Compass Health Center Programs for Children (ages 9-12)

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

PHP provides short-term stabilization for children between the ages of 9 and 12 with serious emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depression. Our goal is 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. The primary purpose of PHP is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for children who are at risk and having difficulty managing daily life stressors. During the course of treatment, we provide various therapies that will improve their level of functioning by gaining strategies and learning how to utilize them effectively. Patients will participate in group therapy, as well as receive individual support. Individualized treatment programs addressing psychiatric symptoms, behavior, and goals are developed by the multidisciplinary team.  Additionally, family involvement from the beginning of treatment is imperative and an integral component of the program.

The Child 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 works closely with the school to ensure academic needs are met and to design a discharge re-entry plan.

The average length of stay in the PHP at Compass Health Center 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 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.

School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

The School Refusal PHP provides short-term stabilization for those children 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.

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Every patient will participate in group and individual therapy. Children and care-givers 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 a teacher’s aide. 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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