Substance use partial hospitalization is a nonresidential treatment day treatment program that is not hospital-based. The program provides clinical diagnostic and treatment services on a level of intensity equal to an inpatient program, but on less than a 24-hour basis. The program is typically more than 20-30 hours per week. Emergency services are available at least telephonically when the program is not is session.
These services include therapeutic milieu, nursing, psychiatric/medical evaluation and medication management, group and individual/family therapy, psychological testing, vocational counseling, rehabilitation recovery counseling, substance abuse evaluation and counseling, and behavioral plans for at least 6 hours per scheduled day. The individual are evaluated by an addictionologist upon entering the program, and monitored no less than once per week thereafter.
The environment at this level of treatment is highly structured, and substance use partial hospital treatment may be appropriate when a patient does not require the more restrictive and intensive environment of a 24-hour inpatient setting, but does need up to eight hours of clinical services.
Partial hospitalization is used as a time-limited response to stabilize acute symptoms. As such, it can be used both as a transitional level of care (i.e., step-down from inpatient or residential) as well as a stand-alone level of care to stabilize a deteriorating condition and avert hospitalization.
We offer linkages and referrals with outpatient services and supportive housing for care transition. Treatment efforts focus on the individual’s response during treatment program hours, as well as the continuity and transfer of treatment gains during the individual’s non-program hours in the home or community. Our goal is to enable successful transition back to appropriate social, family, vocational or educational roles.
Family involvement from the beginning of treatment is important unless contraindicated. Frequency of interventions and treatment modalities should occur based on individual needs.