Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) For Teens

Less immersive than inpatient hospitalization, more immersive than intensive outpatient programs.

Our teen PHP is designed to meet the unique needs of teens 11-17 with acute mental health issues that prevent them from meeting basic daily expectations and responsibilities at school, with family, with friends, at work, and in the community. We help teens and families address disruptive behaviors, improve relationship dynamics, develop healthy communication skills, and achieve the stability required to rediscover harmony and balance in the home.

Healthy Healing Atmosphere + Innovative Therapeutic Techniques = Lasting Positive Change

When the acute symptoms of a mental health disorder keep a teenager from engaging in the essential activities of everyday life, they need structure and support beyond typical outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment. They need the time, space, and support to address their symptoms and move toward stabilization. A full day of treatment in our PHP program allows them to do exactly that. Under the guidance of our clinicians, our teens envision what treatment success looks like to them. We help teens define what they want and where they want to go. When a teenager has ownership over the therapeutic process and can set their own goals, they’re more likely to achieve them. Our PHP program also offers dual-diagnosis treatment for teens with a primary mental health disorder and a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD). When a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder combine to disrupt typical adolescent development, teens need help growing and maturing in a manner that’s honest, authentic, and productive. We help them navigate the challenges of a primary mental health disorder and/or a secondary co-occurring substance use disorder in an environment that balances serious therapy with joy, happiness, and hope for the future.

Skilled Team of Compassionate Clinicians

Our clinical team supports teens with the latest evidence-based therapeutic techniques, individually customized to meet the needs of our teens. We offer treatment for a wide range of mental health issues, including but not limited to:
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Suicidal Behavior
  • Self-harm/Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thought Disorders
  • Psychotic Spectrum Disorders
  • Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Asperger Syndrome/ Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parenting/ Family Issues
  • Social Skills Issues
  • School Refusal
  • Attachment Disorder
Therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited to:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Group therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Groups
  • Community Support (SMART meetings)
  • Educational workshops/skills workshops
  • Family therapy
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Processed based therapy
  • Medication Management
During treatment, we collaborate with teens and their families to learn what works best for them, based on their personality, progress, and preferences. Each plan is tailored to meet the needs of each teen, and each plan is likely to change over time, because each teen has different needs, and each teen grows and changes in different ways while they’re at BACA. Black man, counseling and psychology consulting for therapy, mental healthcare or support. Happy patient talking to psychologist, therapist and medical help in consultation, advice and wellness check

BACA Teen IOP Locations

San Jose and Berkeley

Days and Times  
  • Monday – Friday
  • PHP treatment hours: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 10:00 am drop-off available
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: three hours of voluntary supervised academic time at BACA before PHP starts at 1:00pm
Length of Program
  • Varies on a case-by-case basis. 3-6 weeks before step-down is typical, depending on individual needs and acuity.
  • 10 patients per track
  • 5:2 patient/staff ratio

The BACA Difference: Structured Step-Down Ensures Continuity of Care

We offer an organized, gradual stepdown service that’s unlike most teen PHPs. This carefully deigned process helps teens transition from immersive therapy through appropriate levels of care and back to the routine of daily life. We understand the importance of consistent and uninterrupted support and care in creating sustained healing and growth. Our stepdown services ensure our patients don’t fall through the cracks when moving from one level of care to another. To bridge the gap, we focus on stability and wellbeing as our teens transition from PHP to our less immersive levels of care. PHP is our most immersive program, and IOP is one step down from PHP. When stepping down through levels of care a BACA, a teen may move from PHP to IOP before moving to our less immersive – but equally therapeutic – transitional care services. Transitional care services typically include individual sessions with our team of BACA psychiatrists and/or therapists who serve BACA alumni exclusively. As our teens step down, we monitor their progress and quickly intervene if problems arise. We treat them at this level of care until we’re confident in their ability to transition to outside community providers. The length of care in Transitional Outpatient services is based on individual needs, but typically lasts 60-120 days.



Find Out How BACA’s Partial Hospitalization Programs in San Jose & Berkeley Can Help You.