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Acute Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization

Last Updated Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:53:40 PM

For some psychiatric patients, partial hospitalization can be a useful altern­ative to inpatient treatment. The acute partial hospitalization program at El Camino Hospital uses cognitive behavioral therapy as its theoretical framework. Our goal is to enable patients to effectively continue their treatment after discharge by transitioning to a traditional outpatient psychiatrist and/or therapist.

About our programs

The partial hospitalization program (PHP) and the intensive outpatient program (IOP) both provide intensive, goal-oriented short-term treatment. The idea is to help patients overcome dysfunctional emotions and behaviors, and develop the coping skills they need to get on with their lives. Treatment is tailored to the individual person.

Partial hospitalization program:

  • 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, Monday-Friday.
  • Length of stay varies depending on medical necessity, but the average is 15 days.

Intensive outpatient program:

  • Up to 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, Monday–Friday
  • 6-12 sessions, depending on the patient’s needs

Typical day

9:30 a.m. - Individual appointments
10:00 a.m. -  Community meeting
10:30 a.m. - Group therapy
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Cognitive behavioral group
3:00 p.m. - Stress management group
4:00 p.m - Home

Our staff

Our staff consists of psychiatrist-medical directors, clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists. The team is experienced and empathetic, and gets to know each patient individually so as to provide treatment that is both personalized and relevant.


Patients are referred to the outpatient programs by their community psychiatrist and/or therapist, or by psychiatric inpatient hospitals. Occasionally, it’s the patients' families, or even the patients themselves, who initiate acute psychiatric partial hospitalization. All prospective patients must make an appointment for an initial assessment to determine the best level of care.

Fees and Insurance

Most insurance plans cover the partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient programs. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees.


El Camino Hospital Behavioral Health Services
2500 Grant Road
Mountain View, California

Other Information

Most insurance plans cover the partial hospital/intensive outpatient programs. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees.

Contact Information

For more information or to make an assessment appointment, please call 650-940-7254 or 866-789-6089 (toll-free).

Acute Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization

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