Partial Hospitalization

Partial Hospitalization

For some people, partial hospitalization can offer an alternative to inpatient psychiatric care. 
The Partial Hospitalization Program at El Camino Hospital provides short-term care for people with acute mental health conditions and focuses on helping participants transition to traditional outpatient therapy.

The program uses cognitive behavioral therapy as a framework for care — cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Studies have shown that this goal-oriented therapy can be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

How the Program Works

The Partial Hospitalization Program and the Intensive Outpatient Program provide goal-oriented, short-term treatment to help overcome dysfunctional emotions and behaviors. Treatment, which is tailored to the individual, is also designed to help develop the coping skills needed to resume life. 

Program components are based on your individual needs.

Partial Hospitalization Program

  • Six hours of treatment a day, five days a week, Monday through Friday.
  • Length of stay varies depending on medical necessity, but the average length is 15 days.

Intensive Outpatient Program

  • Up to three hours a day, five days a week, Monday through Friday.
  • Six to 12 sessions, depending on individual needs.

For those who require more acute therapy and care, we offer inpatient psychiatric treatment.

What to Expect

A typical day might include:

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

Wednesdays include a family group, and the program begins at 1:15 p.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. For those participating in our Dual-Diagnosis PHP, family group counseling takes place on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Talk to Someone

Inquire about services or get a physician referral. Our call-back and chat services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mental Health Assessment

Find out if this program is right for you or someone you know. Call 650-988-8468 or 866-789-6089 to schedule a free, confidential assessment.

Insurance & Fees

Most insurance plans cover the cost of care for the Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Outpatient Program. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees. Visit billing information and mental health insurance information for more information.

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