5534 Pulaski Ave. Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 849-4300
Fax: (215) 849-4308
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Stones is a partial hospitalization program for children ages six
to eleven years old. Stepping Stones understands that children
who are experiencing mental health issues need to make educational
progress. This goal is achieved by providing daily education and
therapy to our children. The Stepping Stones Program has three classrooms,
each staffed with two bachelor’s level therapists, one master’s
level therapist, and a Philadelphia School District approved teacher.
Each child’s individual classroom placement is determined
by the child’s social, emotional, and educational level.
Stepping Stones is the only long-term partial hospitalization program
in the city of Philadelphia. Working with the child and their families
over an extended period of time allows us to develop therapeutic
alliances as well as build stability and consistency.
We work from
a strength based perspective, using each child’s strengths
to help them attain their goals. Children successfully return to
their home schools with new skills and an improved ability to assess
situations and make better decisions.
Through a multi-disciplinary
team approach that employs group, individual, and family therapy, as well
as educational assessment and planning, each child is given the
attention and support he or she needs in order to reach their educational and behavioral
Additional Services Provided:
- Daily Meals (breakfast,
lunch, and a snack)
- Case Management/Care Coordination
- Psychotherapy groups
- Individual and Family Therapy
groups focusing on coping skills, social skills, self esteem, anger
management, and self esteem
- Art, Movement, Music, and Play therapies
in individual or group settings
- Behavioral Modification utilizing
a point system
- Psychiatric Services, including medication
- Case Management
- Each Child’s educational
level is assessed upon entrance to the program and the treatment
team develops an individual educational plan.
- Our curriculum is based
on the Philadelphia School District’s guidelines.
teacher conferences are held throughout the year. However, a parent or anyone
on the treatment team can call a meeting to discuss a student’s
- Both our teachers and care coordinator work closely
with parents to secure appropriate educational placements for children
upon their discharge from our program.
Stones adheres to the school district calendar and runs Monday
through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the months of July and
August, enrolled children participate in our six-week therapeutic
- Children must be residents of
- Children must be evaluated and recommended
to receive partial hospitalization treatment by either a licensed
psychiatrist or psychologist.
- Children must have an active medical
assistance insurance card.
- The families of the children enrolled
in the program must be willing to participate in the child’s
treatment. Families are required to attend monthly medication appointments
and two family therapy sessions per month.
a child is evaluated and the partial program is determined to be
appropriate to meet the child’s treatment needs, the child
will be generally be able to start the program within three to
five days of his/her evaluation.
Referrals can be made by calling:
Director’s Email: debraa@RHDkids.org