Lindner Center Program Offers A ‘Step Between’

Partial Hospitalization Program grows with success at filling patient need

After a year of operation, the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Lindner Center of HOPE is a success by any measure.

The program, which began May 7, 2012, is available for adults (18 and older) whose daily functioning is impaired by mental illness, yet criteria are not met for hospitalization. It provides five-day-a-week intensive care for up to four weeks in a safe and therapeutic environment and helps patients progress to the point where standard outpatient appointments can be effective.

PHP is also used as a step-down program from hospitalization, with the intent of gradually easing an adult back into his or her home environment.

“In the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, we provide patients with the skills they need to move forward into a hope-filled future,” says Sarah Zinn, a licensed independent social worker on the Lindner Center staff who coordinates the PHP.

The program includes group therapy sessions, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, as well as diagnostic-specific individualized services tailored to meet each patient’s needs. Patients may have diagnoses that include but are not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders and thought disorders not requiring hospitalization, such as paranoia and hallucinations.

A typical day begins at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, followed by group sessions, then lunch in the Lindner Center dining room. The afternoon features more group sessions, with checkout by 3 p.m.

In many cases, insurance coverage is available. Financial counselors at Lindner Center of HOPE are available to help patients with their questions.

Key Program Metrics

Since the Partial Hospitalization Program’s inception, it:

  • Began accepting external referrals in February 2013, expanding its reach beyond Lindner Center patients only.
  • Doubled its capacity, also in February 2013, and can now support 20 individuals at a time.
  • Tracked outcomes by measuring severity of illness at admission vs. severity of illness at discharge using the Clinical Global Impressions 7-point scale. Results showed a 1.45 average decrease in severity from admission to discharge, with an improvement of 1 point or greater considered significant and meaningful improvement.
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