Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a type of program used to treat alcoholism, substance abuse and mental illnesses. In partial hospitalization, the patient continues to reside at home, but commutes to a treatment center up to seven days a week. Since partial hospitalization focuses on overall treatment of the individual, rather than purely safety, the program is not used for acutely suicidal people. Partial hospitalization programs in the United States can be provided in either a hospital setting or by a free-standing community mental health center (CMHC).
Treatment during a typical day may include group therapy, individual therapy, and psychopharmacological assessments and check-ins.
Partial Hospitalization Programs are available for the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse problems, Alzheimer's disease, anorexia and bulimia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses.