Young Adult Partial Hospital Program

Young Adult Partial Hospital Program

The Young Adult Partial Hospital Program is designed to meet the specific needs of 18-to-26-years-olds who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or other related mood concerns. The program runs Monday through Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m.

The program’s theoretical framework draws on aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). 

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Contact Information

Young Adult Partial Program
Butler Hospital
345 Blackstone Boulevard
Providence, RI 02906
P: 1 (844) 401-0111

Our Partial Hospital and IOP programs are now offering virtual programming through telehealth, in addition to safe, on-site treatment.

Looking for an MSW/MA Internship Opportunity? Please email your request along with a resume to Erin Ursillo at

Please note: To intern in our partial programs, MSW or MA students must be able to commit to a schedule of M-F in the mornings so that they can carry a caseload.

Why would someone come to the program?

People significantly struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mood related concerns that impact them from advancing in their lives, adjusting to independent life, transitioning in school or work, and/or resolving relationships (family, romantic or friendship) – will benefit from this program. The team is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood disorders and other like mental health concerns. Additionally, the team is well trained in LGBTQ+ affirming care and the space is safe and welcoming to all. 

Butler also offers two intensive outpatient programs for young adults, True Self (LGBTQ+) and College Student, which may provide a better option for individual needs.


How does the program work?

The program runs on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and most patients attend for about five consecutive days. During your time with us, you will be assigned to a compassionate, highly trained, multidisciplinary team that consists of a psychiatrist, an individual therapist, occupational therapists, and a discharge planner who will all collaborate with you to ensure you are fully benefiting from the program.

The team assists you in developing a customized treatment plan that focuses on your specific goals for treatment. Skills, support, and education are delivered daily through group and individual therapy.

What will I be doing in the program?

First Day:
You will meet with a therapist first thing in the morning and a psychiatrist (later in the day) for a two step evaluation process to determine if the program is the right fit for you and to begin establish your personal goals for treatment. After the first step in the evaluation process is complete, if it is decided that the program might be the right fit, you will be admitted to the program and begin treatment that same morning.  You will join the group therapy sessions for the day, meet with the psychiatrist for the second step in the evaluation process and leave to go home at 2:30 pm.   

Short breaks and a lunch break are embedded in the day’s schedule.  Lunch, drinks (aside from water) and snacks are not provided in the program so patients are encouraged to bring food or bring money/credit card for the cafeteria.  

Day 2 Onward:
Each program day consists of 4 one-hour long group therapy sessions covering a vast curriculum that we find helpful for our patients.  

In addition to the group therapy sessions, on day 2 forward, patients will also meet daily with a therapist for a brief, private therapy session.  The psychiatrist will meet with the patient on the first day, the last day and in between as needed.  The psychiatrist is an integral part of your treatment team regardless of whether medicines are part of your treatment or not.  

Each patient will be offered a choice to utilize our discharge planner, who if allowed, will work diligently behind the scenes to ensure you have a plan for treatment after our program ends.   

What should I bring with me?

On your first day please bring:

  • Picture identification
  • Insurance card
  • List of current medications
  • Emergency contact information
  • Lunch or money for the cafeteria

Other Helpful Tips

Parking is free of charge. Follow signs on the Butler Hospital campus to Sawyer Building and park in lot A1 for the first day. Enter the main doors of the Sawyer Building and turning left follow signs for The Outpatient Evaluation Center, first floor of Center House West. 

There are outlets available in the program for recharging cell phones or tablets, however, the use of this equipment is only allowed during breaks.

Butler Hospital is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Smoking is not permitted, including e-cigarettes, in the buildings or on the grounds. If you smoke or use tobacco products, discuss this during your initial meeting as we do offer medications that may aid in smoking/tobacco cessation.