Sheppard Pratt offers a comprehensive continuum of care for adults with mental health and addiction issues.

People Cared For

  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

Level of Care

  • Day Hospital
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Intensive Outpatient

Payment Type

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Private Insurance
  • Self Pay

In addition to robust crisis and inpatient services, our two hospitals located in Towson, MD, and Ellicott City, MD offer partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care for adults experiencing mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders who do not require the intensity of inpatient treatment.

About the Program

Most people are referred to our day hospital after they have stabilized or completed an inpatient treatment program, or through a treating clinician who feels they need more treatment than can be provided on an outpatient basis. Our day hospital provides treatment during the day, allowing patients to return to the comforts of their own home at night. Adult Day Hospital programming is offered on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; the average length of stay at the Adult Day Hospital is two weeks.

Patients are generally referred to the location that is closest to their home. Both locations offer two all-encompassing treatment tracks:

  • Our general track is appropriate for adults with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders; obsessive-compulsive disorders; and/or autism spectrum disorder

  • Our co-occurring disorders track provides specialized treatment for adults experiencing substance use issues in addition to a psychiatric diagnosis. This track includes introduction to the 12-step and cognitive behavioral therapy models, random drug testing, and an emphasis on smoking cessation

Our Staff & Types of Treatment 

Our experienced, multidisciplinary treatment teams include psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and mental health workers. Patients engage in six to seven hours of therapeutic programming each day; our offerings are dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) informed. We offer:

  • Capacity for 74 adults across both locations

  • Transportation as needed

  • Medication and symptom management as needed

  • Daily individual and group psychoeducation and therapy

  • Discharge planning and coordination

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on site (available at Towson campus)

  • Family meetings

Continuing Care

We ensure that care does not stop when an individual is ready to leave the day hospital. While a patient is enrolled at the Adult Day Hospital, our multidisciplinary team will create a comprehensive discharge plan to ensure that the appropriate community-based appointments have been arranged.