Normal life looks a lot different these days, especially in healthcare. But there is one thing that hasn’t changed at Children’s Colorado: Your child’s health and safety are our highest priority. Kids need great pediatric care as much now as ever, and it’s for that reason that we’re reactivating services we temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. We are here to deliver safe, thoughtful, high-quality care for kids who need it. Learn what to expect – and all the ways we’re keeping patients safe.
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The Partial Hospitalization Program at Children's Hospital Colorado provides intensive treatment for children and teens with psychiatric difficulties that prevent them from functioning in their home, school or community.
Because each child and family works with a team, your participation and partnership is a vital part of the program.
Who we serve
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment for children and adolescents who have psychiatric challenges. Symptoms that may prompt a referral to our program include:
Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
High levels of emotional distress, including depression and/or anxiety that prevent participation in school, family activities and previously favored extracurricular pursuits, or that are causing the patient physiological pain or discomfort
Self-harm or other high-risk behaviors
Behavioral challenges, including yelling, minor aggression and trouble regulating emotions
School anxiety and refusal
For children and adolescents who have Medicaid and/or CHP, please contact your Medicaid provider. A care manager can assist the family in finding care for their child.
Services we provide
We provide evaluation and intensive mental health treatment for children, teens and their families. Our program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The average stay is about two weeks, but this varies based on the individual treatment needs of patients and their families.
Our services are directed at stabilization of serious mental and behavioral health challenges that prevent youth from functioning optimally at school, at home and in the community. This includes children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17 who are experiencing distress that exceeds traditional outpatient treatment but are able to remain stable with support; those who are stepping down from higher levels of psychiatric treatment including inpatient treatment; and those who are not in emergent condition but who require immediate, intensive care in order to maintain stability.
We provide a supportive, structured program that includes:
Our practices are based on the best evidence and research. An educational specialist is available to help children maintain their skills and make a successful transition back to school, and we work closely with partners in the community, including other mental health providers and schools. We also work to make sure that patients have ongoing support and treatment after they leave the program.
What to expect from the Partial Hospitalization Program
Two parent/family meetings per week
Daily parent check-in group
Psychoeducation series for parents
Coordination with community providers and school when appropriate