Enhanced Partial Hospital Program

On January 18, 2021, SSTAR launched an “Enhanced” Partial Hospitalization Program (EPHP). As an “enhanced” program, it consists of a comprehensive DBT model, complete with access to after-hours phone coaching, and additional, complementary therapies: including acupuncture, expressive therapies, and access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Designed for adults aged 18 and up with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (and with physical health issues if applicable), the EPHP provides intensive, short-term, group-based outpatient treatment to provide stabilization and kick start long term recovery.

During the program, clients learn skills such as Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.  These skills help clients identify and manage their emotions, including triggers that could lead to relapse in terms of substance use and/or mental health symptoms. Daily use of “diary cards” provide a structure to reinforce skills and target problem behaviors for each client.  Each client is also assigned a primary clinician who provides individual therapy, case management, and a discharge plan with additional resources and referrals.  One of these potential referrals is to SSTAR’s own team of specifically trained DBT clinicians for individual and/or skills group.

Over the course of 2-4 weeks, clients attend 4-5 daily groups consisting of psychoeducation, expressive therapies, acupuncture/acupressure, and aromatherapy, all conducted through a DBT lens.  On a weekly basis, clients meet with their primary clinicians individually to address their mental health, addiction, and case management needs.  Additionally, clients meet with a psychiatric provider for an initial evaluation and twice weekly for follow up while enrolled in the program. Furthermore, we are able to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), including Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Referrals are generally a step-down in treatment from inpatient hospitalization, detox, and/or rehab, or a step-up in treatment from outpatient or IOP, which helps to avoid inpatient level of care. Basically, PHP is an option for those with significant mental health and substance use issues in need of immediate access to psychiatric services, individual counseling, and potentially MAT, without the severity of symptoms that warrant inpatient treatment.

SSTAR’s EPHP is located on the newly renovated 4th floor of the inpatient treatment building at 386 Stanley St., operating Monday-Friday from 8:45am-2:15pm. Referrals are accepted directly from providers and facilities/agencies, both psychiatric and substance focused, but individuals need to have an active mental health diagnosis. We also accept self-referrals.  Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, you will need to complete a rapid COVID test onsite on your first day of treatment.

Our referral form can be found below.  You can fill-out online or print and scan or fax to the [email protected].  Once submitted, it is automatically sent to our director, Julie Sanders, LICSW for review.  You can expect a response from one of our team members by the next business day. If you are a provider looking to assist patients or are looking to self-refer, you can also call 508-235-7056 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday- Friday with any questions, to complete an initial phone referral, and to schedule an intake.

Ready to Care

  • Julie Sanders
    LICSW, Program Director, Enhanced Partial Hospital Program
  • Mary Spencer
    Licensed Acupuncturist, Family Health Care Center (Partial Hospital Program)


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