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...
Our program focuses on short-term stabilization for at-risk teens. Our goal is to:
Eligible teens include those experiencing psychiatric symptoms and behavioral problems that cause significant impairment in daily educational, social, vocational and/or interpersonal functioning.
Programming is based on a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Model, which uses skill training exercises 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.
Our program is not for teens whose primary diagnosis is an eating disorder or substance abuse.
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.
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.
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.
Substance Abuse Education - This group will provide basic knowledge about the effects of various substances such as alcohol and marijuana. Teens will also learn about the addiction and recovery process.
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.
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 must obey PHP rules, which you should receive before attending the program. If your teen disobeys these rules, she will be given a consequence. This consequence could be a written assignment, a time out or another logical consequence to the misbehavior. Your teen will never be deprived of basic needs (i.e.. water, bathroom break etc.). PHP staff will contact you if a consequence is needed.
If it is necessary to develop specific behavior plans for your teen, we will set up a meeting with you and your teen to discuss the plan and why we believe it may be helpful. We will discuss specific behaviors and describe the consequences needed to stop specific problematic behaviors.
Please note: Because of possible insurance issues, we do not encourage meetings between your child and his outpatient therapist while he is in PHP.
The following photos offer a peek at the treatments areas for the Partial Hospitalization Program.
We know you must have questions about your child's condition. We hope you find these articles and links helpful.
What to expect when coming to Akron Children's
For healthcare providers and nurses
Residency & Fellowships, Medical Students, Nursing and Allied Health
For prospective employees and career-seekers
Our online community that provides inspirational stories and helpful information.