LPPHC Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program

Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics entrance

Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a voluntary outpatient mental health service for adults with a variety of severe psychiatric symptoms. Participants enroll in PHP when they need a higher level of care to help manage their symptoms, sometimes as an alternative to – or transition from – a psychiatric hospitalization, and when safety and structure are a concern. The program provides comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and post-treatment planning. It is group-based.

Participants learn skills to enhance day-to-day coping and better manage symptoms. Treatment emphasizes dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills groups and medication management, as well brief individual therapy and case management. A treatment day is 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and participants attend the program for an average of 15 days* spread out over four weeks with the first 10 days completed consecutively. Following treatment, participants typically transition back to their established outpatient mental health providers and any additional resources they identified during their stay.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) may be an option as a step down from PHP. People may also be referred directly to IOP when symptom acuity does not meet the criteria for PHP. The program is appropriate for people with moderate psychiatric symptoms. Like PHP, IOP provides comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and some post-treatment planning. The program is also group-based. Participants learn skills to enhance day-to-day coping and better manage symptoms. Treatment emphasizes dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills groups, less frequent medication management, and brief individual therapy and case management.

Given the limited schedule, participants in IOP are better able to structure their time outside of the program and keep themselves safe. IOP participants attend the program three days per week for three hours a day (10 a.m.–1 p.m.) for an average of 4–6 weeks*. This schedule often allows participants to continue with work or school schedules. Participants work with their assigned clinician to determine which days of the week to attend. Following treatment, participants typically transition back to their established outpatient mental health providers and any additional resources they identified during their stay.

*Numbers provided are averages. Based on progress in the program, length of treatment may vary. Treatment is preauthorized and regularly reviewed.
 

Appointments

For an appointment, please call (415) 476-7000 and select option 5.

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