What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

A Partial Hospitalization Program, or day hospital, is a very structured day program that provides several hours of therapy and skill building groups each day. You will participate in a daily routine in a PHP, but you will go back home each night.

Things you may be wondering about PHPs

How will I get there?

  • Many PHPs offer transportation to and from the program
  • Some insurance companies provide rides for medical appointments

What will my day at a PHP be like?

  • PHPs typically meet Monday through Friday for about six hours (usually 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Some PHPs offer transportation and meals, but this can vary by program

How long does a PHP last?

  • PHPs can last from one to six months, or as little as one week
  • Before you finish the program, your treatment team will help you make a plan for your ongoing care and will make sure you have all the information you need, such as important phone numbers and medication information