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Have you recently left an inpatient treatment program and don’t know where to go next? Do you feel like you don’t need inpatient care but could still benefit from highly intensive support and treatment?


Attending a partial hospitalization program (PHP) may be the right choice for you. In 2022, 217,000 Kentuckians received treatment for a substance use disorder, and 879,000 received treatment for a mental health disorder. These numbers include all treatment levels, from basic therapy to PHP. At SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky, we solve unmet needs when it comes to your substance use disorder recovery. Our no-cost care assessments allow you to meet with a representative who will determine the best plan of action for your needs and goals. They will evaluate if attending our partial hospitalization program is the right fit for you.

What We Offer: Partial Hospitalization Program

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a highly intensive outpatient treatment program in which people participate during the day, 5 days a week, and return home each night. This level of treatment is suitable for people who need more intensive care but do not need complete hospitalization. They may require stabilization and intensive treatment, but their symptoms are not an imminent danger to themselves and others. 

Many people who participate in PHP come from inpatient care settings. In these cases, they are transitioning from inpatient, where they stay at the hospital for the entirety of their treatment, to outpatient, where they participate in treatment during the day while returning to their homes at night. 

PHP is unsuitable for anyone actively a danger to themselves or others. If you or a loved one are actively a danger to yourself or others, inpatient care is the best option. 

People participating in PHP will learn new emotional coping skills and reintegrate into their family and community. At the end of their time with PHP, they are usually ready for lower levels of outpatient care, such as an intensive outpatient program (IOP). 

How We Provide Partial Hospitalization at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky

Whether you are seeking mental health or substance use disorder treatment, SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky provides PHP for both. We have 3 adult groups and 1 teen group for those 13-17 years old. The topics discussed during PHP include mental health, dual diagnosis, and trauma. Patients participate in our PHP from 9 AM until 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Both adults and teens participating in PHP will receive art or recreational therapy 3 days a week.

Partial Hospitalization Program: What Is Covered?

During PHP treatment at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky, you will participate in a variety of therapies and have a team of psychiatrists who will provide you with a comprehensive medication management plan. During your assessment, our team will consider your experiences, your doctors' insights, your treatment history, and your previous assessments when customizing your treatment plan. Here are some therapies you may experience during your PHP treatment at SUN Behavioral Health.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

During PHP, everyone participating in SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky treatment will experience some form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Depending on your treatment plan, your team may combine it with other options. CBT helps people identify and change harmful thoughts or behaviors into less harmful ones. When you participate in CBT, you will learn things such as:

  • Identifying harmful thoughts and concerns in your life
  • Changing beliefs, thoughts, and emotions from harmful ones to positive ones
  • Exploring alternative strategies that can allow you to cope with current concerns
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Coping Skills Training

During coping skills training, you will learn how to cope when your risk factors or similar situations occur, allowing you to experience those situations outside of treatment and practice what to do. Your counselor will also teach you social skills that will enable you to reduce conflict in your personal and work relationships. When these skills are combined, you will experience increased self-confidence, which will help your recovery journey after completing PHP.

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Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

A wellness recovery action plan, or WRAP, is a system that helps you understand the wellness techniques necessary for your long-term recovery. This type of treatment allows you to learn and discover tools to create and maintain wellness. These tools include:

  • Developing a daily plan to help you stay on track with your goals
  • Identifying circumstances or situations that might prevent or derail your recovery
  • Learning how to move forward from those circumstances
  • Allowing you to gain support and stay in control even if you experience a crisis

Partial Hospitalization Program Timeline

How long someone stays in a partial hospitalization program can vary. Every person is different when it comes to their treatment for a mental health concern, substance use disorder, or both. Some people only need a few weeks, while others need longer. It depends on the type of treatment you are receiving and how well you are progressing. Our team works with you, your doctors, and your history to determine how long you will need to be in a partial hospitalization program. As you participate in treatment, your timeline may change depending on your progress.

Partial Hospitalization Benefits

Partial hospitalization can provide many benefits, offering a balance between the intensity of inpatient care and the flexibility of outpatient treatment. For example, PHP provides a structured support system that includes medical professionals, therapists, support groups, and more. Medical professionals monitor your health and medications, while our therapists and support groups can assist with any symptoms you have associated with a mental health or substance use disorder. 

PHP also provides more flexibility than an inpatient treatment program. While it is still structured and takes up most of the day, unlike inpatient programs, PHP allows you or your loved one to return home each night after they have completed treatment during the day. For individuals who can keep themselves and others safe at night despite needing additional support, this option works great for receiving that support while maintaining family or work commitments. 

PHP also teaches people the skills and tools they need to maintain stability. These skills often include mindfulness, accountability, and stress reduction, which can prevent someone from returning to substance use or worsening symptoms of a mental health disorder.

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Talk With a Representative at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky Today

If you are at a point in your life where you no longer need inpatient treatment but still feel like intensive support and care would help partial hospitalization may be the right choice for you. Our SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky team is here to help you design the best treatment for your needs based on you, your doctors, your treatment history, and your assessments. 

SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky solves unmet needs in Erlanger, KY. Our 24/7 crisis care can help you start treatment when a crisis arises. For more information, call us at 859-429-5188.

FAQs About Partial Hospitalization Program

What is the difference between IOP and PHP?

The time commitment is the most significant difference between IOP (intensive outpatient program) and PHP. Typically, IOP requires fewer hours each week than PHP. PHP will occur daily for several hours, while IOP will occur for shorter hours and may meet less frequently throughout the week.

What is the goal of a partial hospitalization program?

The goal of a partial hospitalization program is to continue to provide stabilization and structure for a substance use or mental health disorder at a lower level of care than what inpatient treatment offers. For many people, this treatment is the next step following an inpatient stay and can help them transition to lower levels of care.

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