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Partial Hospitalization Program

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We offer intensive psychiatric services to teens ages 12 to 18 in an outpatient setting. We designed the program to keep teens in the community, out of psychiatric inpatient treatment, and/or transition them from our inpatient unit back home. Our goals are to help teens improve their functioning, develop healthy coping skills, and stabilize their mental status.

Benefits of partial hospitalization.

Our evidence-based programming provides skills training to increase awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to enable teens to make healthier commitments and choices. Family therapy and education is a core component of our program. Parents and teens learn important skills to help them change problem behaviors, improve interpersonal relationships, and cope with stressful situations. 

We also provide psychiatric assessment, medication management and case management. Eligible teens include those experiencing psychiatric symptoms and behavioral problems that cause significant impairment in everyday educational, social, vocational and/or interpersonal functioning.

Program details.

Our program is 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, during the school year. During summer break, school vacations and school holidays, our program runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We follow the academic calendar of Akron Public Schools. Family therapy appointments are scheduled with your child's clinician throughout the day or immediately following the program as needed.

We offer several groups throughout the day:

  • School - An instructor from Akron Public Schools is on-site to help students with their schoolwork and to serve as a liaison between the program and school. Your teen will have 1 hour to complete any homework from his school or assignments given by the PHP instructor.
  • Check-in/Goals group - Participants check-in about their current emotional and mental health status and discuss the progress they made toward the goals they've 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 open-ended group is 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 uses the medium of art to reduce anxiety, to prompt the release of emotions, and to explore issues related to your teen's admission.
  • Spiritual wellness - This group invites participants to reflect on their spirituality and how this influences their overall health in body, mind and spirit.
  • SIGNALS - Participants use this group to identify signs of wellness and relapse. They create a plan to continue skills learned after discharge from our program.
  • 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, participants set achievable and measurable goals to work on at home and in their communities throughout the week. We also evaluate their level of safety to return home. 

To make an appointment

A physician referral is not required. Parents/guardians may call 330-543-4747 to make an appointment or for more information.




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Partial Hospitalization Program
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
AES Building
388 South Main St., Suite 205
Akron, Ohio 44311
Fax: 330-543-3942
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Our Doctors/Providers

Kendra Crookston
Kendra Crookston, LPCC-S

Mental Health Therapist

Molly Daugherty
Molly Daugherty, LPCC-S

Mental Health Therapist/Team Lead

Ulia Fisher
Ulia Fisher, PhD, LPC, MFT, MBA

Mental Health Therapist

Courtney Hout
Courtney Hout, LPCC, MFT

Mental Health Therapist

Karla Mellott
Karla Mellott, LISW

Mental Health Case Manager

Rihab Mohamed
Rihab Mohamed, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Medical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program

Christine Morehead
Christine Morehead, LPC

Mental Health Therapist

Megan Ott
Megan Ott, LPCC-S

Operations Supervisor, Mental Health Therapist

Kathy Royer
Kathy Royer, CNS-BC, APRN

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nathan Sole
Nathan Sole, LPCC

Mental Health Therapist

Holly Wanchick
Holly Wanchick

Mental Health Therapist

Tasha Willaford
Tasha Willaford, LPC, MFT

Mental Health Therapist