Child and adolescent day treatment services are provided in a safe, structured, supportive, and therapeutic environment. Upon admission, each young person receives an in-depth evaluation of his/her needs completed by a licensed clinician. This evaluation is used to develop an individualized treatment plan.
- Child or adolescent has a primary psychiatric diagnosis of mental illness or severe emotional disturbance.
- Child or adolescent is unable to obtain sufficient benefit from a less restrictive treatment program.
- There is a reasonable likelihood that the child/adolescent will benefit from the services offered by the program.
- Child or adolescent meets one of the following criteria:
- Exhibits significant dysfunction in two or more basic domains of life and requires the services offered by the program in order to acquire or restore the skills necessary to perform adequately in those areas.
- Needs a period of transition from a hospital, residential treatment center, or other institutional setting as part of the process of returning to live in the community.
- Experiences a period of acute crisis or other severe stress that may require hospitalization or institutional placement without the level of services provided by the program.
- The child or adolescent meets program criteria regarding source of referral, funding restrictions, age range of children served, and client characteristics for which the program has been specifically designed.
- Written consent of the child or adolescent’s parent or guardian, if the child is 14 years of age or older.
Each child or adolescent's experience with day treatment is unique based on their personalized plan of care. Services may include:
- A structured therapeutic setting
- Psychiatric or psychological consultation
- Physician or nurse oversight
- Individual and/or family therapy
- Social work services, including: case management, community liaison, family contact, and interagency communication
- Occupational therapy and/or structures recreational or vocational services
- Individual and/or group counseling by a qualified mental health professional
- Initial assessment by a qualified mental health professional
- Development and implementation of an individualized treatment plan
- Ongoing case reviews
- Discharge planning
- Aftercare for at least three months following completion of program
All services are provided by highly skilled professionals dedicated to helping the child or adolescent live their best life.
When a child or adolescent experiences emotional or behavioral challenges, all family members are affected. Day treatment programs involve parents and other family members throughout the treatment process, and ask that parents be a leader in their child’s treatment planning. Day treatment staff is encouraged to offer reassurance, education, and support to all family members. Family therapy provides opportunities for parents and other family members to learn more about the reasons behind the child’s behavior and learn effective parenting skills to assist their child. Assessments and treatment plans are shared with parents.
There are rules to ensure patient rights are protected. The Client Rights Office is responsible for the implementation and oversight of patient rights for individuals receiving services for developmental disability, mental illness, and substance use.
Contact DHS Child and Adolescent Day Treatment staff
Call 608-266-2717 with general questions or contact a service provider to learn more about their program.