Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program at Stepping Stones is a structured program that provides group counseling and other therapeutic services in a compassionate, healing environment. This program is designed to meet the co-occurring mental health and substance abuse needs of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17.

Partial hospitalization is individualized to meet each participant’s varied needs. We use evidence-based practice approaches for the treatment of psychological symptoms which involve cognitive and behavior therapies (CBT). The benefits of CBT have been demonstrated for a wide-range of symptoms in adolescent. Unlike inpatient programs, PHP allows participants to engage in intensive group therapy by day, returning to their home or residence in the evening.

The objective of treatment is to promote the highest level of functioning with an emphasis on goal setting, crisis management, family support and the importance of routine outpatient care. Each person’s symptoms, strengths, family supports and discharge needs provide the basis for care from admission to discharge.

Program Hours

Our IOP meets 5X times a week from 3-8 pm, with one of those days requiring weekly family attendance. 

Who Benefits from PHP?

Bakersfield Behavioral Health Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program serves adolescents 13 to 17 years old experiencing mental health and substance abuse disorders that are interfering with their daily functioning.

Issues may include:

  • Depression or mood disorders
  • Anger management
  • Oppositional/defiant behaviors
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Relationship problems with family, peers
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-endangering or self-injurious behavior
  • Poor social skills
  • Self-esteem issues

The goal of the program is to work in partnership with adolescents and their families to keep teens with emotional, psychiatric, and substance abuse needs in their homes and in the community during the treatment process. We collaborate with families, providers, schools and referral agencies to plan strategies and interventions, which support the adolescent’s safe level of functioning at home and in a community setting.

We partner with the adolescent and family to work toward the following:

  • Increase social skills
  • Teach coping mechanisms
  • Improve frustration tolerance
  • Recognize triggers and warning signs
  • Teach relapse prevention
  • Positive reinforcement to encourage
  • Abstinence from alcohol and drug use
  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Improve impulse control
  • Decrease aggression
  • Assist families in managing their child’s behavior most effectively
  • Provide families with tools to understand and effectively support recovery

Adolescence is complex by itself, and when behavioral health issues emerge, deliberate and sensitive support is needed. Our Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program can help teens and their families regroup and become more resilient in the face of stress and other difficult circumstances. No person meeting admission criteria will be denied services based on race, religion, handicap, gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. All patients are assessed for special needs relative to these areas.

We’re here for you 24 hours and day, seven days a week, so call 661-241-5507 now for a no-cost, confidential assessment.