policies may require prior authorization.

How do I get involved?

Please call us at (410) 601-2358 to begin the admission process. We may need you to provide documentation, such as a physical exam from your PCP, insurance or other information. Once we have assessed all the information, we will contact you about the next steps.