This paper describes the Brussels Nighthospital, which has offered
partial hospitalization to young chronic psychiatric patients since 1978.
The hospital's rehabilitation program provides evening treatment and
nighttime accommodations to approximately 44 individuals, who live in the
facility for about a year. During the day patients are engaged in useful
activities outside the facility. The night hospital has developed a network
of such placements. Psychotherapy and family support groups are also
offered. A follow-up study of 120 patients (mean time after discharge = 4.2
years) showed that most maintained their achieved level of adaptation and
continued to live in the community engaged in useful activities.