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Child/Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

Cedar Springs Hospital can offer the full range of behavioral health levels of care for children and pre-adolescents whether they need acute stabilization, psychiatric residential treatment, and now partial hospitalization. A PHP can help prevent hospitalization, by stabilizing behaviors before they require an inpatient level of care.

The goal of the Child and Pre-Adolescent Half day Partial Hospitalization Program is to work in partnership with the patient and their families (during the school year, the students, their families, and the schools) to maintain children with emotional and psychiatric needs to support the child’s safe level of functioning at home and in a community setting. Our goal is to collaborate in this effort to create the best possible outcomes and successful scenarios for those needing more treatment than what is provided in a traditional outpatient office or clinic setting.

The Half Day PHP provides an intensive milieu for youth. The program is offered 25 hours a week (Monday through Friday from 8:30-1:30). Transportation will be provided on an as needed basis with approval of a transportation request form.

The children and adolescents enrolled in PHP participate and receive the following services:

  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Medication Evaluation/Monitoring
  • Psychological Evaluation (if needed)
  • Family Therapy
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Group Therapies

We have a multidisciplinary staff that includes: Program Assistants, Master Level Clinicians, RNs, and Child Psychiatrists. Along with the family and child, treatment plans are developed and regularly evaluated. This program will institute a behavior modification system based on the DBT model that encourages positive behavior.

Some of the goals of the program are:

  • To increase social skills
  • To teach coping mechanisms
  • To improve frustration tolerance
  • To improve communication skills
  • To enhance self-esteem
  • To improve impulse control
  • To decrease aggression
  • To provide crisis management
  • To assist families in managing their child’s behavior most effectively