Please note: This program requires a referral from a provider.


What is the Adult Partial Hospital Program?

The Adult Partial Hospital Program at Rhode Island Hospital provides intensive, short-term treatment designed for individuals with acute psychiatric concerns. After completing a day of treatment, individuals return home for the evening. This minimizes disruption to their daily routines, maintains uninterrupted support of family and friends, and facilitates learning by encouraging immediate practice of newly acquired skills.

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We believe that patients should have ample opportunity to speak with a specialist; therefore, patients are seen for individual sessions every day. We offer telephone consultation and send a detailed report to primary care physicians and outpatient behavioral health providers to help them provide their patients with the most informed and complete care and facilitate the transition to outpatient care after leaving the program.

We provide evidence-based treatment using integrated care. Our clinical research team is nationally recognized for treatment-relevant and diagnostic science. We actively research the application of, and processes involved in, acceptance and mindfulness-based treatments. We also share our findings on an ongoing basis in national and international settings, including in scientific journals and at conferences.

What services do you offer?

Our team of psychiatrists and psychologists provides a broad range of treatments including:

• Medication management
• Individual psychotherapy
• Didactic group interventions
• Interactive interpersonal group psychotherapies
• Family and couples sessions

It is our priority to tailor treatment to meet each patient’s unique needs.

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We draw flexibly from a range of specialized treatments which complement the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model. Our staff is comprised of nationally recognized clinicians and researchers with expertise in treating adults with a broad range of concerns:

Mood Disorders
• Depressive disorders
• Bipolar disorders (manic-depression)

Personality disorders

Eating Disorders

Anxiety Disorders
• Panic disorder (with agoraphobia)
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
• Social phobia

Other Concerns
• Impulse control disorders
• Adjustment disorders
• Psychotic disorders
• Issues related to trauma, including domestic abuse, incest, sexual abuse and rape
• Family and marital issues
• Issues related to gender identity
• Job pressures and stress management

What specialized tracks do you offer?

The Adult Partial Program offers three specialized tracks: the Borderline Emotional Acceptance and Regulation Track; the Trauma and PTSD Track; and the Young Adult Track.

Each is designed to work in conjunction with the larger partial hospitalization program (PHP) including individual and group therapy, psychiatry and aftercare planning.

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The Borderline Emotional Acceptance and Regulation (BEAR) Track provides specialized treatment for patients who struggle with traits of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Although the majority of patients in this track are diagnosed with BPD, the BEAR track is also open to patients who struggle with BPD traits but do not meet full criteria.

The Trauma Track is open to patients with histories of childhood abuse or neglect, sexual assault or abuse, interpersonal or intimate partner violence, natural disaster, community violence, refugee/war zone trauma or other life-threatening or extremely stressful events.

The Young Adult Track is for individuals age 18 to 24 who are struggling with psychiatric illness and the transition to adulthood. Conditions preventing success in this transition may be related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis and substance abuse. These conditions can lead to an inability to attend college, retain a job and live independently.

What is a daily schedule like?

7:30 am
Continental Breakfast (provided by program)
8:00 – 8:30 am
Beginning with Purpose
9:00 – 9:45 am
ACT Group
9:50 – 10:05 am
Optional Meditation
10:15 – 11:45 am
Interpersonal Group
11:45 – 12:45 pm
Lunch (provided by program)
12:45 – 1:30 pm
Mindfulness and Coping Skills

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Read admission criteria to see if referral to a Partial Hospital Program is right for you.

• A referred patient must be experiencing significant impairment in multiple areas of daily life.

• The patient must present with acute symptoms of psychiatric illness that are expected to improve with short-term psychotherapy and/or pharmacologic intervention.

• Although a patient may experience suicidal or homicidal ideation, they must not be in imminent risk of acting on these dangerous thoughts.

• The patient must be able and willing to seek emergency assistance in the event of a potential crisis outside of program hours. (Evenings and weekends: 401-444-4779)

• The patient must be willing and able to participate in group therapy.


The Adult Partial Hospital Program accepts all major insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Please note the Program requires a referral from a provider, which may include an outpatient mental health professional, primary care provider, emergency room, or hospital. The referral form is downloadable below.

For questions, please call 401-444-2128