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Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Behavioral Health Care for Struggling Teens

Adolescence is a trying time for all teenagers, but for some it’s more difficult to make it through these years in a healthy way than others. SunCloud Health provides Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) that provide the guidance needed for lasting recovery. 

Our approach is different from others in the Chicago region, taking an individualized look at each adolescent while treating mental health concerns and co-occurring disorders simultaneously, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, school refusal, and other behavioral health conditions.

Adolescent PHP is held Monday through Friday from 9am-3:30pm at our Naperville, Chicago, and Northbrook centers. Designed for adolescents requiring full-day support, we provide time for schoolwork and collaborate directly with their schools. Please contact us for an assessment to see if our program aligns with the needs of your child, patient, or student.

What is treated in Partial Hospitalization Programs for adolescents?

Teen partial hospitalization can help the 7-8% of teenagers with behavioral problems in the United States (CDC). A PHP program is well suited to address a wide array of mental health concerns, providing an intensive program targeting young adults who need to make lasting and significant changes to their lives while allowing them to maintain and improve relationships with family. Some of the common disorders we treat are: 

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What Is Adolescent Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and how does it work?

Adolescent partial hospitalization ensures that teenagers can receive the treatment they need in a personalized and intensive treatment facility, while still maintaining social and family connections. PHP works by allowing teens to come to the treatment center daily, Monday through Friday, to heal in a structured treatment environment, while spending evenings and weekends at home. This dual approach provides teens with the personalized and intense support that they need while still allowing them a more normal social life and family life.

Variant adolescent PHP is a multi-step program that includes tutoring, building problem-solving skills for both school and home, peer support through group and individual therapy, case management, and access to psychiatrists for medical treatment. It gives teenagers more autonomy by providing a way for them to stay connected with family and friends while undergoing treatment. At the same time, PHP still provides the comprehensive intensive treatment of an inpatient program. Variant teen PHP programs at SunCloud Health, provided by clinical professionals in mental health care, begin with thorough assessments and focus heavily on addressing the root issue while creating supportive and challenging environments geared towards optimal health.

Adolescent PHP vs Outpatient Treatment

When considering a program structure for your teenager, adolescent PHP and intensive outpatient treatment options are both valid. The best choice for your teenager depends on the problem at hand and your teenager’s temperament. Adolescent partial hospitalization requires more visits to the treatment center and is a more intensive program. Outpatient treatment programs typically require only 4-8 hours of treatment per week. These programs are best for teens who are going to be going to school daily or have a less serious problem. Teen partial hospitalization programs are often thought of as a “part-time job” in the sense that the time commitment is closer to 25-35 hours per week. Teen PHP is the best option for students who cannot be in school or who have several problems that need to be worked on daily. Teens will make faster progress working in a PHP setting.

Adolescent PHP Outcomes

Results from studies looking at the outcomes from adolescent partial hospitalization program outcomes note that teenagers experiencing mood disorders and substance use issues decreased their symptoms of depression and mood disorder symptoms significantly through individualized treatment plans offered through PHP programs.

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How long is the adolescent partial hospitalization program?

Each adolescent partial hospitalization program varies in length. Most programs are between 3-6 weeks long. The specific program length and hours are determined by individual need. This particular study from Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation noted that a 6-week PHP “decreased symptom severity and increased relational health of participants.” These PHP programs are designed to help teens make lasting and significant changes in their lives, teaching healthy coping skills and how to build healthy relationships. Because PHP programs are a more intensive treatment modality than outpatient programs, the results are greater, and teens walk away prepared for relational success, school success, and a stronger sense of self.

At SunCloud Health, we have treatment locations in Naperville, Northbrook and Chicago, IL. We recommend connecting with our staff to discuss treatment length, full program details, and how we help your teen overcome mental health issues.

Does Teen PHP interfere with school?

A teen PHP program at SunCloud Health will not interfere with school although students will not be present at school for the duration of the treatment. Variant adolescent PHP uses non-judgmental therapy in group settings at a non-institutional space. This calm and cozy setting makes it easy for teens to open up and to engage with peers. SunCloud Health tailors each individual program to fit the needs of individual patients so teenagers will have tutoring and schooling throughout the day as well. When the program ends at SunCloud, teens will re-enter their traditional schooling program without a setback or transition to a new school (for those teens who were expelled or would like a new start).


Hear from Dr. Chevalier on the balance school and extracurricular activities with treatment. In most cases, coursework is unaffected and can be improved while a student is out of school receiving treatment.

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization (PHP) at SunCloud Health

A unique difference over our competitors is our focus on personalized intensive, integrative care. In addition to group therapy, family therapy sessions, therapeautic activites, support groups, and existing structured programming based on evidence-based treatments, we take the time to get to know your teen and to develop a custom treatment plan that will help your teen course correct. We know life is stressful, and teenage hormones and body changes are difficult already. We know without treatment, the addition of more serious emotional pain can result in substance use issues, mood disorders, self-injury, suicidal ideation, skipping school and even running away from home. It’s nearly impossible for some teens to figure out how to make it through the hour, let alone the day.

Our treatment team of board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, expert clinicians, and mental health support staff want your teen to succeed and building healthier habits and relationships is critical to a healthy future. Your teen deserves to heal their internal wounds, to regain their self-worth, to learn new coping methods, and to create healthier relationships with the people in their lives.

Give us a call today and get started on a healing journey through one of our healing PHP programs, with locations in Naperville, Northbrook, and Chicago (Lincoln Park).


Dr. Alexander Chevalier, Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SunCloud Health, gives parents helpful advice on what to look for when considering mental health treatment centers their child, including parent support groups, evidence-based therapy, and personalized treatment plans.

Meet Our Adolescent Medical Leadership Team

  • Alexander Chevalier, MD
    Alexander Chevalier, MD
    Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Kimberly Dennis, MD, CEDS
    Kimberly Dennis, MD, CEDS
    Chief Medical Officer, CEO and Co-founder | Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Johnathan Coleman, MD
    Johnathan Coleman, MD

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