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Treatment at the Rush Day Hospital is part of the continuum of mental health treatments at Rush. Our multidisciplinary staff provides individuals with intensive goal-oriented group based programming fostering social competence, symptom management, self-esteem and emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness skills, distress tolerance and adaptive coping. This innovative treatment may allow an alternative to or a transition from an inpatient unit.
About Rush Day Hospital
The Rush Day Hospital program provides individualized treatment within a dynamic, intensive group process focused on assisting individuals to better manage the symptoms of their illnesses as well as other aspects of their lives. Through their work, patients achieve a better sense of competence and improve their ability to function in their life roles.
An individual can seek treatment through the Rush Day Hospital at any stage of psychiatric illness, as long as 24-hour a day supervision is not required. The programs provide individuals with the opportunity to participate in the intensity of setting most appropriate for their needs. Treatment may begin in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and, as patients achieve higher levels of functioning but may still require intervention beyond individual therapy, they may choose alternate programming such as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Group Therapy.
The team seeks to foster an inclusive climate where differences are accepted, understood and valued. The Rush Day Hospital treats people 18 years of age and older who are diagnosed with affective and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and other complex and treatment refractory conditions that interfere with relationships and daily functioning. Many of the individuals we treat are professionals or college or graduate students who have had an interruption in functioning in roles that often require high levels of responsibility and accountability.
Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
PHP is designed to provide an alternative to or a transition from treatment on an inpatient unit for individuals who do not need the security of 24-hour monitoring. PHP allows for a combination of group psychotherapy, medication management, psychoeducation and activity programs to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of serious disturbances in their mental well-being, which may prevent them from adequately functioning in their vocational, school, home or social settings.
Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. to noon
IOP is a less intensive alternative to partial hospitalization for those who may still need a more concentrated treatment setting than outpatient. Individuals in IOP participate in three hours of group therapy per day for up to five days per week. Participants in the IOP have the opportunity to utilize the therapeutic groups to better understand problematic patterns as they maintain or reinstate life role functions and supportive connections in the community.
Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Group Therapy provides individuals with an opportunity to sustain their group treatment while continuing to add more hours to their life role functioning. Participants can attend as many as five or step down to as little as one group therapy session per week, continuing to work within the same therapeutic community of individuals to refine healthy skills for wellness and relapse prevention.
Treatment is provided by a staff that includes a psychiatrist, nurses, a case manager, social workers and expressive art therapists. Together, they develop individualized treatment plans for patients based on their particular needs and goals.
- Peter M. Fink, MD, medical director
- Cheryl Siegall, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, program director
- Dee Dee Sanford, MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC, assistant unit director