Partial Hospitalization Services

Partial Hospitalization Services

Sharon Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services provides partial hospitalization services for adults, children and adolescents facing mental health struggles. Partial Hospitalization is a voluntary treatment program that operates in a safe, therapeutic and open outpatient environment. Services are individualized and patient-centric. Our clinical team led by Medical Director, Dr. Mark Matta provides group, individual and family counseling services; recovery strategy education sessions; and medication management.  Individuals willing to engage in this insight oriented group process may be admitted to the program in as quickly as 24 hours from time of referral.

Partial Hospitalization - Adults

Passages - Adults
Passages is an acute adult partial mental health hospitalization program for adults ages 18 and over with many different types of psychiatric problems. These may include affective disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, thought disorders, as well as other psychiatric conditions that severely affect an individual's ability to function daily. Participant's average needed involvement with the program is two weeks. Passages help adults to avoid inpatient hospitalization or to continue with intensive psychiatric treatment following a brief inpatient stay.

Upon entering this group-focused treatment program, participants work with a team of therapists who help to establish treatment goals during involvement with our services. Participants take part in a variety of groups with the goal of helping them learn to manage the problems that may be causing difficulty in their life. The group experience is important to this treatment program. The feedback creates the opportunity for other group members to gain insight and practical solutions for their individual life circumstances.

Groups take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided daily.

To schedule an interview or for more information, please contact our office at (724) 983-5466, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Partial Hospitalization - Children & Adolescents 

Kite Strings and Pathfinders - Child & Adolescents
Sharon Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services provides two four-to-six-week programs for youth facing mental health struggles.

Kite Strings is a program designed for children ages 11 to 13, while Pathfinders is designed for youth ages 14 to 18. These short term partial hospitalization programs provide treatment for youth with a mental health diagnosis and who present with social, emotional or behavioral issues that interfere with their ability to function within the community.

Kite Strings and Pathfinders are community-based programs designed to help individuals understand their mental health diagnosis and to teach healthy strategies to cope with the feelings that often come with a diagnosis.

While in the program, participants receive individual, family and group counseling as well as academic instruction and assignments as provided by their school district. A full-time certified teacher works in conjunction with the home school district to keep the youth current with schoolwork. A summer session is also available.

Participants work with a team of therapists to create goals that will make life better a little bit at a time, and participate in groups to learn healthy ways to handle emotions. Our group approach focuses on:

  • Challenging perceptions
  • Recognizing patterns
  • Resolving crisis
  • Preventing self-harm
  • Promoting stress resistance, self-discipline, and core cultural values
  • Examining social thinking skills to evoke social consciousness
  • Cognitive restructuring to address emotional discomfort, depression and anger management in order to encourage positive social interactions and personal accountability
  • Effective adjustment to life transitions.

Both programs run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is provided and each participating school district provides transportation to and from the program.

To schedule an interview or for more information, please contact our office by calling 724-983-5466, Monday through Friday between 8: a.m. and 4: p.m

Outpatient Psychiatric Services

Sharon Regional Medical Center provides outpatient psychiatric services, including the evaluation and diagnosis of mental illness, medication management, and psychological testing.

Medications are often used to help people with psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and thought disorders such as schizophrenia. The prescribing clinician and/or registered nurse from Sharon Regional Medical Center's behavioral health team will meet with patients on a scheduled basis, and will review the effects of the medication treatment to help manage side effects, medication or dosage changes as necessary. Most individuals will receive a written prescription during their visit to the outpatient office to be filled at the pharmacy of their choice.

The psychology department of Behavioral Health Services provides a full range of psychological services to include intellectual testing and personality evaluations and diagnosis of mental disorders. Testing and consultation are also provided as part of the preparation for bariatric surgery.

The Clozaril Clinic

The Clozaril (Clozapine) Clinic offers an alternative to the patient suffering from a psychotic disorder that has been resistant to the various medications used in the past. Clozaril is a unique anti-psychotic medication that is a preferred choice for hard to treat patients with serious mental illness.
The program offers:

  • Blood draws
  • Laboratory services
  • Medication distribution
  • A patient monitoring system
  • Education and support

Because the medical and psychiatric support needed is provided under one roof, the program offers a more convenient, effective and safer service for the patient on Clozaril (Clozapine).

For more information on outpatient services, please call 724-983-5454.