Partial Hospitalization Program

Akron Children's Partial Hospitalization Program offers intensive psychiatric services to teens ages 13-18 in an outpatient setting. Our program is designed to keep teens in the community, out of psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, and/or transition teens from an inpatient unit back home. Read More...

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Ulia Fisher, PhD, LPC, MFT, MBA
Mental Health Therapist

Mohamed Rihab

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Karla Mellott, LISW
Behavioral Health Case Manager

Ott Megan
Megan Ott, LPCC-S
Mental health therapist

Wanchick Holly
Holly Wanchick, LPCC
Mental Health Therapist

Cook Ryan
Ryan Cook, LPCC-S
Mental health therapist

Crookston Kendra
Kendra Crookston, LPCC-S
Mental Health Therapist

Daugherty Molly
Molly Daugherty, LPCC-S
Mental health therapist

Hout Courtney
Courtney Hout, LPC
Mental Health Therapist

Leslie Terri
Terri Leslie, MSSA, LISW-S
Mental health therapist

Morehead Christine
Christine Morehead, LPC
Mental Health Therapist

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Beth Palmer, LPCC-S
Mental Health Therapist

Straight Douglas
Douglas Straight, LPCC-S
Manager, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Willaford Tasha
Tasha Willaford, LPC
Mental Health Therapist


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Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, and Self Injury.


Meet Our Patients



Partial Hospitalization - Overview

Our program focuses on short-term stabilization for at-risk teens. Our goal is to:

  • improve their functioning
  • aid them in developing healthy coping skills
  • stabilize their mental status 

Eligible teens include those experiencing psychiatric symptoms and behavioral problems that cause significant impairment in daily educational, social, vocational and/or interpersonal functioning.

Benefits of Partial Hospitalization

Programming is evidenced based and provides skills training to increase awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to enable teens to make healthier commitments and choices for themselves.

Family involvement is an essential component. Family therapy and education is provided as a core element in each program. The teen and family participate in the individual treatment plan, which is reviewed continually.

An instructor from Akron Public Schools is on site to assist students with their schoolwork and to serve as a liaison between the program and the school.

Other services include psychiatric assessment, medication management and case management.

We provide recommendations for follow-up outpatient care and discharge planning for patients and their families.

Partial Hospitalization Criteria

  • The adolescent must be between the ages of 13-18.  
  • The teen must meet DSM-V-R criteria for a diagnosed Axis I psychiatric illness.  
  • Both patient and parent/legal guardian seek treatment voluntarily.  
  • Parent/legal guardian agrees to participate in the treatment.  
  • The adolescent is not a safety risk to himself or others.  
  • Clinical evidence shows this is the best choice for treatment.

Our program is not for teens whose primary diagnosis is an eating disorder or substance abuse. 


What To Expect

Akron Children's Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers intensive services through a structured program featuring group therapy and case management.

Parents and teens are taught important skills that will assist them in changing problem behaviors, improving interpersonal relationships, and coping with stressful situations. These skills are practiced during program activities, including process-oriented groups, education and skills training, and occupational and expressive therapy groups such as yoga sessions. 

A PHP clinician will assess parents and teens to determine program appropriateness. If PHP is a suitable option, the program will begin immediately following the assessment.

The clinician who performs the assessment will follow the parent and teen throughout their PHP stay, managing treatment, coordinating care with community resources, and helping set up post-discharge care. Each day ends with the teens creating a goal to work on at home. The average length of stay is 5-10 days. 

Program Times

8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the school year.

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during summer break, school vacations, and school holidays.

We follow the academic calendar of Akron Public Schools. Family therapy appointments will be scheduled with your child’s clinician throughout the day or immediately following the program as needed.

Program Groups

School - The adolescents will have one hour to complete any homework from their home school or assignments given by the PHP tutor.

Check in/Goals Group - Clients check in about their current emotional and mental health status and discuss the progress they made towards the goals that they have set for the week.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group - This group teaches a skill from the DBT model which will be reflected in all the other groups throughout the day.

Psychotherapy Group -This is an open-ended group designed to have teens focus on the issues leading to their admission into the program and the work they need to accomplish to better function with their family, peers and in the community.

Art Therapy - This group will use the medium of art to reduce anxiety, to prompt the release of emotions and to explore issues related to the adolescent’s admission.

Spiritual Wellness - This group is intended to invite clients to reflect on their spirituality and how this influences their overall health in body, mind, and spirit.

SIGNALS -Clients will use this group to identify signs of wellness and relapse. Clients will create a plan to continue skills learned at PHP after discharge.

Yoga - This group uses the principles of yoga practice to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health issues.

Check-out/Goals setting - In this final group, the clients will set achievable and measurable goals to work on in their homes and communities through the week.  Their level of safety to return home will also be assessed.

Drop Off and Pick Up Policy

We expect teens to be dropped off and picked up promptly at the above times. We will not assume responsibility for your child outside of these hours. Adolescents will not be permitted to be in the partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient area (Suite 205) before 7:30 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. 


  • Your teen will participate in 1 hour of tutoring each day in a classroom setting with an Akron Public School home instructor.
  • With your permission, the teacher will serve as the liaison between the program and your teen’s school.
  • Inform your teen’s school that they will be out for medical reasons.
  • Arrange to bring your teen’s homework to the program so it can be completed during classroom time.

 Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

  • Transport your teen to and from the program each day at the scheduled time.
  • Attend all family therapy sessions. Family therapy is an integral component of the program.
  • Give morning medications at home. If a medication needs to be given during the day, bring it to the session in its original container with dose and times clearly marked.
  • Set up plans for aftercare therapy as soon as possible.
  • Monitor your teen’s activities when he is not in the program. Report any problems or concerns to the program staff.

Teen’s Responsibilities

  • Be committed to your continued recovery and health.
  • Participate in all scheduled activities.
  • Obey the rules of PHP.
  • Complete all homework and goal-related activities.
  • Behave in a mature and respectable manner.

Follow-up Care

  • Prior to discharge, an appointment for follow-up care must be in place. This is the parent or guardian's responsibility, although the treatment team will offer recommendations to help guide you in this process.
  • The parents or legal guardians must check with their insurance provider for the specifics of their mental health coverage.

Please note: Because of possible insurance issues, we do not encourage meetings between your child and his outpatient therapist while he is in PHP.

After-Hours Crisis Coverage

  • If you feel that your teen is in immediate crisis and "out of control," we encourage you to contact the police.
  • If your teen is in crisis and at risk of harming himself or others but is not out of control, you may contact the  hospital operator at 330-543-1000 for assistance or you may bring your child to Akron Children's ER in downtown Akron.


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Akron Children's Hospital
Division of Pediatric Psychiatry/Psychology
AES Building
388 South Main St., Suite 205
Akron , OH 44311
Phone: 330-543-4747
Fax: 330-543-3942
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