Mental Health Care

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s behavioral and mental health department takes a multidisciplinary approach to mental health care. Psychiatrists and case managers work as a team with psychologists, social workers, clinical counselors, and psychiatric nurses and technicians. The psychiatric team works together with the patient and family members as appropriate to customize a treatment plan including counseling and psychological education, symptom management, supportive group therapy, expressive therapy, and medication education.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s behavioral health services department is known for its comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to inpatient mental health treatment. The department is committed to providing flexible solutions that meet each patient’s needs.

Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is part of that commitment. We recognize that mental and emotional conditions exist along a spectrum. While some behavioral health issues might not require an inpatient approach, they may be too serious to manage through routine counseling alone. PHP bridges that gap: it is a hospital-based, intensive outpatient treatment program.

Who Could Benefit From PHP?

PHP is a comprehensive, short-term outpatient option that provides support and treatment for adults facing emotional or mental difficulties, and who may have substance abuse problems. Individual treatment decisions should be made in consultation with your physician. In general, however, PHP can:

  • Provide a structured treatment setting for individuals who might otherwise require inpatient psychiatric care
  • Help to prevent hospitalization by providing an intensive level of intervention and services
  • Facilitate individuals’ transition back into the community after recent inpatient psychiatric care.

How is PHP Structured?

Participants attend sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. The duration of counseling and treatment is usually between one and three weeks, depending on the individual’s progress. Participants return home in the evening, maintaining important links to their family and community. They gain confidence by applying new coping skills in their home environments, which promotes independence.

PHP’s comprehensive program includes psychological education, symptom management, supportive group therapy, expressive therapy, and medication education. It features individualized medical monitoring and concentrated, coordinated counseling combined with access to intensive treatment.

How Can PHP Help?

The goal of PHP is to help participants understand their current problems and improve their coping skills. Participants benefit from multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment from psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and clinical social workers. The psychiatric team works with each participant to develop an individualized counseling and treatment plan, and each participant works with a psychiatrist one-on-one.

PHP is designed to adapt to each participant’s challenges and needs. Treatment may include family therapy, group counseling, education about medication’s benefits, and general health education. Staff work with patients to strengthen coping skills by improving individual support systems, overcoming negative thoughts, developing good sleep habits, learning stress management and relaxation techniques, and incorporating exercise into daily routines.

The program’s support group format reduces feelings of isolation and hopelessness as individuals discover that they are not alone in their struggle for emotional wellbeing. With the participant’s permission, designated behavioral specialists and professionals are included in counseling and treatment planning. The team also helps individuals transition out of PHP by setting goals and developing a plan for care after the program is over.

Admission to PHP

To be admitted to PHP, clients must have a DSM-IV diagnosis (dual diagnosis clients also accepted), and they must be under the care of a psychiatrist or referred to a PHP-affiliated psychiatrist by a state-licensed psychologist or social worker. Clients must be capable of participating in and benefitting from group therapy and cannot be an imminent danger to themselves or others. Participants must have access to reliable transportation to and from the program.

You Are Not Alone

PHP is for individuals 18 and older who are suffering from significant emotional or mental distress that makes it difficult for them to manage their lives in a work, school, or home setting. Referrals can be made by individuals seeking treatment, physicians, therapists, or other healthcare professionals. Our team of professionals is available to help 24 hours a day. Please contact us at 301-877-4450.

Behavioral Health

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
7503 Surratts Road
Clinton, Maryland 20735
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Phone: 301-877-5615

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