Child & Adolescent Day Treatment Program

Child & Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program(PHP) / Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Provides group therapy programming for children and adolescents ages 11-18 (18 if still in high school).

Child and Adolescent PHP/IOP provides group-based mental health treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional/behavioral and/or family problems and who require more frequent treatment than a customary outpatient format can provide.

Child and Adolescent PHP/IOP offers an environment that individualizes the needs of each child while utilizing the benefits of group and family-based treatment approaches. Each youth receives a psychiatric assessment short-term treatment goals are agreed upon with the youth and their parents/guardians.

The treatment format includes groups inclusive of process group therapy, skills groups such as goal-setting groups, psycho-educational groups, self-esteem groups, problem-solving groups, emotional regulation, anger management, communication, social relationships, family dynamics, sleep hygiene, and seven challenges.

Treatment Team

The PHP/IOP Program is staffed with mental health professionals who are experienced in working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges. The staff includes a program manager, clinical supervisor, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinicians, caseworkers, and administrative staff. Each child/adolescent is assigned a treatment team that works closely with them and their parent(s)/guardian, community agencies, and other providers. The treatment team includes a clinician, caseworker, and psychiatrist who together coordinate the child’s treatment while they are in the program.

Referral Process:

Referrals are accepted from the community, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, inpatient units, and residential programs. To refer a youth, please contact our ACCESS Center at 860.545.7200 or fill out our referral form.

Youth and family will first attend an intake assessment appointment and meet with a case worker and clinician, complete necessary paperwork, and meet with the treatment team to determine treatment goals and admission (start) date. Intakes are typically at 9 am during the school year and 1 pm in the summer.

The youth will start on their first day of admission to the program. By the second day of the program, they will have met with a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist for their evaluation.


The hours for the partial hospitalization program (PHP) level of care is 12:00 PM - 3:50 PM five days a week, Monday through Friday for 4 weeks.  

The hours for the intensive outpatient (IOP) level of care are 1:00 PM - 3:50 PM for five days a week, Monday through Friday for approximately 4-6 weeks after completion of the PHP level of care. Care can be reduced to four days a week as youth are transitioning to their next level of care.

The level of care that is appropriate for the young person is determined at the time of the intake appointment. Most young people need to leave their school day somewhat early to attend.

During the summer and the last week in December, the program runs from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM for the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

Young people typically start at the PHP level of care which lasts about 4 weeks (dependent on clinical need) and will drop down to the IOP level of care for an additional 4-6 weeks. The length of stay between both levels of care varies between eight and ten weeks (can be less or more time depending on clinical need). A light lunch is provided to those who are receiving PHP level of care. The program is open year-round Monday through Friday, except for major holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving and Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

PHP Schedule:

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm — PHP Group

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm — Check in Group

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm — Snack

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm — Skills Group

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm — Activity Group

IOP Schedule:

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm — Check in Group

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm — Snack

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm — Skills Group

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm — Activity Group

Example Program Schedule: Weekly schedules are created by each teen and tween team to identify the clinical and skill-based needs of the current group.

Medical Services

A child psychiatrist is an integral part of the treatment team. The child psychiatrist may prescribe medication if needed.

Family Participation

Active parent involvement in treatment goal setting and in the treatment plan provides the greatest success for the child or adolescent. We ask that parents attend the weekly scheduled family therapy sessions. Regular communication between the family and treatment team enhances the care.

Academic Support

The clinical team provides consistent communication and collaboration with school providers. Academic support is provided by clinical staff through attending PPT, and 504 meetings as requested by the youth and parent/guardian.  During activity time, space is provided to complete homework to balance treatment and education.


Parents or Family members are welcome to provide transport; however, in the event the family is unable to support transportation, below are a couple of options available:

We have a transportation system of vans for our program that can be accessed by applying for this service at the point of referral. As long as the child is in the catchment area and there is space available on the van, this option can be accommodated. Transport is provided to the following areas: Hartford (both ways), Wethersfield (both ways), Newington (only pick-up).

If a child ages 12 and older has Medicaid health care coverage (Husky A) they are eligible for a medical cab. The paperwork can be completed at intake; the program’s transportation coordinator will submit and schedule rides to ensure the child gets to and from the program. Throughout the youth’s time in the program, program staff will support communication with the medical cab service.


We accept most traditional and managed care insurance plans, including Medicaid managed care/HUSKY.

Group Rooms

Group rooms are created to provide a comfortable space for youth.

Youth Group Room Youth Group Room


The program is located on The Institute of Living campus, in the Braceland Building, 1st Floor.

200 Retreat Avenue
Braceland Building, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
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Main Program Line:

Laura Bramucci, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor, Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services

Patricia C. Graham-Sullivan, LCSW
Program Manager, Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services

Eugenio Millan, LCSW
Director, Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services

Robert Sahl, MD
Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry