This transitional outpatient care program is designed for patients stepping down from a higher level of care, or as crisis intervention. Patients benefit from the same level of therapeutic activity and medication management provided through inpatient care, but return home in the evening. This allows patients to stay connected with loved ones and their community, while providing the safety and support they need to manage their illness.

The holistic program features:

  • A structured, safe therapeutic environment, Monday – Friday from 9 am to 3 pm
  • A supportive group format that reduces feelings of isolation and hopelessness
  • Extensive group therapy that focuses on crisis management, illness education, emotion regulation and communication skills
  • Recreation and expressive arts activities
  • Mindfulness skills training
  • Multidisciplinary treatment team and thorough discharge planning
  • A nutritional lunch and healthy snacks
  • A variable length of stay from 2 – 14 days depending on the patient’s needs

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The partial hospitalization program serves adults, 18 and older, who are suffering from significant emotional and/or mental distress that makes it difficult for them to manage their life in a work, school, or home setting. They cannot be an immediate danger to themselves or to others, but require a level of treatment that can’t be provided by a weekly outpatient visit.

Each patient will receive an initial evaluation to determine their appropriateness for the program. Referrals can be made by individuals seeking treatment, physicians, therapists, or other health care professionals. For an initial screening, call 303-467-4080. Appointments are typically available within 24 hours of the referral.

Fees and Insurance

We have contracts with most major insurance carriers, and we offer the option to pay privately at discounted rates. We also accept Medicare as a payment option for our inpatient services.

Every patient’s circumstances are unique and accessing insurance coverage can be complex. Patients and their families are invited to meet with one of our experienced financial counselors who can help navigate payment options. Our counselors will work on your behalf to verify insurance benefits and secure reimbursement; however, we cannot guarantee the outcome. We encourage patients and/or families to contact their insurance company prior to admission to learn about specific benefit coverage and criteria for medical necessity. For more information call 303-467-4071.


We have answered many of the most common questions about our Partial Hospitalization Program here for you. If the information you need is not here, please contact West Pines at 303-467-4066 for additional help.

I just need to see a psychiatrist and/or get my medication refilled. Am I appropriate for PHS?

No. We understand that accessing outpatient psychiatric care can be difficult. Many practitioners have limited availability and the wait times for appointments may be several weeks long. However, PHS is designed to offer a supportive and therapeutic environment that requires patients participate in all aspects of the program. Instead, we recommend you contact our medication management clinic at 303-467-4071. Clinic patients are seen by a nurse practitioner who will evaluate, prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications. Patients may be seen for up to two months while they secure a psychiatrist in their community.

Does PHS offer dual diagnosis treatment?

Most PHS patients are primarily dealing with mental health concerns, however, we will consider patients with a co-occurring substance abuse disorder on a case-by-case basis. Our residential program in The Recovery Center specializes in treating patients with a dual diagnosis and may be a more appropriate placement for some patients.

What treatment model is used in PHS?

We promote healing and personal growth by practicing dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques such as mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. Additionally, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Expressive Arts Therapy and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy are used.

What does a day in PHS look like?

While the schedule may vary depending on the group’s needs, a typical day will follow a schedule similar to this:
9:00 – 10:15 am: Check in and warm up
10:30 – 11:45 am: Crisis Management group or Skills Building
11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 pm: Experiential therapy and activities
1:35 – 2:30 pm: Nutrition, Spirituality or Symptom Management group
2:30 – 3:00 pm: Wrap up group
3:00 – 3:30 pm: Case management meeting available for individuals or families

How often will I see a psychiatrist in PHS?

Generally, patients will see a psychiatrist every day for a medication consult and management. Individual treatment plans may call for more or less psychiatric consultation depending on each patient’s individual needs.

What about friends and family support?  call 303-689-4595 to enroll in our dbt friends and family claSS

We believe in collaborative, patient-centered treatment so we welcome participation from family and friends as the patient allows. Therapists and case managers are also available for family meetings upon request. We recognize mental health affects more than just the patient and we are here to support everyone involved.  For more support, please call Answerline to enroll in our DBT Friends and Family class which meets every Tuesday Night from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM in the group room of the Administration Building. Only $100 for any number of family members and friends.

This 5-session course is for those who are close to someone with mental health issues that is learning or practicing DBT skills. Each class provides friends, family members or partners of these individuals with the skills to better cope and support their loved one. There is also a support group format so we can directly address your situation.

Participants will learn:

• Effective communication skills

• Improved family dynamics

• New problem solving techniques

• How to offer effective and empathetic support

• A deeper understanding of mental health diagnoses