Integrated Levels of Treatment
At PCH, our goals for each client are psychological and social recovery, the two given equal importance. While many programs split these objectives — viewing treatment of psychological symptoms as separate from a person’s attainment of their rightful role in the world (and often making symptom reduction come first, as a necessary precondition for a client’s involvement in real life) — we see the full achievement of each goal as dependent on the realization of the other. Therefore, the primary treatment of symptoms and transitional care take place at the same time by the design of our Real World Model.
Most residential treatment programs focus upon primary care alone, and then either have their own transitional day program or refer to aftercare. This is a much more costly model even when programs take in network insurance, in that it takes much longer than most insurance will pay, and treatment is less effective often leading to repeated attempts at multiple treatment centers. By combining the goals of stabilization, primary treatment, and transition, we usually begin in one of our residences, transition to full time day program, and slowly taper treatment while the client is able to engage in part time work or school.
At PCH, in our Hybrid Treatment Model (HTM) integrating Primary and Transitional Care, we are preparing our clients to live their lives at the same time as they are receiving more intensive psychological care for their symptoms and issues. When appropriate, we provide thoughtful and coordinated pharmacological care (medication) that takes into account how psychiatric symptoms as well as medication side effects can impede leading a satisfying, productive life in the community. At the same time, clients work with an entire team of treatment providers (clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, coaches, personal trainers, yoga instructors, artists, and others) dedicated to supporting a client’s engagement with the world and maximizing their potential for a full and productive life.
The benefits of residential-level treatment can be particularly profound when individuals need to immerse themselves in a supportive environment and focus all their energy on healing.