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Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) located at 235 Main Street in Biddeford bridges the gap between inpatient and outpatient programs. It provides an alternative to hospitalization for psychiatrically (mentally) ill people. It is for persons who require more intensive treatment than outpatient office visits, but less restrictive than 24-hour inpatient care. Individual treatment planning with specific tracks and lengths of stay to address goal attainment will be provided. A multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and occupational therapists provide care. Through collaboration amongst staff, therapists, the client and his or her family, and community resources, this program assists the client in achieving the highest possible level of emotional stability and independent living. Treatment is focused on group therapy activities and skills acquisition. Clients are taught how to manage emotions, distorted thinking patterns, and belief systems that contribute to their emotional distress. Wellness and stress relief are also addressed. The goal is to reduce psychiatric symptoms to prevent inpatient hospitalization.

Program Features:

  • Introduction to DBT skills ~
    • Core Mindfulness Skills : Mindfulness is one of the core concepts behind all elements of DBT. Mindfulness is the capacity to pay attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Mindfulness is all about living in the moment, experiencing one's emotions and senses fully, yet with perspective.
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: Interpersonal response patterns taught in DBT skills training are very similar to those taught in many assertiveness and interpersonal problem-solving classes. They include effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict.
    • Emotional Regulation Skills: Assists one in learning to understand their own emotions, reduce emotional vulnerability, and decrease emotional suffering.
    • Distress Tolerance Skills: Is the ability to accept, in a non-evaluative and nonjudgmental fashion, both oneself and the current situation. Although this is a nonjudgmental stance, that does not mean it is one of approval, liking it, or resignation. The goal is to become capable of calmly recognizing negative situations and their impact, rather than becoming overwhelmed or hiding from them.

Staff includes:

  • Board Certified Psychiatrist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Program Coordinator
  • Master's Level Clinicians - Both social workers and professional counselors

Program Hours: The PHP operates five days a week Monday through Friday from 8:45am - 2:20pm. You may be asked to come early the first day at 8:15am to complete an intake assessment with your assigned clinician.

Chemical Dependency IOP: The Chemical Dependency Recovery Program (CD IOP) provides outpatient treatment for chemically dependent persons in a safe, secure, confidential, supportive and therapeutic environment conducive to recovery. Meeting three afternoons per week, clients participate with a multidisciplinary team in a group setting. According to their individualized treatment plan, clients are provided with learning experiences that will assist them in reaching sobriety within the family and the community. The SMHC chemical Dependency Program is staffed by caring and expert providers, available to help you through the challenging transitions from illness to recovery.

Program Features:

  • Introduction to the 12 Steps
  • Education of Addition and Recovery Process
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Family Dynamics
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Self Awareness
  • Social Skills
  • Self Esteem
  • Values

Program Hours: The CD IOP operates three days a week from 12:30 - 3:30pm. You may be asked to come early the first day at 10:30am to complete an intake assessment with your assigned clinician.

Co-occurring Disorder Program: The Co-occurring Disorder Program (COD) provides treatment for those struggling with abuse/dependence and mental health diagnosis. The program is designed to help the patient identify the interrelationship between co-occurring disorders. Patients learn to develop skills to employ alternatives toward destructive behaviors and manage the emotions that trigger use. Psychiatrist provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management overview.

Program Features:

  • The Introduction to DBT Skills ~
    • Core Mindfulness Skills
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
    • Emotional Regulation Skills
    • Distress Tolerance Skills
    • Introduction to the 12 Steps
    • Education of Addition and Recovery Process
    • Relapse Prevention
    • Family Dynamics
    • Emotional Awareness
    • Social Skills
    • Self Esteem
    • Values

Program Hours: The COD program operates five days a week Monday through Friday from 8:45am - 2:20pm. You may be asked to come early the first day at 8:15am to complete an intake assessment with your assigned clinician.

For more information, please call (207) 283-7660, or fax us at (207) 283-7664 or download the Referral Form.


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