Partial Hospital Program

The Partial Hospital Program is a time-limited, structured program of psychotherapy and other therapeutic services specifically designed to meet the mental health needs of persons in an acute crisis. The program provides short-term (approximately 3 weeks) intensive mental health treatment as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization or as an option following inpatient hospitalization.

Goals and Philosophy

The goal of the Partial Hospital Program is to stabilize an acute episode of mental illness. The program philosophy is based on the belief that individuals can make significant changes in how they cope with life's stresses. The program objectives are to assist in:

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  • Reducing stress.
  • Utilizing an individual's strengths and resources.
  • Developing effective patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
  • Resolving problems through goal achievements.
  • Providing education that will give knowledge and skills to cope with current and future stresses.

Admission Requirements

Individuals who meet the requirements:

  • Are 18 years of age or older.
  • Are experiencing acute symptoms of mental illness.
  • Meet criteria for partial hospitalization.
  • Have family and/or community resources necessary to support the client's safe residence in the community during their involvement in the program.
  • Would not benefit from a less intensive service because of the risk for further deterioration of condition but does not require 24-hour care.
  • Would be able to participate in an intensive daily group program and has sufficient verbal skills to utilize insight as a means of coping with stressful life conditions.
  • Are not prone to aggressive, verbally abusive, exploitive or assaultive behaviors in group settings.
  • If chemical abuse or dependency is an issue, the client is able to maintain sobriety for the duration of the program.

Program Structure

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The Partial Hospital Program provides approximately six hours of structured group treatment from 10:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. Each group session is 45 to 90 minutes in length, with breaks between sessions. Treatment group sessions offered during the program day include goal setting/skills development, occupational therapy/socialization, education, group psychotherapy, and therapeutic recreation and wellness. Our seasoned culturally competent treatment team includes a psychiatrist, clinical nurse specialist, occupational therapist, recreational therapist, licensed independent clinical social worker and a mental health practitioner.

Partial Hospital Program Staff

Michelle Tichey, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Tichey trained at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Tichey’s practice includes psychiatric consultation and psychotropic medication evaluation and management. She has 15 years experience working in HCMC Crisis Intervention Center, now called Acute Psychiatric Services and outpatient clinic settings. She has extensive experience in the broad ranges of adult acute psychopathology, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.

Dianne Mattson Melcher, Program Manager, RN, CNS
Ms. Melcher is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Ms. Melcher is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She has 35 years of experience in mental health nursing and psychotherapy with patients in inpatient settings, day treatment, and three years with HCMC Crisis Intervention Center. She developed the Partial Program in collaboration with Dr. Debra Betow in 1996. She has extensive experience working with persons with personality and affective disorders.

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David E. Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Mr. Johnson has 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist, manager and director in the mental health field working in inpatient and mental health center settings. He has extensive experience working with serious and persistent mental illness, affective and personality disorders with group, family, and individual psychotherapy. He has been at HCMC for 6 years.

Mary Bartley, OTR/L, Licensed Occupational Therapist
Ms. Bartley graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a BA. She has 20 years experience with inpatient settings and joined the Partial Hospital Program in 1996.

Kathryn Geffert Anderberg, BS
Tasse, the name she is known by at HCMC, has worked at HCMC on and off since 1985 accumulating 18 + years of employment. She has a BS from the education department of Southwest Missouri State University with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and psychology and is currently enrolled in a master’s program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota working on a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Completion is estimated at fall of 2012.

Cheryl Elle, PSC/MHW Mental Health Worker/Office Manager
Ms. Elle has 15 years of experience at HCMC inpatient units and the Partial Hospital Program.


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