Identifying and addressing childhood difficulties at an early age can make a marked difference in a child’s ability to succeed in life.

T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc. offers an acute partial hospital program geared to help children who have severe emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorders. T.W. Ponessa & Associates also offers an outpatient program & BHR services for children and adolescents, as a step-down from the Partial Hospital Program.


Easy access to services

Contact our caring and professional intake screeners at 1-800-437-5405.

The process begins with a call to the program. At that time, demographic and other information is gathered and a preliminary assessment is made. Afterward, an intake appointment is made for the child to be thoroughly evaluated within 24 hours. If admission to the program is determined to be appropriate, an admission date will be coordinated by TWP staff and the family. The average length of stay in the partial program is approximately four weeks and is based on individual need.


Who can benefit from APHP?

TWP’s acute partial hospital program serves children between the ages of 5 and 12 who do not require 24-hour inpatient care. Our mission is to provide high quality mental health services and treatment for children having difficulty functioning successfully in the home, school, and/or community.

We are open year-round, Monday through Friday. In most cases, door-to-door transportation is provided, as well as breakfast, lunch and a snack. We offer a full day, partial hospital program where children attend the program during typical school hours and receive an array of intensive therapeutic services.

Children who are referred to the program come for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity
  • Anxiety disorders such as social or school phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder
  • Mood disorders including clinical depression, bipolar disorder and dysthymia
  • Oppositional defiant and conduct disorders, aggressive or abusive behaviors
  • Emotional problems resulting from abuse, violence, divorce, separation, step-parenting, death, abandonment or other life stressors
  • Suicidal thoughts or self-abusive behavior

Comprehensive Services

Beginning on day one, our staff works with each child and family to create clinically based treatment goals. Meeting these goals is an integral part of all the following treatment approaches:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Family therapy/education
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication management
  • Behavior modification system
  • Liaison with the community

Family Involvement

Family participation is critical to the treatment process. Family members are expected to be actively involved in the child’s treatment. Attendance of at least one family session per week is mandatory. Additionally, families are educated on various topics such as diagnosis, medications, and strategies to best help their children.

The Treatment Team

Members of the T.W. Ponessa & Associates acute partial hospital team are committed to helping children understand and cope with the challenges that brought them into treatment.

The treatment team consists of:

  • The child
  • The family
  • A board certified psychiatrist
  • Nurse
  • Master-level therapists
  • Child Development Specialists
  • Graduate-level interns

Discharge Planning

All children are provided with a comprehensive discharge plan. Plans range from helping clients integrate back into their home school, to arranging for outpatient care. Each plan includes services that best meet the needs of the child and family.


Financial information

Acute Partial Hospital Services are primarily paid for by Medical Assistance, Private Insurance, and other funding sources. T.W. Ponessa & Associates offers financial counseling for those individuals without Medical Assistance.

Treatment Facility Location

354 N Prince Street
Suite 120
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone (717) 553-5341
Fax (717) 869-6411