At Veritas Collaborative, we offer a full continuum of care for people with eating disorders of all types. Ranging from inpatient to outpatient, the levels of care vary according to the level of support and structure they provide. These diverse and distinct levels support our individualized approach to treatment.
In this article, we provide an overview of both our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Learn the components of PHP/IOP for adults, adolescents, and children and how day programs differ from other kinds of treatments on the care continuum.
What are PHP and IOP?
At Veritas Collaborative, PHP and IOP are designed for patients in need of professional support that is less intensive than that provided in a residential setting but more intensive than that provided in a traditional outpatient setting. It is available at all of our locations—either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment—and suitable for those who are medically stable and need structured daily programming without 24-hour monitoring. PHP/IOP can be a step down from a residential program or the very first treatment step in a person’s journey toward recovery.
PHP and IOP involve treatment six or seven days a week and comprises individual and group therapies focused on family and community-of-support involvement. Below are the differences between PHP and IOP:
- Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is an all-day treatment that is a good fit for those who need more than non-intensive outpatient services to form healthy living skills.
- Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), like PHP, is for people who need more structure than non-intensive outpatient treatment but less structure than full-day support. IOP programming runs for only a portion of the day.
Components of PHP/IOP
A multidisciplinary approach is required to treat eating disorders across all levels of care. PHP/IOP typically includes the following elements:
- Individualized and specialized support from a multidisciplinary team consisting of a medical provider, a registered dietitian, and a psychotherapist
- Weekly family/community-of-support programming informed by dialectical behavior therapy
- Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring, as appropriate
- Medical, dietetic, and psychoeducation
- Relapse prevention and mindfulness training
- Culinary training and therapeutic outings
- Interpersonal processing
- Expressive art and movement therapy (hands-on)
PHP/IOP for Children and Adolescents
From day one, Veritas has built our program around the specialized needs of children and adolescents, as well as their families. Family involvement and integrated educational support are pillars of our child and adolescent care. We want to send our patients home with the tools they need to continue their recovery journey.
PHP/IOP for children and adolescents includes age-appropriate educational support, including an onsite school. The education program is meant to keep children and adolescents on track with their academics and ensure a smooth transition back to their school. We also offer a nutrition program for individuals and their families that helps with recognizing and managing many common triggers for eating disorder behaviors.
How Does PHP/IOP Compare to Other Types of Treatment?
Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that affect every individual differently. Here at Veritas Collaborative, we know that every person we treat needs individualized care. For those whom PHP/IOP is not the appropriate level of care, we also offer the following care levels:
Inpatient care is the highest level of care offered, and it’s suitable when medical stabilization is necessary. It is provided at our hospitals and is structured and highly monitored, and it involves 24-hour treatment that includes medical care and group and individual therapy.
Residential care also takes place at our hospitals and is similar to inpatient care because it is around-the-clock treatment. A medical doctor and nursing staff are available onsite, but what differentiates residential treatment from inpatient treatment is that it is more focused on behavior and medical supervision than on medical stabilization.
Depending on the needs of the individual, outpatient treatment occurs on a weekly, biweekly, or as-needed basis. This level of care is meant for people who are medically stable and in need of professional support as they make their journey toward recovery.
A Full Continuum of Care
With PHP/IOP available for first-time adult, adolescent, and child patients as well as those transitioning out of 24-hour residential programs, Veritas Collaborative can best treat every individual, no matter what level of care they require. We hope that through this article, you have gained a better understanding of what treatment options are available to help support people on their path toward recovery. If you want to learn even more about the care we offer, you can find that information on our website.