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Child & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program - Newark

Newark Child Partial Hospitalization Program is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for children ages 5-17. Children in this program, typically, have had histories of psychiatric hospitalization or residential treatment or are at risk for such treatment.  The PHP provides full day programming for youth ranging in age from 5 – 12 years.  Adolescent programming is offered on a hall day basis, allowing the youth to attend their regular assigned school in the a.m. with partial programming in the afternoon.  

The full day program- (8:30AM to 4:30 p.m.) includes both a clinical and education component. The clinical component provides 5 hours of psychiatric and therapeutic services. The educational component meets all state requirements for out of school instruction and is typically two hours per day. At present the full day program is offered exclusively to children in the kindergarten to seventh grade range of educational placement.

The half day program is solely for adolescents ranging in ages 13 years and up The half day program is in operation five afternoons per week (1:00 PM-4:30 PM) and offers three hours of psychiatric and therapeutic services, along with medication management as needed.

The clinical services for both the full and half day components include individual and family therapy with a primary clinician (social worker or psychologist), and group therapy by age group. Daily milieu activities are led by mental health specialists. Within the context of a behavior modification program, children have opportunities to develop social and adaptive skills, while stabilizing acute symptoms. All children are examined psychiatrically prior to admission to the program, and are followed by a medical provider regularly throughout their course in the program.

Referrals to the Newark Child Partial Hospitalization Program are made by professionals by completing the attached referral packet.  Children may also be referred to the Newark Child Partial Hospitalization Program from Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, by consulting with the child's primary therapist. Services must be authorized by the NJ Contract System Administrator for partial hospital level of care and children attending the full day program must be authorized by their sending education district to receive out of school instruction.

For further information regarding the Newark Child Partial Hospitalization Program please call 973-972-4818.