Partial Hospitalization Program


PHP is a school-based program that services elementary, middle, and high school children in need of mental health services. The goal of the PHP is to increase client functioning by providing mental health treatment for children and adolescents in a public school setting. The program operates 6 hours a day Monday through Friday according to the School District calendar it follows. Summer hours are available based on need.

Services Offered

  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • Medication Management
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Counseling
  • 20 Day Treatment Review Meetings
  • Behavior Management and Programming
  • Case Management
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Psychological Consultation
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Implementation of Individual Education Programs
  • Transitional Services


  • Wilkes Barre High School
  • Lighthouse Academy
  • Mehoopany

School-Based Collaboration

Accessing PHP is done through the Interagency Process. This process is a collaborative consultation process designed to assist parents, community agencies and school districts to problem solve social, emotional and educational concerns. This involves all important individuals in a child’s life and can include, but is not limited to, county case managers, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, school personnel, parents, guardians, foster parents, therapists and the client.

Referral Process

Children eligible will need to have a current psychiatric evaluation recommending partial and active medical assistance card. Children referred to the program should be at risk of inpatient hospitalization, detention, residential, school expulsion, etc. If you are interested in placing a referral, call the Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18 at (570) 718-4682.

Client Rights

You have the right to:

  • Considerate, respectful treatment in a safe and caring environment.
  • Nondiscriminatory treatment regardless of sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin or disability.
  • Treatment in a program located in or close to your home school.
  • Active participation in your own service/treatment plan.
  • Full information about the treatment goals, expected benefits, risks and alternatives.
  • Ask questions concerning program components at any time.
  • Expect that program staff will be available to help you after program hours in your home and community as needed and requested.
  • Expect confidentiality of any treatment information. This will be fully explained by the program staff.

Client / Family Responsibilities

Client/Family will:

  • Help develop treatment goals and participate actively in any treatment program.
  • Work toward goals in cooperation with the staff.
  • Be a part of the decision-making process.
  • Be as honest as possible in dealing with the staff.
  • Attend your school/treatment program on a regular basis and to arrive on time.
  • Maintain confidentiality about others.
  • Respect the rights and property of others.

Contact Information

If you ever feel scared, depressed, out of control or in danger when you are not with us, here are some telephone numbers of people who can help you or your family. They are in your community.

Crisis Intervention Luzerne County 570-829-1341
Children and Youth Services Luzerne County 570-826-8710
Childline 800-932-0313
Emergency 911
Jen Runquist, LPC Robyn Price, LCSW
Director of Behavioral Health Assistant Director of Behavioral Health