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Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program

Our partial hospitalization program is used for patients in need of stabilizing care intended to avoid or reduce inpatient hospitalization. Some patients will benefit from a step-down from the hospital setting to promote a successful return to the home setting. Help for those that need more therapeutic services. Treatment is designed to meet individual needs:

Facilities that offer this program

Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services Sioux Falls

  • Group therapy
  • Education groups
  • Family sessions
  • Physician oversight

The treatment plan often begins with the patient coming to the hospital five days per week for a number of weeks then slowly reducing the visits to three, then two days per week.

We also offer an Intensive Outpatient Program for patients in need of 6-11 hours per week of group psychotherapy and outpatient education.

IOP Hospital is defined as generally 7-11 hours of structured programming per week, consisting of counseling and education groups. The duration of treatment has been developed to suit client needs.

Advantages of PHP and IOP

Inpatient hospitalization may be avoided by attending PHP or the length of stay may be shortened due to a step-down to PHP.

  • Client continues to live at home
  • Less expensive alternative to hospitalization
  • Weekly psychiatric visits
  • Multi-disciplinary treatment team approach that includes a Social Worker, Nurse and Master’s level Therapists
  • Stabilization of condition

Individualized Group Programming Includes

  • Addictions/Recovery
  • Affirmations
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Basic Fitness
  • Co-dependency/Boundaries
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intensity—Dialectical Behavioral Techniques
  • Goals/Relapse Prevention
  • Grief and Loss
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Integrating Behavioral Change
  • Medication Education
  • Music Therapy
  • Relationships
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Restructuring Dialogue
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress Management/Humor
  • Thought Distortions
  • Wellness

Referral Process

For a professional (psychiatrist, medical doctor, or therapist) outpatient referral the process is as follows:

  • The professional would contact the Partial Hospital Program at 322-4056 (Kay McKenzie) to notify staff of the referral. If you get voice mail, please leave the patient name and contact information on the answering machine.
  • One of the PHP staff will arrange for an Intake Meeting (at No Charge) with the client which will include a brief interview to explain the program and to aid in deciding if the client is a good fit for the program.
  • PHP staff will inform the PHP psychiatrist, Dr. Chester-Adam, of the client’s appropriateness for group.
  • Admission arrangements will be set up at the time of the Intake Meeting. The prospective group member could begin as early as that day or the next day, depending on the time of the Intake Appointment.

A client cannot self-refer. If a potential referral does not have a therapist or medical doctor to refer, they can make an appointment with the Assessment Team to be seen. Assessment would then arrange for a doctor’s order to begin the admission process.

PHP Staff

Heather Chester-Adam, MDHeather Chester-Adam, MD

Kay McKenzie, RNKay McKenzie, RN, MA, LPC

Teresa Woodward, RNTeresa Woodward, RN

Free Assessments

Free mental health assessments are available and include inpatient admission, coordination/pre-certification, and outpatient referral coordination.

Please call 605-322-4065 or 1-800-691-4336 to inquire about an assessment or ask any questions.