Partial Hospitalization Program at the Wayside Day Center
An alternative to psychiatric hospitalization
For many adolescents experiencing acute mental health symptoms, a day program can be more effective than psychiatric hospitalization. At the Wayside Day Center, youth can live at home while receiving intensive clinical services during the day. It’s also a great option for youth who are completing a hospital stay but aren’t quite ready to go back to school. The program is small – approximately 20 youth at any given time – and the average length of stay is about two weeks.
Overview of our Partial Hospitalization Program
Wayside’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is appropriate for youth with acute mental health symptoms. This level of care includes oversight from a psychiatrist and is often the next step after psychiatric hospitalization, particularly for youth who are living at home and continue to have acute or emergency care needs. The PHP allows youth to remain at home and receive intensive clinical services during the day.
The program takes place Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on our Campus in Framingham. PHP services are currently available in-person which we believe to be the most effective treatment method. However, we are continuing to offer a virtual option based on individual cases and insurance coverage for telehealth services.
PHP includes therapeutic groups that teach youth to identify, understand and manage emotions, with a specific focus on learning and utilizing coping skills. Other services include twice weekly individual therapy and family therapy as needed, medication management and psychotherapy.
We are currently taking referrals from mental health professionals and providers.
If you would like to make a referral, please contact Jackie Connolly, admissions director, at 774-279-7008. For more information, please contact Sarah Schofield, Program Director, at 774-279-4598.
“I am so happy to have had you in my life and know that there are people like you out there. You have no idea what a relief that is as a parent. You have changed our family. Life at home is different now. I am so thankful.”
– Testimonial from a Day Center Parent