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Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Palo Verde Behavioral Health’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a psychiatric program 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 without requiring around-the-clock psychiatric care.

The purpose of PHP is to evaluate and treat psychiatric concerns and/or to help prevent relapse or the need for hospitalization. Participants in this program must not pose an immediate risk to themselves or others. This level of psychiatric 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, the program actively engages patients in the process of learning more about their disorders, developing effective coping and interpersonal skills and effectively reintegrating back into their community. Through discussions, skill practices, role-playing and other activities, the program fosters patient competence in such aspects of daily living as:

  • Goal setting
  • Coping effectively
  • Stress management
  • Interpersonal relationships and social interactions
  • Managing time and expectations
  • Community living and more

Patients attend PHP five hours a day, Monday through Friday. All therapy is provided by a Masters-level clinician, supervised by the clinical director. This includes four hours of clinical group therapy, nursing assessments and lunch. Each patient will have weekly meetings with the psychiatrist/nurse practitioner. Patients also actively participate in dietary group and activity groups including art therapy, yoga and mindfulness-based activities.

Treatment includes:

One time

  • Orientation to the program for the youth and their family members
  • Multi-family support meeting with therapists
  • Treatment planning and updates
  • Discharge planning with community and medical referrals


  • Coordination of care with general, psychiatric, therapy and specialty providers
  • Assessment of progress and needs


  • Therapy and recovery groups
  • Session with RN
  • Lunch provided


  • Session with a psychiatric provider
  • Session with an individual therapist
  • Family meeting with a therapist

Help and Hope are a Call Away

Our admissions office provides no-cost assessment services 24/7. If you or someone you know is struggling and may be in need of treatment at Palo Verde Behavioral Health, don’t hesitate to call 520-322-2888 today.