Children's Acute Partial Hospitalization Program


This intensive, short-term, 15-day therapeutic program is designed for children and teens ages 5-18 who are experiencing a behavioral, emotional, or psychiatric challenge. Acute PHP is intended for children and youth as a step down from inpatient care or as a means of preventing inpatient hospitalization. Clients can receive Acute PHP services up to the age of 21 if they are in school and have an IEP.

The Acute PHP is not an alternative educational placement, but rather a short-term, intensive behavioral health program, the goal of which is to provide short-term symptom stabilization.

Key Program Features

  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management
  • Group, individual and family therapy
  • One hour of education daily
  • Staff training in safe crisis management
  • Therapeutic support which incorporates tenets of applied behavioral analysis, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and social thinking skills training.


About the Facility

The children's acute partial hospitalization program is held in a comfortable, contemporary facility tailored to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens facing serious mental health challenges. Features include:

  • Rooms that are tailored for all age groups
  • A “specials” room for therapeutic activities
  • A large recreation area on the ground floor
  • An outdoor deck and fenced play area with a playground
  • Private conference room for family and team meetings
  • A designated office for psychiatric meetings
  • Designated rooms for family, individual, and group therapy

Beginning Treatment

An individualized treatment plan is created for each child with input from the psychiatrist, family, and school district. The plan includes goals to be monitored during daily therapeutic activities, as well as individualized components such as family or trauma-based sessions.

The Children’s Acute Partial Hospitalization Program is open year-round, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and located at 4176 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA  16506.

For more information, please contact the program manager at (814) 833-0380.
Referrals for the Acute Partial Hospitalization Program can be made from a parent, educational facility, therapist or physician.  Please click the link below to download our referral form.

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