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Partial Hospitalization Program

Our partial hospitalization program is an intensive, five-day a week treatment program serving children (ages 4 through 14) that require more intense treatment for psychiatric problems but can be safely maintained at home. Our program serves patients whose diagnosis may include depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD or behavior disorders.

The Lurie Children's Difference

Our program provides a nurturing, healing environment in which experienced professionals find and focus on the positive within your child. Our approach to eliminating negative behaviors is to increase positive behaviors. In addition, daily group therapy and social skills training cultivate your child’s ability to form rewarding relationships with others.

We believe active family participation is the key to treatment success. That’s why families participate in planning treatment goals. Families also receive support through family therapy, parent support groups and parent training classes. Staff members will communicate daily with your family and provide support for problems that arise. The goal is achieve your child’s highest possible functioning through continuation of the same therapeutic conditions at home.

What to Expect

Each child’s treatment program is individualized, based on specific behavioral goals identified and agreed upon by the family, child and staff. The primary treatment goal is to improve your child’s total functioning, including their ability to:

  • Relate constructively to others
  • Manage emotional states
  • Control impulses and behavior
  • Engage in cooperative, harmonious relationships with family, peers, and others
  • Succeed in school

Treatment combines a broad range of services including:

  • Expert, multidisciplinary evaluation
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Recreational and behavioral therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Academic classroom instruction
  • Collaboration with community school for successful re-entry
  • Medication evaluation and management, as needed

Our Specialists

The multidisciplinary team includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, social workers, registered nurses, recreational therapist, milieu therapists and a specialized teacher. Team members meet regularly to discuss each child’s progress and refine treatment goals.


If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS.DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information.

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Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500