§ 5210.7. Program standards.

 (a)  Accreditation. These standards must be met by any facility seeking licensure or approval. For-profit facilities must also have the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital (JCAH) accreditation in order to be licensed or approved under this chapter.

 (b)  General description.

   (1)  Partial hospitalization services may be directed towards different patient populations. Therefore, two different types of partial hospitalization programs are delineated. Adult partial hospitalization is a program designed for the treatment of adults with acute psychiatric illness, or an acute exacerbation of chronic psychiatric illness, or the treatment and rehabilitation of adults who are chronically ill and marginally functional and who require a more intensive and supervised treatment program than that which is afforded by various types of outpatient or aftercare programs. Children and youth partial hospitalization programs are designed for the treatment of adolescents and children 14 years of age or under as either alternatives to inpatient care or as more intensive treatment programs than are afforded by outpatient settings.

   (2)  Adult partial hospitalization programs may treat adolescents under the age of 14 years when clinically appropriate, and where specialized children and youth partial hospitalization programs are not available. The treatment plan shall specify the appropriateness of this procedure. When adolescents are treated in the adult program, a specialized program appropriate to their needs shall be developed including arrangements for education. Children and youth partial hospitalization programs may treat adolescents 14 years of age and older when clinically appropriate.

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