Swedish Ballard's Partial Hospitalization Program offers focused, effective care

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  • Swedish Ballard offers a partial hospitalization program for patients with acute psychiatric needs. 
  • The program allows patients to live at home and return to their lives while still receiving intensive treatment.  
  • The program tailors treatments to each patient's specific needs and is covered by most commercial insurance. 

The Swedish Ballard Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a short-term, intensive day-treatment program for individuals with acute psychiatric needs. PHP can be used as a step-down for patients who are discharging from inpatient care or as a preventative step to help stabilize patients in the community. It is covered by most commercial insurance plans. The treatment team consists of psychiatrists, advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP), social workers, licensed mental health counselors, occupational therapists, and chaplains.

Our Approach

The focus of the PHP is short-term rapid stabilization. Since participants return to the community each evening, the focus of care is building effective coping skills to improve self-management in their home setting. Partial hospitalization allows participants to continue to meet personal responsibilities and maintain independence while receiving intensive treatment. Treatment modalities are tailored to meet each participant’s needs and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) principles. The program embraces a trauma-informed environment of care.


Participants in the program meet Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Participants attend 20 hours of treatment per week and also have the opportunity for a family meeting during their enrollment. Medication consultation and management is provided by psychiatrists and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) during the program. Participants attend around 10-15 program days.

Admission Criteria

Partial Hospitalization is appropriate for clients who are:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms which are likely to require inpatient hospitalization without intensive treatment
  • Continuing to have symptoms that require more support than is possible in a traditional outpatient setting
  • Not an imminent danger to themselves or others
  • Having significant difficulty maintaining their normal daily responsibilities (i.e., self-care, work/school, care for dependents)
  • Willing and able to participate in intensive group-based psychotherapy
  • Able to access support networks in the community to help them after program hours
  • In stable housing and have reliable transportation

Learn more and find a provider 

Our Partial Hospitalization Program is located at our Swedish Ballard Campus, located at 5300 Tallman Avenue in Ballard. Call 206-297-5089 to speak with one of our behavioral health experts and learn more.

If you have questions about behavioral health services, Swedish is here for you. Contact Swedish Behavioral Health and Well-Being. We can accommodate both in-person and virtual visits.

With Swedish Virtual Care, you can connect face-to-face with a nurse practitioner who can review your family and health history. To find a provider, try searching our provider directory.

Join our Patient and Family Advisory Council.

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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional’s instructions.

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