Group space at Ascend teenage IOP in Fresno


Ascend Behavioral Health is the Fresno’s only private, teen mental health Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Our program is run by talented and experienced mental health clinicians that use evidenced based treatment to help restore health and functioning in teens that are struggling with mental health concerns.


Our PHP program serves teens with a wide range of mental health conditions. This includes teens suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger issues, trauma, personality disorders, and more. 


PHP is a great transition for those discharging from inpatient and/or residential programs. Programming at this level of care allows for a smooth, step down in the frequency and intensity of services, while still providing a high level of support. 


Ascend's PHP meets Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.


  • Initial psychological assessment

  • Initial medication evaluation with psychiatric staff

  • Individualized treatment plan

  • Daily group therapy (DBT, CBT, life skills, and process groups)

  • Experiential therapies (art therapy, yoga, music therapy, and community outings)

  • Weekly individual therapy

  • Weekly follow up psychiatry visits

  • As needed couples/family therapy, crisis management, educational assistance, and case management services

  • Academic Assistance

Who We Serve

It is Ascend’s mission to serve Fresno teens who are struggling with mental health conditions. Often times we serve those who need more help and assistance than their school, outpatient therapist, or families can support. When things get especially difficult in life, Ascend is here to be your beacon of hope. 


Typically, teens that find their home at Ascend are struggling with anxiety and/or depression. We often see that teens don’t present with “adult” symptoms of these disorders. They may be irritable and acting out, moody and argumentative, isolating and pushing others away, engaging in self-harm, using drugs or alcohol, or not seeming like themselves. When these concerns are present and they are interfering with school, family life, or friendships, it’s time to consider enrolling in Ascend’s Intensive Outpatient Program


While we are happy to help assess and refer, often times teens who are actively psychotic, have a developmental disorder, or have a severe eating disorder are better suited for programs who serve these specific disorders.