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​Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program

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.

The Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program provides short-term, crisis stabilization, community-based services to high-risk adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems. The problems may include depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, poor impulse control, psychosis, unsafe coping skills, or substance abuse combined with family, social, and school problems.


The mission of the Adolescent Acute Partial Hospitalization Program, as part of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, is to provide outstanding patient care and to shape tomorrow's health system through clinical innovation, biomedical and health services research, and education.

AAPHP service mission is to provide a multidisciplinary treatment program that offers a comprehensive range of treatment services that are individualized, therapeutically effective, and cost efficient.

Admissions consideration:

  • Adolescent is experiencing an acute mental illness or chronic mental illness with an increasing level of acuity of symptoms
  • Active lethality (experiencing suicidal and/or homicidal ideation with a specific plan or attempt)
  • Active psychosis
  • A significant stressor has resulted in a significant decrease in daily functioning
  • In need of a significant medication change that could potentially lead to a deterioration of functioning
  • Hospital diversion
  • Step-down from inpatient

Average length of stay is 3 to 5 weeks.

Referral and Intake Procedures

Referrals will be considered from any interested agency or party including, but not limited to, inpatient units, outpatient programs, schools, county mental health clinics, private mental health practitioners, and health professionals.

For initial contact, please call the Intake Department at 412-235-5496 or 412-235-5497.

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

1011 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(South Side)

Please note: Transportation is not provided by the program.

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