Knoxville, Tennessee’s Selected Adult Partial Hospitalization Program

East Tennessee Behavioral Health offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adults who have mental health and co-occurring disorders, which includes psychiatric diagnoses and substance use disorders. Patients who participate in our PHP receive evidence-based care that can help them manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. 

PHP Overview

East Tennessee Behavioral Health features a partial hospitalization program for adults age 18 and older. This program is designed to help those who can benefit from a structured level of care but wish to return home or to an alternative residence when therapy isn’t taking place. 

Conditions we commonly treat in our PHP include: 

  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Suicidal/homicidal ideation 
  • Psychotic disorders 
  • Substance use disorders 

You can enter our PHP directly, as a step-up from our intensive outpatient program (IOP), or as a step-down after completing our inpatient program. You will participate in our PHP five days a week for six to eight hours per day, depending on your individual needs. 

The structure of our PHP promotes a certain amount of independence, allowing you to engage in activities of daily living when you aren’t attending sessions. We’ll help you make a smooth transition to long-term wellness by equipping you with the skills and strategies you need. 

Features & Services

In East Tennessee Behavioral Health’s partial hospitalization program, we use a variety of therapeutic activities and evidence-based services that we customize to align with each patient’s unique needs. 

Some of the empirically supported interventions we incorporate into our programming include: 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) 
  • Motivational enhancement 

The primary element of our PHP is group therapy. These sessions are led by our outstanding team of social workers and counselors. Depending on your personalized care plan, you may participate in several sessions per day in groups that focus on recovery, community, general processing, and psychoeducational elements. 

These groups may cover a wide variety of topics that can be beneficial on your path to healing, such as: 

  • Support building 
  • Healthy boundaries 
  • Goal setting 
  • Medication support 
  • Anger management 
  • Independent living 
  • Suicide prevention 
  • Recovery and relapse 

Continuing Care

At East Tennessee Behavioral Health, we want to help you understand your diagnosis and lay the foundation for your long-term health and happiness. 

Our PHP is just the initial step on that journey, though. During your time with us, we’ll help you begin to make the necessary changes to thrive, but we will also set you up for continued success. 

From the time you enter our PHP, your primary therapist and multidisciplinary team will begin to plan for your eventual discharge. They’ll use information from your pre-admission assessment and the programming you participate in to create a continuing care plan that will be ready when you leave our facility. 

At the conclusion of your time in our PHP, we will contact outpatient providers on your behalf to discuss your progress and the best course for you to continue making strides toward better health. We’ll also give you a detailed list of resources that may include educational opportunities, support groups, and social connections. 

Admissions Process

When you decide to receive care for any mental health or substance use disorder, you’ll want to find the right help as soon as possible. At East Tennessee Behavioral Health, we make it easy for you to enter our programming as quickly as possible.  

We accept referrals from a variety of community resources, or prospective patients may reach out to us anytime, 24/7. One of our intake clinicians will help you schedule an assessment, during which we will: 

  • Discuss your medical history, any previous care you’ve received, and your current needs 
  • Gather insurance information 
  • Determine if our PHP is an appropriate level of care or recommend a different program 

If our PHP is the right choice for you, we’ll verify your benefits through your insurance provider. Though we treat substance use disorders, insurance will only cover care for an addiction as a primary diagnosis if that patient is struggling with an opioid addiction. If a patient has any other substance use disorder, it can only be treated as a co-occurring diagnosis. 

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at East Tennessee Behavioral Health.  

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