Partial Hospitalization

The Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program provides a range of therapeutic activities to help students stay with their families and to minimize the need for placement in more restrictive environments such as inpatient or residential settings. The Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program promotes stabilization of mental health symptoms, encourages appropriate behavior within a supportive educational setting, and provides the opportunity for youth with serious emotional disturbances to function to the best of their ability.

Population Served: This program serves children and adolescents who are between ages 4 and 18 and who are in need of more intensive treatment than can be provided in an Outpatient setting. The children enrolled in this program have been unable to succeed in their school placements and have been determined to need a more intensive treatment program. Although the program has an educational component and is designed to replicate a classroom setting, the primary focus is to promote a therapeutic setting with a variety of mental health interventions. The program runs year round.

Services: The Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program integrates psychiatric, psychosocial, and educational services for children in need of an intensive, structured and therapeutic setting to stabilize mental health or behavioral symptoms while living in their home setting. Service is provided 5 days a week and includes the following components:

  • The client and his or her family
  • Psychologists
  • Behavioral Specialist Consultants
  • Master's level clinicians
  • Bachelor's level therapeutic staff support workers
  • Case managers
  • Collaborative agencies
  • Educational staff

Consistent with our private special education school license, the services offered will be prescribed by and carried out in accordance with each child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). All children entering the program receive a diagnostic assessment that includes a psychiatric evaluation, an educational assessment and a biopsychosocial assessment. Each child will have an individualized plan developed with their family's involvement to support improving their emotional health and promoting the highest level of functioning. Collaboration with the schools and a well-coordinated discharge plan will be completed to ensure a successful return to school when the child is ready. The average length of stay is approximately three months but can vary with each child.

Treatment Locations: The Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program provides services at the main campus of Children's Service Center, 335 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Direct Contact

Sydney Szafranovicz, Partial Director
Phone: 570-825-6425 Ext. 7262