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Mental Health Day Treatment Programs for Adults and Adolescents

Day treatment for mental health, sometimes called partial hospitalization program or PHP, is often the best next step after completing a residential mental health treatment program. Most Skyland Trail clients, both adults and adolescents, who admit to our residential treatment program step down to our day treatment program as their skills and symptoms improve.

Adult clients may admit directly to the day treatment program if clinically appropriate. Adult clients enrolled in day treatment may also participate in our transitional housing program if approved by their treatment team.

Adolescent clients may not admit directly to the day treatment level of care.

COVID-19 Program Update

Day Treatment and IOP

Effective June 7, 2021, Skyland Trail adult day treatment and intensive outpatient (IOP) will be offered face-to-face on campus. No virtual programming will be available.

Effective June 7, 2021, all clients admitting to the adult day treatment program must by fully vaccinated prior to the day of admission.

Prior to admission, Skyland Trail can administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to prospective clients who are beginning the admission inquiry process if they have not yet received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

On the day of the scheduled admission appointment, fully vaccinated patients must receive an onsite COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic and complete a screening.

Day treatment and IOP clients will participate in a daily screening and must wear masks at all times while on campus.

See our Covid-19 Information page for details.

What is a day treatment program?

Mental health day treatment programs provide a more intensive therapeutic experience than meeting with an outpatient therapist once a week.

All clients receive a comprehensive psychiatric and psychological assessment. Results of the assessment help clarify each client's diagnoses, challenges, and strengths. Clients receive care from a multidisciplinary team, including a dedicated therapist and staff psychiatrist. Clients receive support to address a range of barriers to health and happiness.

By engaging in the day treatment program, clients take time away from their day-to-day responsibilities to focus on their own healing and growth.

Adults Ages 18+

Adults ages 18 and older who admit to the day treatment program typically stay in the day treatment level of care for about 6 to 8 weeks before stepping down to our intensive outpatient program (IOP), which offers a slightly shorter day. Our adult day treatment program is in-network with most plans offered by Aetna, Beacon Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Magellan, and Optum.

Adolescents 14 – 17

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Adolescents ages 14 to 17 may not admit directly to day treatment. Adolescent clients who admit to the residential treatment program typically stay at the residential level of care for 8-12 weeks before stepping down to day treatment/IOP. Contact admissions for more information about adolescent continuing care through day treatment.


Contact our admissions team to learn how Skyland Trail can help you or your loved one.