What is Day Treatment?
Day Treatment is just what it sounds like!
It’s a treatment program that occurs during the daytime, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day Treatment is also commonly referred to as a “Partial Hospitalization Program.”
It’s less intensive and less expensive than hospitalization, residential or inpatient treatment. Day Treatment provides more structure and support than our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) or Outpatient Treatment.
What is the average length of Day Treatment?
As each client is unique, the length of treatment in our day treatment program varies anywhere from two weeks to twelve weeks, or more. Our goal to have you successfully complete the program in the minimal time possible, without subjecting you to being prone to relapse by stepping down to a lower level of outpatient care before you are ready.
Will I have to miss work?
Because our programs run from early morning to late afternoon and can be emotionally demanding, it is unlikely you would be able to complete the program without taking time off work. If you don’t want to tap into vacation time or don’t have it, it’s important to remember that through the Family and Medical Leave Act, you may be able to take unpaid time off of work for medical treatment. You do not have to disclose the nature of the health concerns as that is your private information.
Would I have to stay overnight?
No! The beauty of our day treatment or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is that you can receive incredible support during the daytime, but are able to stay in the comfort of your own home or accommodations of your choice during nighttime.
What is the cost? Do you take insurance?
We are an in-network provider with most major insurance companies. We also accept all other insurances that have out-of-network benefits. Our intake department would be happy to verify your insurance benefits prior to your treatment and let you know your out-of-pocket costs before your treatment. To reach our intake staff please call (240) 722-1014.
How many other patients will be there? Will they be similar to me?
We typically have about 8-12 patients over age 16 participating in our day treatment or PHP at any given time. Our clients each have their own unique situations, but most are dealing with an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercise, and other related conditions. They also are commonly struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or self-esteem challenges. We treat all genders with respect, dignity, and cultural awareness of their needs.
What is the food like? What if I don’t feel comfortable eating with other people?
We have on-site meals prepared by Johnson and Wales-trained chefs in our beautifully designed kitchens. Yes, it is common for people dealing with eating disorders to experience anxiety and difficulty eating in front of others. Learning how to cope with that anxiety in the safety of the program with support from staff and peers vital to beating an eating disorder. This is why eating two snacks and lunch together is required as part of the program, and we are there to support you every step of the way! We have a large focus on nutrition recovery.
What is a typical day like?
You will likely participate in individual and group therapy and nutrition counseling. Meeting with our medical doctors and psychiatrists (who may prescribe medications for any issues such as depression or anxiety) occur once per week.
What is the criteria for me to participate in Day Treatment?
Regarding eating disorder issues, you would be a great candidate for day treatment if you need more support and structure to gain/stabilize your weight, meet your nutritional needs, or refrain from behaviors such as compulsive exercise, bingeing or purging.
If you are also dealing with mental health issues, you are a good candidate for day treatment if your symptoms are interfering with school, work or other aspects of life. If you have mild suicidal thoughts without a plan or intent, you are a good fit for this program.
As far as your medical status, day treatment requires that you be medically stable to the point where you do not require daily medical monitoring. Your weight as a percentage of your pre-eating disorder weight must be greater than 80%.
Who do I contact for more information? How do I get started?
Please contact us to schedule an initial evaluation to determine if Day Treatment or another level of care is best for you. Please give us a call at (240) 722-1014 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.