Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)


Partial Hospitalization Programlacement (PHP) includes therapeutic services for youth with emotional and behavioral problems for four to six hours per day, three to five days per week in a supervised facility. Treatment is based on each child’s individual needs and utilizes a combination of therapeutic services, including individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric services, medical services and active, direct supervision.

PHP programs are available in:

  • Joplin
  • Springfield
  • St. Louis


Program Details

Life can become quite a balancing act at times for all of us. But when you’re supporting children dealing with emotional or behavioral issues, finding the right balance between intensive service needs and maintaining routines can be especially tough.

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) allows children to maintain current placement while still engaging in intensive treatment. Children may enter the program when exhibiting acute symptoms that do not rise to the level of needing residential or inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, or they may use it as a step down from one of those programs.


Biopsychosocial Assessment

Each child receives a thorough assessment, designed to gather important information about their personal history, current diagnosis and/or symptoms, family history and more. A plan for treatment and aftercare plan can then be developed.


Case Management

Our case managers act as a central contact for family, insurance companies and all departments within Great Circle. The case manager also organizes treatment, monitors progress, and conducts utilization review updates with a health plan representative.


Therapy Services

Family therapy is a critical component of this program and is provided in person, if possible, at least weekly by a master-level therapist. Additional family engagement and treatment may also be supported via video, phone and other communication methods depending on location and family availability.

  • Group Therapy is provided multiple times each week by master-level therapists.
  • Individual psychotherapy is provided weekly by a master-level therapist.


Psychiatric Services

Thorough initial assessment is completed with DSM-V diagnosis. Individual sessions with client and consultation with individual therapist/case manager for medication checks and updated diagnosis will be provided according to the client’s specific needs. Collaboration with outpatient psychiatry is available for clients already being managed by an outside practice. Nursing services are provided as needed and staff is trained in proper medication management and dispensation.


Milieu Services

Safe and structured environment with constant supervision. Process groups are facilitated during the day at times of transition and as needs arise. Process groups focus on emotion regulation, social skills, anger management, conflict resolution, self-esteem building, and etc. Recreational services will be provided throughout the day. Snacks and meals are provided.



The Joint Commission

Sponsors of this Program

Missouri Department of Social Services – Children’s Division