How is IOP Different from Partial Hospitalization Programs?

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a comprehensive outpatient program that provides support and treatment using interdisciplinary medical and psychiatric services. PHP’s can be used for treating individuals facing emotional or mental health challenges, including addiction, when full-time hospitalization is not required. PHP’s offer a structured format that provides prescribed physician oversight during the day, along with participation in therapeutic groups, such as IOPs. Unlike inpatient hospitalization, while on a PHP, there is no overnight hospital stay. That way, patients are able to maintain important links with family, friends, community, as well as tend to their home and work responsibilities.

A PHP is more intensive than an IOP and often requires 5 days a week of participation in a hospital setting. While a PHP is less intensive than full residential and more intensive than IOP, a patient may participate concurrently in both IOP and PHP or residential programs. While on residential or inpatient programs, patients can be transported to IOP sessions 3 days a week, or an IOP can be hosted within the residential facility. While on a PHP, a patient can fulfill both the physician-assisted portion of the PHP, and the IOP concurrently, either within the hospital setting or by visiting both PHP and IOP facilities.


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