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What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A mental health Partial Hospitalization Program (or PHP) is a treatment level of care where patients receive very intensive mental health treatment for a full day, approximately 6 days per week. At the end of day, which takes place at the clinical facility, they may either stay in supportive housing nearby, or return home if they live locally. Mental health PHP is also sometimes referred to as “Day Treatment”. A Partial Hospitalization Program is one of the more intensive levels of care utilized in mental health treatment.

Levels of care correspond to criteria associated with different degrees of mental illness acuity. In plain language, these levels determine how much treatment a patient receives each day, which naturally is linked to the severity of his or her mental illness. This reflects a system of standardizing mental health care to ensure standards are adhered to and clinicians can treat patients in a uniform manner. This system also helps clinicians at other facilities and health insurance providers know what level of care a patient has received within a certain time period.

The SBMHC Partial Hospitalization Program

Our Partial Hospitalization Program is where mental health care and dual-diagnosis treatment typically begins at SBMHC. Our PHP features small and intimate therapy 6 hours per day, the facilitating of living accommodations, and 24/7 support.

  • Robust series of intake assessments and initial diagnosis upon admission (see below for more detail)
  • Most intensive level of care (6 hours of clinical, psychiatric, medical care daily)
    • 4 group session per day utilizing multiple modalities
    • 2 individual therapy sessions per week
    • Family therapy 1-2 times per week

More About The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center’s PHP

The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program prides itself on its first-rate clinical, medical, and psychiatric program. Whether you or your loved one comes to us with depression, PTSD, anxiety or another undiagnosed condition, you can be confident that our focus will be on accurate diagnosis and treatment. One of the inherent benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program is that therapists and clinicians get to spend the entire day with patients, 6 times per week.

SBMHC’s unique “5 Lanes” approach to treatment delivers a tailored wellness package for each patient. Mental illness is relentless, and therefore needs to be attacked through 5 different “lanes” to maximize one’s chance of recovery: Clinical, Medical, Psychiatric, Spiritual and Vocational. Different individuals respond to different approaches and modalities.

While we can make informed decisions based on history, symptoms, and a myriad of other factors – a trial and error approach is often necessary. As a result, and because treatment lasts only a finite period of time, we believe in “throwing the kitchen sink” at mental illness through all 5 lanes and honing on those methodologies demonstrating efficacy as quickly as possible, while reducing or eliminating those proving less effective.

The Treatment Day at The SBMHC Partial Hospitalization Program 

Sample Weekly Schedule

The Sylvia Brafman PHP Incorporates the 5 Lanes Approach:

  1. Clinical: Modalities like CBT, DBT, EMDR to provide coping mechanisms and greater insight into one’s psyche and behaviors.
  2. Medical: Ensuring the body is well-functioning and healthy through primary medicine and addressing specific issues as needed.
  3. Psychiatric: Optimizing brain chemistry through medication as needed and other mechanisms like TMS.
  4. Spiritual: Inspiring a shift in outlooks and attitudes to provide a greater sense of connection to ourselves and the world around us. 
  5. Vocational: Nurturing our external life to maximize one’s potential and provide a fulfilling career or educational daily life.

Intake Assessments / Evaluations Upon Intake to PHP

Clinical
  • Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Trauma Screening
  • Educational Learning Assessment
  • Individualized Problem List
  • Individualized Treatment Plan
  • Regular Progress Notes
Medical
  • History & Physical
  • Medication Management
  • Medical Director Follow-up Visits
  • RN Follow-up Visits
  • Specialist Referrals
Psychiatric
  • Full Psychiatric Evaluation
Case Management
  • Case Management Assessment and Treatment Plan
  • Legal Assessment
  • Aftercare Plan

Medical and Psychiatric Services Supplementing Clinical Therapy While in Treatment

Medical
  • History & Physical
  • Medication Management
  • Medical Director Follow-up Visits
  • RN Follow-up Visits
  • Specialist Referrals
Psychiatric
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Medication Management
  • Follow-up Visits

Additional Unique Offerings:

  • Genetic Testing
  • Career Launch Program
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • Sound Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Physical Fitness
  • EMDR
  • Therapeutic Yoga
  • Non-Denominational Religious Services
  • Outings (beach, movies, etc.)
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Outside Support Meetings

Many Patients Prefer Mental Health PHP to Other Forms of Care Because:
  • A PHP for mental health allows them to retire to home-like surroundings at the end of each day.
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs offer more freedom which lessens the sense of being ‘institutionalized’.
  • Mental health PHP is usually more cost-effective than inpatient or residential mental health treatment.
  • Clinical research has shown the partial hospitalization program to be an effective alternative to inpatient treatment for many patients.

Differences Between PHP and Inpatient Treatment

The primary difference between a Partial Hospitalization Program for mental health and a Residential program is that in the latter, patients remain in a medical facility overnight, which is the same facility in which therapy occurs. In a PHP program, the same level of intensity of treatment often occurs but patients do not sleep under the same roof that they do treatment under – a relatively small nuance that amounts to a much different price point. We see PHP as a more cost-effective option in most cases. We often find that patients admit into our program directly, and in many cases they “step down” from a Residential program.

In terms of our ‘rule-outs’, or patients we cannot accept until a Residential level of care stay takes place, the main criteria we look at is: Is the patient stable enough to sit through a 1 hour group? If they are not medication compliant or in active psychosis, we will often refer the patient to a Residential facility first. One example could be a patient with schizoaffective disorder who is non-compliant with their medication plan. Under those circumstances, a clinician might determine this patient requires 24-hour medical supervision until they are stabilized. Generally speaking, though, patients who don’t present severe symptoms and who don’t require 24-hour medical supervision are appropriate for our PHP program. Our extraordinarily strong clinical and medical backbone give us the capability to handle more “difficult” cases.

Many Patients Prefer Mental Health PHP to Other Forms of Care Because:

  • A PHP for mental health allows patients to retire to home-like surroundings at the end of each day.
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs offer circumstances that more closely resemble “real life” and lessens the sense of being “institutionalized.”
  • Mental health PHP is usually more cost-effective than inpatient or residential mental health treatment.
  • Clinical research has shown the Partial Hospitalization Programs to be an effective alternative to inpatient treatment for many patients.

Our Primary Focus is Caring for Mental Health Patients

Our focus on mental health and wellness first and foremost means that we diagnose the disorders that other programs miss. We get the diagnosis correct and provide the most effective, evidence-based treatment for it. More than this, patients in our Partial Hospitalization Program aren’t simply evaluated once and then treated the same for weeks on end. We pay careful attention to both symptoms and progress, constantly reevaluating with a critical eye and ensuring a high level of communication among staff during our daily meetings. Listening to patient feedback as well, we determine both the efficacy of the treatment we’re providing and watch for signs of any tertiary conditions.

Our Mission is Driven by Compassion and Empathy

We are mental health workers by profession, which means our core competency is identifying and diagnosing psychological disorders and treating them effectively. But underlying the care we provide at the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health PHP is something far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Our personal lives have been touched by mental illness and addiction too. Our CEO and Co-founder, Jaime Blaustein, was once a patient the former treatment center of our Chief Clinical Officer and Co-founder, Ben Brafman, as outlined in our story here. We are personally invested in our patients’ recovery and we intuitively understand the challenges they and their families face. Because we’ve been on both sides of the mental health treatment experience, we can serve as patient advocates while providing exemplary care with genuine empathy.

What Makes the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center Unique?

Our treatment approach is as unique as our patients and their needs. No two patients arrive with the same set of challenges. Therefore, no two patients will have the same experience here. Whether you come to us with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or a SUD with a co-occurring disorder, we are ready to change your life.  People enter our mental health IOP with different goals in mind. A large part of our job is to help them become healthy and centered and equip them with the tools they need to achieve those goals.

Here is more of what makes us truly special and unique in the field of mental health treatment:
  • Co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer Ben Brafman is widely recognized as a thought leader and authority on mental health treatment.
  • Co-founder and CEO has recovered from mental illness and substance abuse and have been in the shoes of our patients.
  • We aren’t limited by conventional treatment thinking – we employ outside-the-box, thoughtful clinical techniques.
  • Passion and authenticity – we aren’t an ordinary, run-of-the-mill Intensive Outpatient Program – and this realness resonates with patients and families.
  • Our focus on getting right diagnosis. We are interested in causes and conditions more than symptoms – we recognize mental health as dynamic.
  • We are small and intimate, focused on community and human connection. You will always feel seen and heard as a patient here.
  • We are family-oriented, welcoming loved ones to be involved every step of the way – especially during our weekly Family Night.

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