The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for youth provides multi-specialty treatment through group, individual, and family therapy sessions. These intensive treatment options focus on thorough assessment and symptom stabilization while working on healthy living skills. Treatment is guided by a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who meets with all patients individually.
Services are provided by our professional team here at PrairieCare and include:
- Social Workers
- Registered Nurses
- Activity Therapists
Treatment is provided through the following ways:
- Psychiatric Medication Management
- Group and Individual Therapy
- Collaborative Problem Solving
- Art Therapy
- Skills Building
- Symptom Management
- Activity and Recreational Therapy
- Academic schooling provided by licensed teachers
Spirituality Group is facilitated by Pastoral Care staff and integrates concepts of spirituality within psychoeducation. This group does not focus on any particular religion or customs, but broadens the topic to invite a variety of views and safe discussions among group members.
Check-in is done every morning for patients in PHP. This is an opportunity to connect with staff and “check in” about the day prior and their morning. Patients can bring up anything of concern, or an accomplishment related to their treatment. We also take this time to monitor basic vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature.
Medication Management is provided by a licensed prescriber, which may be a Psychiatrist or Clinical Nurse Specialist. These staff members are highly trained and integrate the management of specialized medication to alleviate symptoms and complement the other treatment modalities.
Process Group is offered daily and is run by program therapists. The group process is utilized to help alleviate interpersonal and social dysfunction, to develop communication and relationship skills, to develop identity with allegiance to a group of peers, to increase understanding of illness and coping options, and to foster pro-treatment attitudes and behaviors.
Recreational Therapy groups are run by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). RT groups use a variety of activities to educate patients on leisure, life skills, social skills, coping skills, anger management, stress management, conflict resolution/problem-solving, teamwork, and other topics. RT groups may consist of: art projects, music, games, physical activity, skits, worksheets, discussions, or other creative modalities.
Art therapy is a unique combination of psychological understanding and visual arts to help clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. The child is given a safe supportive, and structured environment that allows the child to process through their issues and struggles using the art-making process. The art supplies that are available, choose, and utilized by the child help facilitate the therapy process. The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child, provides the ability for the child to address and resolve their issues. Through art therapy, the child will resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Psychoeducation is typically facilitated by Licensed Social Workers. This group makes use of various treatment modalities to introduce, discuss and practice the use of coping skills. Some topics include “Reframing”, “Frustration Tolerance”, “Assertive Communication”. This group is experiential, discussion based, or lecture style –depending on the topic at hand for the day.
Nursing Group is offered twice a week and run by an RN. Topics are based on healthy living, including nutrition, sleep, hygiene, stress management and more. This group is experiential, discussion based, or lecture style –depending on the topic at hand for the day.
Social Skills is offered twice a week and led by Psychiatric Technicians. This group allows patients to practice coping skills learned through programming in real life social situations. Patients play games, complete art projects, all while having staff available to coach them through social situations that may cause emotional distress.
Adolescent Mental Illness + Substance Use
Mental illness symptoms increase these stressors and can lead to dangerous self-medication and substance abuse. Our team is proud to offer a specialty track focused on the overlapping challenges of mental illness and adolescent substance use.
Adolescent Neurodevelopment Track
This specialty program for youth with neurodevelopmental challenges focuses on emotional and behavioral regulation, social skills development, and promoting self-confidence and age-appropriate independence. We also consider each child’s developmental, cognitive, medical, emotional and family needs while thoroughly assessing and treating underlying psychiatric disorders.
How does PrairieCare collaborate with schools?
PrairieCare values our patient’s academic work, and recognizes the significance of school in the lives of youth. We are proud to host a classroom at each site, which is staffed by the local school district. Classroom staff contact the patient’s school of residence upon intake to begin exchanging schoolwork and clinical information, when approved through a release of information. Please see MN Rule 3525.2325 for more information about education programs in centers for care and treatment.
Educational services at PrairieCare are provided by specially trained staff from District 287 (Brooklyn Park, Edina and Maple Grove), Eastern Carver County Schools (Chaska) ISD 622 (Maplewood), Rochester Public Schools (Rochester) and ISD 77 (Mankato Public Schools). While receiving care at PrairieCare, students benefit from customized and engaging curriculum that focus on academic needs while incorporating social and emotional learning. School district staff will manage any changes to educational programming necessary for ongoing success while at PrairieCare. The model includes 2-hours of schooling every day focusing on age appropriate curriculum using engaging multi-dimensional lessons. Licensed teachers use the newest technology such as ipads and smartboards to deliver vibrant and interesting lessons for all ages
Upon admission, patients are temporarily enrolled in District 287 (Brooklyn Park, Edina and Maple Grove), Eastern Carver County Schools (Chaska) ISD 622 (Maplewood) Rochester Public Schools (Rochester) and ISD 77 (Mankato Public Schools). While curriculum and instruction are provided by licensed teachers through the school district, PrairieCare manages the clinical treatment plan. While in PHP each patient’s health information remains protected through HIPAA and educational information is protected through FERPA. Releases of Information (ROI) are requested upon admission so pertinent information can be shared among parties. However, information can only be shared when explicitly authorized by the parent/guardian.
It is commonly expected that patients will require continued and ongoing support after discharge from PHP. The goal of PHP is to help patients acquire the stability necessary for further growth and healing.
No-cost mental health screenings via phone are offered to anybody seeking psychiatric services at Prairiecare.
Whether you are a parent, teacher, counselor, physician, family, or friend – and not sure where to turn – you can call us at 952-826-8475 to help determine the best services for each individual’s needs or reach us through email by filling out this form.