Pediatric Behavioral Health Services

Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

The Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Service (CAPHS) provides intensive, short-term treatment in a medically supervised, structured environment. The program serves adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 who are at risk for psychiatric inpatient hospitalization or in need of intensive, short-term treatment to aid in the move from an inpatient setting to a less intensive level of care. Families are assigned a primary therapist who is a member of a team that includes specialists in Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing. The program includes individual, group, and family therapy, medication assessment and treatment, and a school component. Patients attend the program Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. during the school year and 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the summer months. The usual length of stay in this program is three weeks, but can range anywhere from two to five weeks. After discharge, most patients resume their previous outpatient treatment. However, if needed, the program arranges for appropriate follow-up care.

Adolescents at risk of hospitalization, or who are hospitalized and in need of an intensive "step-down" program to shorten the length of an inpatient stay, may be referred for an intake evaluation.

For More Information

For more information about the Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, call the service at (585) 273-1776.