Child/Adolescent Partial Hospitalization

University Behavioral Healthcare-UBHC

General Information
Description of ServiceThe Challenge Program is a partial hospitalization program for children ages 5-17. Children in this program, typically, have had histories of psychiatric hospitalization or residential treatment or are at risk for such treatment.

Depending upon the severity of the presenting difficulties youngsters may attend either a full or half day program.

The full day program (8:30AM to 3PM) includes both a clinical and education component. The clinical component provides four hours of psychiatric and therapeutic services. The educational component meets all state requirements for out of school instruction and is typically two hours per day. At present the full day program is offered exclusively to children in the kindergarten to third grade range of educational placement.

The clinical services for both the full and half day components include individual and family therapy with a primary clinician (social worker or psychologist), and group therapy by age group. Daily milieu activities are led by mental health specialists. Within the context of a behavior modification program, children have opportunities to develop social and adaptive skills, while stabilizing acute symptoms. All children are examined psychiatrically prior to admission to the program, and are followed by a psychiatrist regularly throughout their course in the program.

Referrals to the Challenge Program are made by professionals by calling the Access Center (1-800-969-5300). Children may also be referred to the Challenge Program from Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, by consulting with the child's primary therapist. Services must be authorized by the NJ Contract System Administrator for partial hospital level of care and children attending the full day program must be authorized by their sending education district to receive out of school instruction.

For further information you may contact the Clinician Supervisor for the Challenge Program, Dr. Lolalyn Clarke, 973-972-1084.
LocationMiddlesex County
Geographical AreaCentral
Public TransportationYes
Facility/ADA AccessYes
Client Information
Age GroupAll Youth
Languages SpokenLanguage Line
Fees or Charges
Insurance AcceptedMedicare, Medicaid
Hours of Operation Mon, Tues 8:30am-8:30pm Wed, Fri 8:30am-5pm Thurs 8:30-8pm
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Contact Information
Contact's Name Dr. Lolalyn Clarke
Contact's Position Clinician Supervisor for the Challenge Program
Contact's Phone 973-972-1084
Physical Site Address 1 Behavioral Health Sciences Building
Physical Site Address 2 183 South Orange Avenue
Physical Site City, State, Zip Newark, NJ 07103
Main Phone Access Center 1-800-969-5300
Web Address
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care
Affiliated Program: University Behavioral Healthcare-UBHC
This Service: Child/Adolescent Partial Hospitalization
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Child/Adolescents Partial Care ()
Community Mental Health ()