Compass Health Center Programs for Adolescents (ages 12-18)

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

PHP provides short-term stabilization for patients with serious emotional disturbances, diversion from inpatient care and restoration to a level of functioning that enables the patient to return to the community.  The primary purpose of  the PHP is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for patients.  Individualized treatment programs addressing psychiatric symptoms, behavior, and goals are developed for each patient by the multidisciplinary Compass team.  Treatment focuses 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. Adolescents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in family therapy.

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 works closely with the school to ensure academic needs are met and to design a re-entry plan for after discharge. Compass also provides a math/science tutor and a humanities tutor for students needing additional support.

The average length of stay in the PHP is approximately 2-4 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans, the length of PHP may vary.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP provides short-term stabilization for patients who are having difficulty managing their symptoms in traditional outpatient treatment. The IOP can be  used as a bridging treatment between PHP and traditional outpatient treatment or as a step-up of care when traditional outpatient care does not suffice.

The IOP treatment team will design individualized programs for patients with consideration to psychiatric diagnoses, developmental functioning, behavioral needs, family involvement and community resources. Our mental disorder treatment plan includes individual and group therapy, peer support, psychiatric treatment and family therapy. This comprehensive treatment approach is designed to help the patient return to a more functional, healthy and independent life.

Compass staff will decrease the amount of time a patient spends in the program as their symptoms and level of functioning improve.   As they spend less time at Compass, our clinicians help them transition back to the community and outside providers.

The average length of stay in the IOP is approximately 2-4 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans, the length of IOP may vary.

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School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

The School Refusal PHP provides short-term stabilization for those adolescents having trouble attending school. Most of these patients struggle with depression or anxiety that manifests itself in school refusal behavior. The use of scientifically proven treatments, intensive family therapy and close partnership with the school, enable the Compass staff to help facilitate a successful return to school. Individualized treatment programs addressing psychiatric symptoms and therapeutic goals are developed for each patient by the multidisciplinary team.

Every patient will participate in group and individual therapy. Adolescents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in family therapy. The School Refusal PHP incorporates two hours of supervised school study each day under the supervision and guidance of an education specialist and teacher’s aides. Compass also provides a math/science tutor and a humanities tutor for adolescents needing additional support.The education specialist works closely with the school to ensure academic needs are met and to design a re-entry plan for after discharge.

The average length of stay in the School Refusal PHP is approximately 2-4 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans, the length of School Refusal PHP may vary.

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