Partial Hospitalization Program

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program


What is Partial Hospitalization?


ACRP’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program is the best of both worlds for young people with a serious mental health diagnosis.


Partial hospitalization allows adolescents to receive intensive psychiatric and therapeutic treatment while remaining at home with parents and siblings.


Patients attend Monday through Friday (based on a traditional school day). Days are structured primarily in group therapy, with individual therapy services available. Staff monitor prescribed medications under the guidance of a licensed psychiatrist. Patients also take part in an educational program designed to keep them on track academically while being treated for their mental health needs.


ACRP offers patients an environment that is structured and therapeutic. While enrolled, patients focus on developing emotional stability, self-esteem, and coping skills such as conflict resolution, social skills, and anger management. We encourage the patient to take responsibility for their own treatment. The goal is to transition patients back into the traditional school setting and community activities, be treated in a less restrictive environment, and lead a productive life.


The length of treatment depends on each patient’s needs and progress. Each patient’s progress is reviewed every 20 treatment days; thus, length of participation varies for each individual. As soon as a patient meets his or her treatment goals, he or she is transitioned into a less restrictive level of care.


Who is Eligible?

The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program is designed for clients ages 12 to 18 with a psychiatric condition that puts them at risk for inpatient hospitalization or residential treatment. Common diagnoses include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.


How Do I Enroll My Child?


Students are usually referred by physicians, mental health professionals, educators, child welfare and juvenile probation workers, or parents. A referral is followed up with an initial intake with the potential patient and his or her family. A PHP psychiatrist will then conduct a chart review to determine if the student is an appropriate candidate for partial hospitalization. An evaluation is then scheduled with a staff psychiatrist for students considered to be appropriate candidates for partial hospitalization treatment. The patient’s admission is based upon the psychiatrist’s recommendation and approval by the Managed Care Organization.


ACRP’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program
188 Gilbert Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
(814) 539-7339

Kristen Scott-Larson, M.S