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Bipolar Track

What is Partial Hospitalization?

The Partial Hospitalization program (PHP) offers an alternative to inpatient hospitalization for a wide range of disorders including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Post-traumatic stress. The comprehensive program provides intensive, five-days-a-week, full-day treatment for patients who do not require 24-hour nursing care. Specialized treatment tracks are designed to deliver care based on individual needs.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder is a disorder that is treatable. It is a biological condition that causes extreme changes in mood and levels of energy. Thinking patterns as well as behavior are also significantly affected. An estimated 2.3 million Americans have Bipolar Disorder with both men and women being affected. Approximately 40 % of people are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for up to 10 years. If ignored, Bipolar can have serious consequences such as substance abuse, employment challenges, a negative impact on family relationships and can even be life threatening. With proper treatment, Bipolar manageable and individuals can live fulfilling and satisfying lives.

Who will benefit from the Bipolar Track?

The PHP is designed for people who do not require 24-hour care yet need an intense therapy program as a complement to individual treatment. The Bipolar Track benefits those who are in transition between inpatient and outpatient treatment, those in crisis, and those gaining further stabilization emotionally and with medication. Education and behavior modification are emphasized in this track to help create positive change.

How does the Bipolar Track work within the Partial Hospitalization Program?

Patients receive treatment from a core staff that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, registered nurses, a recreational therapist, and a driver. Patients admitted to the PHP will be eligible to attend the structured 3-week Bipolar Track that combines an educational, psychiatric and therapeutic approach to treatment. The Track consists of two daily groups that patients attend while the other partial groups occur simultaneously. Following the completion of the two groups each day, the patients return to the main PHP group.

What are the topics to be covered in the Bipolar Track?

  • The Basics of Bipolar Disorder
  • Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
  • Family Education (family members attend)
  • Risk Factors for relapse
  • Nutrition
  • Life Planning
  • Grief Issues
  • Stress Reduction in Relationships
  • Stress Reduction in Work Situations

How will patients benefit from our partial hospitalization program?

  • The patients have the opportunity to develop new skills to more effectively manage their Bipolar Disorder and to be active in decreasing risk factors that lead to relapse.
  • The Medical Director runs a weekly session which allows for direct contact with and monitoring of the patients.
  • The patients will have the opportunity to build a community of support.
  • Patient knowledge about the disorder will increase and create the opportunity for greater understanding of emotions and behavior.
  • Family attendance will create an opportunity for enhanced family support.
  • Patients can prepare for return to a higher level of functioning at work in their social lives.

Opportunity for Family Involvement

Families are encouraged to get involved in the treatment program. Their participation can be vital to the patient’s progress. Weekly family attendance to a therapeutic group is available and encouraged. Through participation, family members can learn about Bipolar Disorder, how it affects the entire family and how they can help.

How are the Partial Hospitalization Program and Bipolar Track paid for?

Most of the hospital and family treatment services provided through the program are covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. St. Joseph Hospital’s guest account representative will assist you with obtaining information about your insurance coverage.

What are the Program and Bipolar Track hours?

Therapeutic program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Fridays. While in the 3-week Bipolar Track, patients attend five days per week. After completing the Bipolar Track, the treating psychiatrists will prescribe the plan for attendance. Transportation is available for patients who need it within certain areas.

St. Joseph Hospital is here to make a difference. Since 1987, our partial hospitalization program has been helping adults and their families regain a more satisfying lifestyle. If a family member or someone you know could benefit from the program, please contact their physician or call the Partial Hospitalization program at (714) 771-8085.