Southern Live Oak Wellness provides PHP & IOP mental health treatment programs. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is offered as a step-down from residential treatment or medical detox. New clients may admit directly to either mental health program if they are coming from another residential program or our clinical team determines it is appropriate. Your admissions assessment will help our team decide whether a PHP & IOP mental health treatment program is appropriate for you. 

Usually PHP is appropriate when:

  • Traditional outpatient care is not successful

  • When the patient may need a structured living in addition to the day treatment

  • Clients have a degree of willingness and insight to adhere to medications and participate in treatment

  • Clients have completed residential mental health treatment or a medical detox, when necessary

Usually a client’s primary counselor, psychiatrist, and peer group will stay the same as the residential level. However, clients are expected to use life skills more independently and need less observation managing their psychiatric medications. Some day treatment activities overlap with residential treatment program activities, while others are designed to help day treatment clients use and practice life skills to prepare for returning to the community. Each client has a one-on-one session with a psychiatrist and an individual session with his or her primary counselor at least once each week when participating in the mental health day treatment program.

PHP clients come to our clinical space at Dunwoody Center. Group hours are from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Therapeutic Living is also available for this level of care. The average length of stay is 4-6 weeks before stepping down to our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Outpatient Program (OP).

Most clients step down to our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), also located at our clinical space, which offers mental health treatment programming three to five days a week, for three hours each day. 

As a program promoting life skills and over all mental wellness, our IOP hours vary to meet the client’s needs. The average length of stay in IOP is an additional 1 to 2 months. In addition to their programming, clients will continue to be provided with individual counseling and seeing our psychiatrist. 

All clients must have gone through a medical detox protocol prior to their admission in PHP & IOP levels of care if applicable. If you have questions about this, please contact our admissions staff.