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BRIDGES™ Partial Hospitalization Program

Children’s Home BRIDGES™ is Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) providing  stabilization and treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing severe psychiatric  symptoms and emotional disturbance. The Program operates year-round and consists of  highly-structured therapy and offers scholastic education in cooperation with the licensed staff of  the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12.

Our professional team

The BRIDGES™ PHP professional team consists of:

  • Two psychiatrists
  • Two masters-level clinicians
  • Four bachelor’s-level mental health workers
  • Registered nurse
  • Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 certified special education teachers and teacher assistants

Services provided

  • Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Individualized Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Individualized Education Plan
  • Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Psychiatric Evaluation & Collaboration Case Management
  • Individualized Behavior Modification Plans- Based on Need
  • Coordination of Care

BRIDGES™ PHP uses the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Choices Behavioral Health Services Guidelines for Mental Health Medical Necessity Criteria to determine appropriateness of referrals and admissions.

Our clients should meet the following criteria:

  • Youth in 1st through 12th grade
  • Exhibit behaviors that indicate a risk for unsafe actions toward self or others (self-injurious behaviors)
  • Decreased functioning for their developmental level such that the behavioral disturbance requires regular observation and treatment but does not require 24-hour supervision


Partial hospitalization must be recommended as the most clinically appropriate and least restrictive service available for the client referred to the BRIDGES™.  In addition, the referred individual must demonstrate severe symptoms (problematic behavior and/or severe functional impairment) in one or more of the following areas:

  • Suicidal or homicidal ideation
  • Impulsivity and/or aggressive behavior
  • Psycho/physiological condition (i.e. bulimia nervosa) 
  • Affect/function impairment
  • Psychosocial functional impairment
  • Thought impairment or cognitive impairment (other than intellectual disability)

Referral to the Program can be considered for the following:  A step-down from acute, inpatient hospitalization or to avoid admission to or as a step down from a Residential Treatment Facility (RTF).


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