Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers two unique programs at Fairfax Behavioral Health; one designed for adolescents between the ages of 13 to 17 and another for adults 18+, who are experiencing acute psychiatric distress. This level of care bridges the gap between acute inpatient and outpatient services. It serves as both an alternative to hospitalization and as a transition from inpatient care. The PHP programs provide a structured, therapeutically intensive setting for individuals who do not require 24-hour supervision, yet who still require a high degree of therapeutic support.

The level of treatment within the Partial Hospitalization Program provides many of the same therapeutic and educational components as a traditional inpatient program, while allowing the individual to continue working on his or her treatment in the family and community setting. Since participants return home each evening, the focus of care is on building effective coping skills to improve self-management in their home setting.

Participants in the program meet Monday through Friday for 30 hours of treatment per week and also have the opportunity for a family meeting. Medication consultation and management is provided by Psychiatrists and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) during the program. On average, participants attend 5 to 10 program days; however, the length of treatment varies based on each individual’s needs.

Adult PHP: M – F |  8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Adolescent PHP: M – F | 8:45 am – 2:30 pm


The PHP clinical team is dedicated to empowering our clients and patients, facilitating the change and growth they need to succeed in treatment and life. Our team of clinicians employs evidenced based treatment models to work with adolescents, adults, and their families to help them move from states of distress, dysfunction or pain toward strength and wellness. The goal of PHP is to identify and build upon the individual’s strengths and to assist them in returning to an optimal level of productivity. Treatment modalities based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) principles are tailored to meet each participant’s needs.

Admission Criteria:

Our clinical experts facilitate the delivery of a comprehensive evaluation and assistance to individuals in gaining insight into their problems, and discovering more successful behaviors. Below are some of the diagnoses we work with:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Attention Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Interpersonal Concerns
  • Dual Diagnosis

Partial Hospitalization is appropriate for clients who are:

  •  Experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms which would likely require inpatient hospitalization without intensive treatment
  • Continuing to experience symptoms that require more support than what would be possible in a traditional outpatient setting
  • Facing symptoms that interfere with normal daily responsibilities (i.e., self-care, work/school, care for dependents)
  • Not an imminent danger to themselves or others
  • Receptive and able to participate in intensive group-based psychotherapy
  • Able to access support networks in the community to help them after program hours
  • Have stable housing and reliable transportation

PHP Admission Criteria:

  • Presence of acute symptoms related to major psychiatric disorders (mood, bipolar, or anxiety)
  • Symptoms interfere with ability to function at work, school or in normal daily routine
  • Stabilization cannot be easily accomplished with less intensive outpatient treatment
  • Risk of hospitalization without more structured and intensive treatment
  • Receptive to group-oriented treatment approach

Treatment Team:

The Fairfax Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to meeting each participant’s treatment goals. The treatment team consists of psychiatrists, advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP), psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, art therapists, occupational therapists, and registered nurses.