Partial Hospitalization Program for Adults

Behavioral Health - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Behavioral Health - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY

The ECMC Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for adults offers intensive outpatient treatment interventions to individuals experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms that impair their daily everyday functioning at home, school and/or work.

Our Partial Hospitalization Program is designed to stabilize acute symptoms with the intention of avoiding a psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, or to reduce the length of a hospital stay.

This program is an exceptional resource to outside community providers who may notice an increase in mental health symptoms of their patients, but do not require hospitalization.

This program is a great step down from inpatient care for those discharged who may need continued structure and coping skills prior to returning to their outpatient provider.

Program Structure

The Partial Hospitalization Program offers six hours of treatment each day from Monday – Friday (lunch provided). Treatment is provided by a team of qualified professionals; including clinical licensed mental health practitioners.

The program includes:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
  • Dialectical Behavioral Treatment
  • Psychoeducation
  • Medication stabilization
  • Family involvement
  • Support and advocacy

Each patient is assigned a primary therapist who, together with the treatment team, coordinates his or her individualized treatment plan. The program invites family and/or significant others to participate in their loved one’s treatment by offering sessions to discuss treatment, support, and community resources.

The program encourages and offers a weekly family group that provides psychoeducation to patients’ family members and/or loved-ones regarding the program, the skills their loved ones have learned and how they can support them upon completion of the program.

Admission Requirements

Individuals who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have a primary psychiatric diagnosis
  • Exhibit psychiatric symptoms that do not require hospitalization, however have a profound impairment on their daily living and functioning
  • Are willing and able to contract for safety
  • Live in a suitable environment for personal safety
  • Have failed to make significant clinical gains within a traditional outpatient setting structure and are in need of increased skills to function in an outpatient setting
  • Are ready for inpatient discharge, but are assessed to be in need of daily monitoring and support, as well as the need for ongoing intensive therapeutic intervention
  • Experience symptoms that without an intensive outpatient program, would increase

Exclusion Criteria

Individuals who:

  • Have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse with active use of substances
  • Lack commitment and/or desire to participate in PHP

Program Expectations

  • Respect the rules and confidentiality of others in the program
  • Remain abstinent of all substances while attending the program
  • Refrain from any harm to self or others
  • Refrain from sexual or romantic relationships with other program members
  • Be on time, attend regularly, and contact the program if one is unable to attend on a particular day (only allowed one absence)

Our Doctors

Meet our dedicated team of doctors and psychiatrists who staff the ECMC Regional Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and work alongside our staff to deliver patient-centric health care.

Michael R. Cummings, MD
Doctors, Behavioral Health, Mental Health and Psychiatry, Physician Leadership, Chiefs of Service, Medical Officers, Medical Directors
Immediate Past President, Associate Medical Director
Zhanna Elberg, MD
Doctors, Behavioral Health, Mental Health and Psychiatry, Behavioral Health Navigate Program

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