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Partial Hospitalization (PHP) for Teens in California

Partial Hospitalization For Teens

Full-Day Programs

We understand that making the decision to place your child in a treatment program is likely a complex one, filled with a range of emotions. The process of finding a program that best meets the needs of your child and your family can be overwhelming and present you with many questions. To help alleviate some of these emotions and answer questions, we’ve created this guide to partial hospitalization programs at Evolve.

What is Partial Hospitalization Like for Teens?

Program Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm
Services Included:

Minimum of 5 clinical hours/day, 5 days/week


Weekly psychiatric evaluation. Our full-time, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists are dedicated to exclusively treating Evolve clients.

Individual & Family Therapy

Two 50-minute individual therapy sessions a week. One family therapy session a week.

Group Therapy

A variety of evidence-based therapy groups each day help adolescents develop and explore interpersonal relationships and work on specific treatment goals.


Evolve creates an academic environment that caters to each teen’s abilities, enabling students to pursue their individualized education goals while in treatment.

DBT Skills Training

Two 90-minute adherent DBT Skills Training group weekly. Our group sessions adhere to the structure and teaching methods developed by DBT founder, Marsha Linehan and use a curriculum that includes key skills from each of the four DBT modules.

Experiential Therapy

Two experiential therapy groups per week help teens increase self-awareness, practice skills, and explore new ways of expressing themselves. Therapies include: Art and Music.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is an evidence-based treatment designed to treat emotional dysregulation, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, self-harm, and other mental health and/or behavioral issues. It is a structured, skills-based approach that helps people reach their goals and create a life that is experienced as worth living. DBT at Evolve includes adherent DBT Skills Training groups four times weekly.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that has been shown to be effective at treating depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. CBT’s core principle is that thoughts lead to behaviors. According to CBT, individuals carry certain beliefs about themselves, others, and the world. This leads them to think automatically in distressing situations. Many of these automatic thoughts are negative, maladaptive, or generally unhelpful. The therapist’s job is to help the client replace these cognitive distortions with more accurate and helpful thinking patterns. CBT at Evolve includes concrete tools for clients and parents.


Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Motivational Interviewing is an evidenced-based practice that combines a person-centered approach and goal-oriented skills. The goal is to understand a client’s personal goals and priorities in life and help them increase their internal motivation for change.

A PHP gives teens structured mental health treatment that bridges the gap between inpatient — staying on-site 24/7 — and outpatient — getting non-residential care.

This type of treatment can be life-changing for teens dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse problems. One of its biggest perks is its hybrid structure; teens enrolled in our PHP come back home at the end of the day. The level of care and added flexibility in this program is ideal for teens who don’t need 24/7 inpatient treatment, helping them heal and adapt while staying connected to family and friends.

We have in-person IOP locations throughout California as well as a virtual program for California based teens. 


Below are some of our PHP’s biggest draws for struggling teens:

  • Structured Treatment: A PHP gives teenagers a structured daily routine with therapeutic sessions and activities. The added structure supports the formation of healthy habits and a deeper sense of stability.
  • Clinical Support: In PHP, teens have daily access to compassionate clinical professionals, including therapists, psychiatrists, and counselors. This level of support keeps them from feeling alone on the recovery journey.
  • Integration with Daily Life: In contrast to inpatient care, PHP clients go back home at the end of the day. Maintaining a home base gives a recovering teen an opportunity to practice the skills they’ve learned from the program in real-life situations, which can gradually build confidence and independence.
  • Community and Peer Support: Group therapy and support sessions are key elements of PHP programs. From these daily meetings, teens gain valuable peer support, as well as accountability with others in recovery.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Evolve’s PHP treatment plans are personalized, which means specific care for your teen’s needs. Our treatment plans are adjustable for specific substance abuse issues, co-occurring disorders, and personal recovery goals.
Evolve Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) support adolescents 12-17 years old who need significant clinical support to maintain stability, but do not require 24/7 supervision. Teens at this level of care are able to live at home but often struggle to engage in academic/social/family opportunities due to the severity of their mental health, substance use, and behavioral issues.  
A partial hospitalization program is a great way to transition home from higher levels of care such as hospitalization or residential, as a way to reconnect with the community while continuing to receive intensive therapeutic support and full days of supervision. These programs also benefit those who require more structure and support than provided in weekly outpatient therapy or intensive outpatient treatment. 
Partial Hospitalization may be necessary in the following situations: ​
Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm, or Substance Use:​

If a teen is experiencing suicidal ideation, engaging in occasional self-harm that does not require medical attention, or struggling to maintain sobriety. Teens should be largely able to keep themselves safe without significant monitoring on nights and weekends.

Disrupted Daily Life:

If a teen is unable to maintain healthy relationships, or has significant problems when functioning in their family, peer group, and/or community and have increased difficulty maintaining daily responsibilities. If a teen is refusing to go to school or their academic performance is declining due to their mental health, substance use, or behavioral issues. 

Locations Offering PHP

Our locations afford teens every opportunity to relax and refocus on life with a combination of individual, group, and family therapies, as well as a variety of mindfulness practices and innovative experiential therapies.​

Hope Has a Home at Evolve

Contact our admissions team today to learn more or to schedule a free assessment!

Experienced, Professional Staff

Our staff is handpicked to provide the highest level of care available. On-site staff includes a Clinical Program Director, Primary Therapists, a Facility Manager, and highly trained Counselors or Recovery Coaches. Our counseling staff is made up of experienced clinicians, masters-level interns, and certified recovery coaches who bring a diverse and eclectic background to the treatment experience. All these people bring a diverse and eclectic background to the treatment experience. Everyone on our team is passionate about working with teens and the entire staff are involved with their treatment.  

Individualized Programs

Our teens receive solution-focused and evidence-based therapy. Everything we do is geared toward changing behavior and finding the right combination of treatment and support. Since no two teenagers are alike, no two treatment plans are alike. During the admissions process, we conduct a thorough assessment, establish a baseline, and create an Individual Treatment Plan for each client based on their specific needs and goals.  

Frequently Asked Questions

The PHP for teens at Evolve includes individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric assessments, medication management, and support in coping with life’s stresses.

A partial hospitalization program in California can be more cost-effective than inpatient care for one simple reason: there are no room and board expenses. To learn more about pricing, reach out to us today at 1-833-487-0856.

The duration of a PHP may vary depending on your teen’s specific needs throughout the stages of treatment. Our treatment programs range between 45 and 60 days. 

The PHP for teens at Evolve is a highly personalized experience for each young person we treat. We design treatment plans individually for our clients, focusing on the specifics of the struggle and responding with carefully chosen medication and therapeutic modalities. 

We provide consistent access to clinical professionals at Evolve, including therapists, psychiatrists, and counselors. These highly-trained pros work with your teen throughout treatment in therapy, medication management, and more.

Reach out to our treatment team today to learn more about maintaining everyday responsibilities while in recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you have about balancing school or work with treatment.

The PHP at Evolve Treatment Centers sends teens home with restored hope, confidence, and a support system committed to their full recovery. For teens dealing with co-occurring mental health conditions alongside substance abuse issues, our PHP is a perfect place to start healing. Our staff provides integrated treatment to address both addiction and mental health, getting your teen back to a place of freedom, health, and wholeness.

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