Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program offers intensive care without an overnight stay

When your adolescent’s daily functioning is impaired by mental illness, and full hospitalization is not the appropriate level of psychiatric care, Cincinnati Children’s at Lindner Center of HOPE’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) may be a solution. PHP is a treatment option for adolescents age 12-17 and is beneficial for parents and families seeking a therapeutic environment for their children struggling with mental health problems. The program operates Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and enrollees attend 5 days per week. Doctors, nurses and therapists will work closely with families to design the right treatment plan for each patient.

PHP is helpful for many situations. For example; it can help teens who are being discharged from the hospital, providing therapeutic treatment while they transition back into their home and school environment. It is also beneficial for teens that need more intensive care than traditional outpatient visits can provide.

To read more about Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s mental health programs, click here.


The Partial Hospitalization Program includes:

  • Group therapy
  • Family Treatment Meeting(s)
  • Pharmacotherapy and medication management
  • Attention from a multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Educational assistance (tutoring and study skills training by a licensed teacher )

When should you consider partial hospitalization for your adolescent?

  • If your adolescent is transitioning from an acute psychiatric inpatient stay.
  • If your adolescent’s outpatient appointments are not intensive, in-depth or frequent enough to keep them effectively functioning.
  • If your adolescent is not functioning socially, educationally or both.
  • If the underlying causes of your adolescent’s illness have not yet been revealed.
  • If your adolescent needs more intensive medication management.

For admissions to Adolescent Partial Hospitalization, call 513-636-4124.

Is Cincinnati Children’s at Lindner Center of HOPE PHP right for my adolescent?

The partial hospitalization program (PHP)serves patients age 12 to 17 with diagnoses including, but not limited to:

  • Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Thought disorders not requiring hospitalization, such as paranoia and hallucinations

Individuals who will benefit from this program typically are experiencing emotional and behavioral issues significant enough to affect daily functioning or quality of life.


For admissions to Adolescent Partial Hospitalization, call 513-636-4124.

Partial Hospitalization Program Facts

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Partial Program at Lindner Center of HOPE serves patients age 12 to 17
  • Adolescent Partial Hospitalization (PHP) operates Monday through Friday: 9:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • PHP Enrollees check in every morning between 8:30 – 9 a.m. and check out between 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • A guardian must be present for check in and checkout (badges will be issued to enrollee and guardian and must be turned in when leaving the facility).
  • This is a full-day program where the adolescent attends five days per week. The treatment team will work with patients and families to design the right program for each situation.
  • Average duration of the program is 7 to 10 days. The treatment team will make a recommendation regarding length of attendance based on the individual needs of each patient.
  • Diagnosis of patients must fall within the diagnoses classified in the current edition of the DSM5, including but not limited to: affective disorders (depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, thought disorders not requiring hospitalization, such as paranoia and hallucinations
  • The program includes:
    • Group therapy
    • Family treatment meeting(s)
    • Pharmacotherapy and medication management
    • A psychiatrist will see the patient individually
    • Lunch and afternoon snack are provided

For admissions to Adolescent Partial Hospitalization, call 513-636-4124.

A Distinguished Approach

Regarding financial obligations for services provided by Cincinnati Children’s at Lindner Center of HOPE, most major insurance programs cover treatment services offered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We are an Ohio Medicaid provider, with limited availability for non-Ohio Medicaid.

Financial service representatives at Cincinnati Children’s are available to answer questions and assist families in obtaining insurance authorization or applying for financial aid programs.

For questions in regards to financial services, please call: 513-636-4427 and press option 9.


For admissions to Adolescent Partial Hospitalization, call 513-636-4124.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my teenager drive himself to the PHP program?

No. All enrollees in the partial hospitalization program must be checked in and checked out by a guardian.


Will my insurance cover PHP for my teen?

Many insurance plans cover partial hospitalization.


What is the referral/admission process?

Parents can call 513-636-4124 to discuss the Adolescent PHP program and obtain admission information.


Do you accept Medicaid?

Though Lindner Center of HOPE cannot accept Medicaid for PHP, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an Ohio Medicaid provider with limited availability for non-Ohio Medicaid. Click here, to learn more about financial obligations.


What provisions are made for lunch? Will my child need money during the day?

Lunch and an afternoon snack are included with the program. Enrollees will be served lunch in the Lindner Center of HOPE dining room under the supervision of the PHP staff. No money is needed while in the program.


What do I do about my child’s medications?

Medications are to be administered as prescribed prior to arrival each day. Medications that cannot be administered prior to arriving at the program will be transferred from the parent/guardian to the Registered Nurse (RN). Medications must be in the original container, and will be verified by administration. Utilization of emergent medication for crisis intervention may involve a transfer to a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center inpatient acute unit. Other PRN medication for medical crisis (glucagon, epi-pen, etc.) as well as over the counter (OTC) medication would require medication consent from the parent/guardian.


Can I drop off my teen earlier or pick her up later than the published times?

PHP enrollees need to be dropped off and picked up during designated times 8:30 am – 9 am and 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Cincinnati Children’s at Lindner Center of HOPE does not provide transportation services. In an emergency situation, parents/guardians should call 513 536-HOPE (4673) as soon as possible.


How many PHP enrollees can be in the program at once?

The program can accommodate up to 14 enrollees at one time. Average Adolescent PHP participation is 7 to 10 days.

If the program is full, can I get on a waitlist?

We are not able to keep a wait list. We will provide a screening assessment and make recommendations for services.


For admissions to Adolescent Partial Hospitalization, call 513-636-4124.