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Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

PHP, sometimes referred to as "day treatment", is an intensive form of eating disorder treatment for children 18 and under whose symptoms cannot be managed adequately on an outpatient basis. Kartini Clinic’s PHP operates 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Patients attend eating disorder treatment during the day and return home in the afternoon and remain home (or the Ronald McDonald House) on weekends.

If you or your child’s physician are unsure whether PHP is an appropriate level of care for your child, our board-certified pediatricians will undertake a thorough assessment during your first appointment with us. If your child is deemed appropriate for a lower level of care - such as Kartini Clinic Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) - our doctors will be the first to say so.

On the other hand, PHP is often a more clinically appropriate option for patients than residential treatment, which can cost two or three times as much, and whose coverage under many insurance plans is limited or excluded entirely. After diagnosing and treating over 3000 patients since 1998, our clinical experience clearly shows that patients who undergo successful partial hospitalization treatment are far less likely to relapse or require higher levels of care such as inpatient or residential treatment at a later date.

While in Kartini Clinic’s PHP, patients receive coordinated care from a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary eating disorder treatment team. Services include meals, medical monitoring and medication management, family therapy, individual therapy (as needed), art therapy, movement group and various other activities that help our patients to gain and to maintain physical and psychological remission of their eating disorder symptoms.

Average length of stay in PHP is about six weeks (30 treatment days, five days per week) but some patients do need more time; treatment is always highly individualized. However, it should be noted that your insurance plan's authorization of treatament can shorten treatment length even if determined to be medically necessary by Kartini's physicians. After discharge from PHP, patients are sometimes stepped down to our IOP or returned to their local outpatient treatment team. While outpatient follow-up care is not required, it is strongly encouraged in order to solidify treatment gains acquired during PHP/IOP.

For more information about Kartini Clinic’s Partial Hospitalization Program please contact our intake coordinator, at 971-319-6800. You may also submit an online request below. We answer all requests promptly.

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