The Partial Hospital Programs (PHP) provide short-term, intensive treatment necessary for patients needing to step down from an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and help them transition into a lower level of care. The primary purpose of the PHP at Compass Health Center is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for patients who are at risk and having difficulty managing daily life stressors. The average length of stay in the PHP is approximately 2-6 weeks, however, because each individual has his/her own individualized treatment plan, the timing may vary.

Programs for Children (ages 9-12)

The Partial Hospital Program (PHP) provides stabilization for children between the ages of 9 and 12 who are afflicted by serious emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depression. The child’s PHP incorporates one and a half hours of supervised school study each day under the supervision and guidance of an education specialist and support staff. The education specialist also works closely with the school to ensure academic needs are met and to design a discharge re-entry plan for the patient.

Programs for Adolescents (ages 12-18)

For minors between the ages of 12 and 18, the Adolescent PHP incorporates two hours of supervised school study each day under the supervision and guidance of an education specialist and teacher’s aides. The education specialist also works closely with the school to ensure academic needs are met and to design a discharge re-entry plan for the patient. Compass Health Center also provides a math/science tutor and humanities tutor for adolescents who are in need of additional support. Adolescents and caregivers are especially encouraged to participate in family therapy as part of the program.

Programs for Young Adults (ages 18-24)

The Young Adult program is for adults ages 18 to 24 who are struggling with the transition to adulthood. Conditions preventing success in this transition may be related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and/or substance use. These conditions can lead to an inability to attend college, retain a job, and/or live independently. They also foster poor relationship development skills and a multitude of other “failure to launch” scenarios. The Young Adult PHP focus is on achieving treatment goals and building skills that relevant to this particular age group.

Programs for Adults (ages 25 and up)

The Adult PHP is for mature individuals who are coping with mental health disorders and/or career, family, and health concerns that are leading to debilitating daily functioning. This PHP provides short-term stabilization for patients with serious emotional disturbances and diverts them from typical inpatient care. The primary purpose of the Adult PHP is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment while the patient works on achieving a level of functioning that enables him/her to return to the community. Individualized treatment programs are created to focus on stabilizing symptoms and establishing a foundation of skills essential to the long-term success of the individual. Every patient will participate in group and individual therapy, and the adults in the program are strongly encouraged to engage in additional family/couples therapy.

Treatment Goals

We aim to help patients transition from an intensive level of care and restore them to a level of functioning that allows them to return to their communities. During the course of treatment, we provide various therapies that will improve patients’ level of functioning by gaining strategies and learning how to utilize them effectively. Treatment plan incorporates individual and group therapy, peer support, psychiatric treatment, and family intervention. This comprehensive treatment approach is designed to help the patient return to a more functional, healthy and independent life.

Our goals include:

  • Assessing risk and stabilization of crisis while reducing psychiatric symptoms
  • Designing individualized treatment plans that are appropriate for the patient’s diagnosis, developmental functioning, behavioral needs, family involvement, and community resources
  • Empowering the patient through individual, group, family, CBT, DBT, experiential therapies
  • Helping patients learn concrete coping skills — distress tolerance, emotional management skills, relaxation techniques, and effective communication skills

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Personalized Treatment Tracks

Patients of our Partial Hospitalization Programs receive individualized psychiatric treatment paths specific to their needs, uniquely developed for each patient by the multidisciplinary Compass Health Center team. We treat many patients for general depression and anxiety, but for patients with more specific difficulties there are a variety of treatment tracks crafted to target these underlying concerns:

  • Eating Disorders
  • OCD/Complex Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma

Read more about our treatment tracks.

Staff & Facilities

Compass Health Center provides patients with superior intensive level psychiatric care in a supportive and safe environment. Our goal is to help patients overcome debilitating psychiatric symptoms through scientifically proven treatment modalities. We pride ourselves in offering exceptional treatment to the North Shore and surrounding Chicago area. Each patient is closely monitored by a full-time psychiatrist, licensed group therapist, licensed individual therapist as well as a full-time nurse. The highly-skilled, collaborative team ensures that treatment plans evolve with the needs of the patient.

Our on-site staff for both Compass Health Center locations includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, nurses and special-education teachers. From our outstanding clinical staff to the physical space layout, the whole person is appreciated in creating and providing successful psychiatric treatment.

If you would like to consider Partial Hospital Program Treatment for your child, student, or someone you know, call Compass Health Center at 224-306-1879 to schedule an appointment, or fill out the contact form so we can be in touch with you to determine if the PHP option is the best fit.

Next, read about our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).