HBHS Day Therapy Serves Community Youth

Highlands Behavioral Health System’s (HBHS) recently-launched day therapy program for adolescents served twice as many clients this past summer as the pilot program in 2014, according to Paul Sexton, Chief Executive Officer, HBHS.

“We recognized that day therapy for youth is much needed in the Metro South area of Denver,” Sexton said. “We decided in March to launch a permanent day therapy program for adolescents this summer, and we are pleased by the community’s support for this valuable mental health program.”

HBHS piloted day therapy for adolescents last summer to test demand. The program ran from late May through early September, 2014. Once he continued the program permanently, Sexton decided to renovate first-floor space in the hospital for the program.

“We were sufficiently successful last summer to commit to a permanent program, but I wanted discreet space apart from the inpatient units,” Sexton said. “The therapeutic programming and safety needs of day therapy clients differ significantly from our inpatient population. And, I wanted space to grow and to serve more clients.”

Day therapy takes several forms in behavioral health, Sexton said. Partial Hospitalization, or PHP, is a therapeutic step-down program for inpatients who can benefit from more-intensive therapeutic programming than that offered by traditional outpatient therapy programs. HBHS offers separate PHP programs for both adults and adolescents ages 12 to 17, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Most local insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover PHP programming.

HBHS brands its adolescent day therapy program as C.A.M.P., or Child & Adolescent Mental health Program. The adult program is known as R.E.A.C.H.

HBHS is exploring Intensive Outpatient, or IOP, as its next day therapy program option, according to Kent Hugill, Director of Business Development, HBHS. IOP programs serve those clients who may benefit from therapeutic programming three days per week for three hours each day.

“Intensive Outpatient is a terrific option for those clients who do not require the intensity of our PHP program, but who need more than once-per-week outpatient therapy,” Hugill said. “An IOP program would allow us to serve even more of the local community needing access to mental health programs.”

Highlands Behavior Health System is an 86-bed behavioral health hospital offering inpatient and day therapy mental health services for adults and adolescents. HBHS is accredited by the Joint Commission.