University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program -Pittsburgh PA

The Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program (AAPHP) provides an intensity of treatment similar to that available on an inpatient unit, in a less restrictive, community-based setting. This short-term, intensive level of care allows adolescents to benefit from consistent, structured treatment while maintaining their usual living arrangements with their families in their communities. Acute partial hospitalization programs can provide a “step down” level of treatment for adolescents discharged from inpatient programs, or a “step up” level when outpatient treatment is not effectively meeting an adolescent’s needs.

We serve adolescents ages 13 to 18 (12 on a case-by-case basis) who are struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, poor impulse control, psychosis, unsafe coping skills, combined with family, social, and school difficulties. We provide family, individual, and group therapy as well as medication management and school transition support.

The AAPHP also offers school support to adolescents and their families. AAPHP employs certified educators with a wealth of experience in school avoidance, special education, IEPs, and school transition. These educators serve adolescents by providing academic support as well as facilitating face-to-face and virtual school meetings. These meetings are designed in collaboration with the treatment team and the adolescent to develop a plan for the adolescent to transition back to school with success.