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iStock-1148599500In a partnership designed to support both the significant emotional/mental health needs and education needs of students, Community Services Group (CSG) and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) developed the School-based Partial Hospitalization Program. Both agencies will coordinate services to seamlessly complement and support each other in providing a successful therapeutic and educational environment for enrolled students.

What is a School-based Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

Our School-based Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is designed for children ages 13 to 21 years old whose needs cannot be met in a traditional classroom setting or by a lower level of care. This weekday program provides a blend of therapeutic and educational services provided to children in a group setting includes a multi-disciplinary team approach to treatment.

Services are designed to promote:

    • Problem-solving skills and appropriate coping skills
    • Improvement of overall mental wellness
    • Self-confidence
    • Successful return to a lower level of care and to the child’s home school district
    • Daily education support with certified and highly trained staff, to help students remain on track with their educational needs

Group-i-1003210022Referral Process

The PHP operates year-round and referrals are accepted from a variety of sources:

    • Mental health professionals
    • Hospitals
    • School districts
    • Psychiatrists
    • Mental health case managers
    • Managed care organizations

Admission Criteria

Medical necessity for admission is based on the following criteria:

    • 13 to 21 years old with a current DSM/ICD diagnosis
    • History of multiple mental health treatment services
    • Previous treatment has proven unsuccessful
    • Longer-term partial hospitalization treatment is clinically recommended
    • Extensive symptoms across multiple settings (significant verbal/physical aggression, history of self-harm or suicidal ideation, and/or significant trauma)
    • Family systems issues that have an impact on the child’s mental health symptoms and behaviors, and affect family functioning and stability
    • Transition from an inpatient hospitalization program
    • Do not present an immediate risk of harm to themselves or others.

The PHP Team

A team of certified medical professionals and education professionals deliver weekday (5 day) program which provides individual, group, and family therapies, as well as educational programming.

    • Clinical Team: Program director, psychiatrist, nurse, mental health professionals and mental health workers
    • Educational Team: Program Supervisor, SEC, teachers, paras, school psychologist, social workers, and access to itinerant professionals (i.e., speech therapist), as needed.

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Clinical Referral Form

Clinical Contact:
Sarah Thomas
Licensed Social Worker
1-877-907-7970 x11288 •   thomassarah@csgonline.org

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Community Services Group

Educational Support Questions

Educational Contact:
James (Jim) Croyle
Program Supervisor
717-947-1552 • james_croyle@iu13.org

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School-based Partial Hospitalization Program is a partnership with Community Services Group and Lancaster-Lebanon IU13.


School-based Partial Hospitalization Program
1004 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17602
www.SchoolPHP.org | (877) 907-7970