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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.

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.

Our Mission

Our mission can be defined by the acronym ACCEPT. This acronym was developed in a collaborative effort between our staff and adolescent community members. ACCEPT reflects our guiding principles especially those of inclusion, love, kindness, and dedication to providing the highest quality and effective care. Our programs use the Evidence-Based Treatments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Admission Considerations

  • 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

Exclusion Criteria, analyzed on a case by case basis:

  • Primary diagnosis of substance abuse or conduct disorder
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Intellectual disability

Referral Information

AAPHP and AIOP​ are referral-based programs. 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. Patients and families cannot self-refer.

If you are a provider and would like to make a referral, please complete the below referral and release of information form and email or fax this document to the identified contact at the top of the form. If you have questions about the referral form, please contact one of our locations.

Our Experts

William Davies, EdD
Program Director

South Side Location
Rameshwari Tumuluru, MD​
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Medical Director

Krissy Schultz, LCSW
Program Manager

Children’s Pine Center Location
Alexis Fertig, MD​
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Attending Psychiatrist

Rebekah Ventura, LPC
Program Manager


Contact Us

South Side Location
Franklin Building
1011 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Pine Location
11279 Perry Highway
Suite 500
Wexford, PA 15090

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

Please note: Transportation is not provided by the program.


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