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Beyond Healthcare: An alternative to inpatient care for teens in Ohio

A child and teen focused mental healthcare PHP program is often a better alternative to residential mental health treatment.

You might think that your child or teen’s depression, anxiety or mood disorders would best be treated away from home in a residential treatment facility. Oftentimes, Partial Hospitalization Programs or PHP like those offered by Beyond Healthcare are better positioned to treat your child and achieve lasting outcomes.

PHP offers several advantages to more expensive residential care and can act to put patients on a pathway to self-management of symptoms. PHP can treat patients with high acuity as measured on PHQ-9 and GAD7 surveys who have a safety plan in place.

Here’s how PHP is often a better alternative to residential mental health treatment and can avoid traumatic psychiatric hospitalization events:

· Safe Treatment Environment. PHPs offer a safe, structured therapeutic environment similar to inpatient care, with daily schedules of therapy sessions, group activities, and medication management. This structure can help children and teens maintain a sense of routine and stability while receiving treatment.

· Maintaining Connection to Family. While PHP treatment is 5 days per week, your loved one sleeps at home each night and thereby maintains connections with their families, schools and communities. This dynamic creates balance between their home life and access to deep structured treatment.

· Range of Mental Health Conditions are Treated. PHPs offers a range of therapeutic interventions, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychoeducation. These programs offer intensive support from physicians, nurses and licensed therapists to address a variety of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse.

· Cost-Effective. Compared to residential or inpatient psychiatric care, PHPs are often more cost-effective since patients do not require 24/7 supervision and accommodation. This can make mental health treatment more accessible to individuals who may not be able to afford or need the level of care provided in residential settings.

· Focus on Community Integration. PHPs emphasize the importance of community integration and skill-building, helping individuals develop coping strategies, social skills, and relapse prevention techniques that they can apply in their everyday lives. This focus on functional improvement supports long-term recovery and resilience and is best accomplished while living at home.

· Customized Treatment Plans. Like residential treatment, PHPs develop individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs, strengths,

and goals. This personalized approach ensures that treatment addresses specific mental health symptoms and challenges, fostering meaningful progress and recovery.

· Continuity of Care. PHPs are part of your community and positioned to collaborate closely with outpatient mental health providers, primary care physicians, and community resources to ensure seamless transitions between levels of care. This continuity of care helps individuals maintain progress and support after completing the PHP program. Beyond healthcare offers lower levels of care to support your child after they graduate from PHP.

Overall, mental health partial hospitalization programs offer a comprehensive and effective alternative to residential or inpatient psychiatric care, providing intensive treatment and support while promoting independence, community integration, and long-term recovery.