Located in South Attleboro, Massachusetts, Arbour-Fuller Hospital is a private psychiatric facility that offers a range of inpatient and outpatient services for adults and adolescents with behavioral health conditions. In addition to their 102 inpatient beds, Arbour-Fuller offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for adults ages 18 years and older with a mental health disorder or dual diagnosis – mental health disorder and co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Arbour-Fuller also offers a unique Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that helps patients whose symptoms are limiting their abilities to function socially or professionally, but do not need PHP or inpatient care.

Arbour Fuller Hospital’s Partial Hospitalization Program is a highly structured, short-term intensive outpatient program. According to Arbour-Fuller Community Relations Coordinator Carrie Ballou, “The aim of the Partial Hospital Program is to prevent hospitalization or to serve as a step-down from an inpatient unit as the individual transitions back in to the community. PHP staff (which includes clinicians, MDs, NPs, and interns) provides stabilization of acute systems, medication management, case management, check-ins, contact with outpatient clinicians and family members, and transition planning.” Partial Hospitalization is group-focused and involves discussion on a variety of topics such as Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques that teach patients the skills they need to learn to thrive in the community. They also provide a limited number of dormitory-style rooms as part of the Partial Plus program for PHP patients that need housing. Otherwise, the program operates Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) focuses on stabilizing symptoms by teaching and using dialectical behavior therapy skills to cope with issues efficiently. Like the PHP, the IOP is also for patients with a mental health disorder and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorder, but IOP patients do not require the intensity of a PHP. While the PHP and IOP are both available five days a week, IOP patients typically participate in the program only three days each week and for only three hours each day. Duration of treatment depends on the needs of each individual patient.

For more information regarding these programs, check out their website or contact their Intake Department by calling 1.800.22.ACCES (800.222.2237)

In addition to the outpatient programs for adults, Arbour-Fuller Hospital offers Community Services for children, adolescents, and adults ages birth to 21 years old and on MassHealth. These Community Services include In-Home Therapy (HT), a program which provides stabilization services to clients and families within the home for individuals at high risk for hospitalization and/or at risk of out-of home placement. “Families with limited support networks or in need of assistance connecting to additional behavioral health providers also benefit from In-Home Therapy services. The program’s purpose is to treat individual behavioral health needs and improve the family’s ability to provide effective support and improve functioning within the family unit. In-Home therapy offers advocacy, consultation, and support services to facilitate communication between families and service providers,” said Carrie. “These services are provided to individuals and families residing in Southeastern Massachusetts, including Attleboro, Wrentham, Taunton, Raynham, Fall River, New Bedford, Middleboro, and the surrounding communities.”

Another featured Community Service for individuals 21 and under is the Therapeutic Mentoring Program. The Therapeutic Mentoring program offers structured, one-to-one strength-based support services that address daily living skills as well as social and communication needs. “This includes participation in recreational, athletic, artistic, educational, vocational, and social activities. Mentors provide support, coaching and training in age-appropriate behaviors, problem solving, conflict resolution and skills on how to relate appropriately to other youth and adults.”

For more information about the Community Services Program, contact the Community Services Director by calling 508.838.4193.