For people who do not need to be hospitalized for behavioral health issues like anxiety, depression, bipolar or post traumatic stress disorder, but who have serious symptoms that are impacting their ability to cope with a daily routine, there is Partial Hospitalization. Partial Hospitalization (PHP.)
PHP is a great alternative to inpatient care, with a more flexible schedule, and is also more cost-effective. Yet many people are still unaware that PHP exists. It’s a fairly new concept in mental health care, having become available within the last 10-15 years.
Partial Hospitalization provides clinically equivalent mental healthcare at a much lower cost than inpatient treatment. According to the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare, direct cost savings over inpatient benefits are usually 40 to 60 percent — and more than 60 percent in some instances. There are additional benefits because an employee involved in PHP treatment may be able to work on at least a limited basis, thus maintaining productivity.
Partial hospitalization dates back to the 1960s, when a small group of clinicians believed that individuals with acute mental illness would have a better chance of recovery and healthy functioning if they were allowed to pursue their treatment in the same communities where they worked, went to school, or maintained their family relationships.
“Our program provides the resources available to an inpatient without being completely isolated from your life” explains Marlyene Pfeiffer, LCSW, CSAC, and program psychotherapist at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital. “It’s an alternative to inpatient care, or a nice transition toward home for those ready to be discharged from the hospital.”
Partial Hospital programs help individuals develop and strengthen coping and healthy living skills – from healthy eating and regular exercise, to better sleep habits. Patients come in during the day and go home to their families in the evening. This allows them to practice the new skills they’ve learned, while also promoting their newfound confidence and independence.
Click here for more information about the Partial Hospitalization Program at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital call 414-773-4312.
The Behavioral Health program at Aurora St Luke’s South Shore Hospital is also implementing a new partial hospitalization program starting February 20. Join us for an Open House to tour the facility and meet our staff.
Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options, provided by highly trained professionals in a caring, confidential manner to meet individual and family needs. If you or someone you know needs help, contact us — online or by phone at 1-877-666-7223 — as soon as possible.