Welcome to the website of the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare—Northern California (AABH-NC). The Northern California chapter, a member of the National Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare in Washington, D.C., represents a group of participating agencies specializing in Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). You will find links to the various facilities and other important information to help you, a loved one, or a friend assess whether or not to pursue this unique and highly effective treatment option.

Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient Treatment
Partial Hospitalization is defined as a “time–limited, ambulatory, active treatment program that offers therapeutically intensive, coordinated, and structured clinical services within a stable therapeutic milieu.” This modality, or method of treatment, can be an alternative to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization or an effective adjunct to traditional one-to-one therapy, whereby the group setting offers a structured, yet individually sensitive approach to address a wide range of conditions, impairments, and mental illness in an outpatient setting.

Partial Hospitalization History
This level of psychiatric care dates back to the 1960’s and was developed in response to the growing dissatisfaction with the restrictive approaches of that time. A variety of clinicians and institutions believed that individuals experiencing mental health issues had a better chance of recovery and healthy functioning if they were allowed to pursue treatment in the community where they lived, worked, and went to school.