ACRP’s Children & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program is the best of both worlds for young people with a serious mental health diagnosis.
What is the Partial Hospitalization Program?
ACRP’s Partial Hospitalization Program allows children and 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 around a combination of education, group and individual therapy.
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 Children & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program is designed for children in grades one (1) through five (5) and adolescents in grades 6—12 with a psychiatric condition that puts them at risk for inpatient hospitalization or residential treatment.
Common diagnoses include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
How Do I Enroll My Child?
Students can be referred by:
- mental health professionals
- child welfare
- juvenile probation workers
A referral is followed up with an initial intake with the potential patient and his or her family. If the student is an appropriate candidate for partial hospitalization, an evaluation is scheduled with a staff psychiatrist. The patient’s admission is based upon the psychiatrist’s recommendation and approval by the Managed Care Organization
ACRP / St. Michael’s School Children & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program
188 Gilbert Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
Rosellen Lehman, MA Program Director