New Ulm Medical Center offers new mental health program

NEW ULM, Minn. (Feb. 12, 2024) — New Ulm Medical Center is now offering an additional mental health service, called the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This new program provides an intermediate level of care for people in the region who need more intensive treatment than outpatient therapy but do not require 24/7 supervision in an inpatient setting.

 “The Partial Hospitalization Program bridges the gap between inpatient hospitalization and outpatient care, providing a structured and supportive environment for individuals to address their mental health challenges,” states Mary Shupe, RN, manager, Mental Health Services at New Ulm Medical Center. “It is a great option for those struggling with conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, and those with dual diagnosis.”

In addition to referrals from area providers, therapists, and public health staff, support is provided to patients as they step down from inpatient hospitalization services to help them integrate into everyday life with professional support. People can self-refer by calling 866-603-0016 to find out if this program is right for them.

“We partner with individual mental health providers for continuity of care,” said Sara Lantz, manager, Allina Health Mental Health and Addiction Services. “Our program focuses on gaining coping skills, improving conflict resolution, learning emotional regulation skills, gaining self-awareness, learning to manage stressors and learning skills to remain safe.”

The program, for adults only at this location, averages two to four weeks in length, meeting Monday through Friday, six hours per day in different group settings.

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