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Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Behavioral Health Care for Struggling Teens

SunCloud Health provides Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) 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. Our approach is different from the other programs in the Chicago region. We treat depression, substance use disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, school refusal, and other behavioral health conditions. Please contact us for an assessment to see if our program aligns with the needs of your child, patient, or student.

Teen PHP Treatment

Adolescence is a trying time for all teenagers, but for some teenagers it’s more difficult to make it through these years in a healthy way than others. An adolescent partial hospitalization program is geared specifically towards teenagers who need daily support and a structure plan for care.

Teen partial hospitalization can help the 7-8% of teenagers with behavioral problems in the United States (CDC). From substance use issues to diagnoses of mood disorders or generalized anxiety and OCD, a PHP program can help. Our program allows teens to maintain and improve relationships with their family while simultaneously learning healthy coping mechanisms for life.


Dr. Alexander Chevalier, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SunCloud Health, details the questions parents should be asking when looking for a treatment provider.


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.

A variant adolescent PHP 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. Adolescent partial hospitalization (PHP) works by allowing teens to come to the treatment center daily, Monday through Friday, while spending evenings and weekends at home. This dual approach provides teens with the support that they need while still providing them with a more normal social life and family life.

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What is adolescent partial hospitalization (PHP)? How does it work?

The purpose of adolescent partial hospitalization is to ensure that teenagers can receive the treatment that they need in a personalized and intensive treatment facility while still maintaining social and family connections. Variant adolescent PHP is a multi-step program that includes tutoring, building problem-solving skills for both school and home, peer support through group therapy, case management, and access to psychiatrists for medical treatment. Variant teen PHP programs at SunCloud Health focus heavily on addressing the root issue while creating supportive and challenging environments geared towards optimal health.

Typical therapy treatment time is 4-6 hours each day, M-F. The purpose is personalized intense treatment with access to home and normal life activities in a daytime program setting. Some of the common issues we help with are school suspensions and misbehaviors, teen runaways, self-injury, defiance, suicidal ideation, and substance use.

Adolescent PHP vs Outpatient Treatment

When considering a program structure for your teenager, adolescent PHP and 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.

What is treated in Partial Hospitalization programs for adolescents?

There are a variety of mental health issues that are well suited for adolescent partial hospitalization programs. When it comes to substance use issues, mood disorders, eating disorders, self-injury and suicidal ideation, defiance at school leading to multiple suspensions or expulsion, and teen runaway behavior. Any teen behavior or mental health problem can be healed and improved through ongoing PHP work. This intensive program works well for teenagers who need to make lasting and significant changes to their life to put themselves on a new, healthier path. Some of the common disorders we treat are: 


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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. At SunCloud Health, we have locations in Naperville, Northbrook and Chicago, IL. We recommend connecting with our staff to discuss treatment length and full program details.

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).

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Outcomes

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


Dr. Alexander Chevalier, Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SunCloud Health, gives parents helpful advice on what to look for when considering treatment centers their child.

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. Because PHP is a more intensive treatment modality than an outpatient program, the results are greater, and teens walk away prepared for relational success, school success, and a stronger sense of self.

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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 and existing structured programming, 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, 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.

We 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, with locations in Naperville, Northbrook, and Chicago (Lincoln Park).

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
  • Johnathan Coleman, MD
    Johnathan Coleman, MD


Mike Mehta, DO, MBA, Psychiatrist, listen to one of our child and adolescent psychiatrists share the power of treatment and why he chose psychiatry.

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