What is Day Treatment?
Day Treatment is the name of the
service provided to children whose behaviors are severe enough that
it is making it difficult for them to function in a typical academic
setting in their community school.
The service is provided in a separate classroom or building, is
designed to be temporary and is structured to improve the childís
behavioral and coping skills so that they can return to their
community school within eighteen months. Day Treatment can be
provided to students identified as Exceptional Children (EC), but
this is not a requirement; however, since EC students often have
extra funding, many of the schoolís referrals are for EC students.
A Day Treatment program is an alternative to other limited
intervention options, options that are often costly and less
therapeutic. Day Treatment can take the place of the following
limited options that a school currently has:
- In-school and Out-of-School
- Constantly monitoring the
child with 1:1 workers or teacher assistants provided by the
- Hospital/homebound schooling
- Sitting in a principalís
office or counselorís office for hours at a time
Day Treatment services are focused
on achieving functional gains and on reintegrating the child back
into the school. The outcomes and therapeutic or rehabilitation
goals of this service are defined in individual treatment goals
outlined in the Person-Centered Plan with the help of the Child and
Family Team. The Child and Family Team are those persons relevant to
the childís successful achievement of service goals including, but
not limited to, family members, mentors, and school staff.
Day Treatment is designed to reduce symptoms and improve functional
skills. Functional skills shall include, but are not limited to:
- Functioning in a mainstream
- Maintaining residence with a
family or community based non-institutional setting (foster
home, therapeutic home, residential treatment, etc.)
- Maintaining appropriate role
functioning in community settings.
A Caring Alternative and the school
work together to optimize academic performances of each student
referred to the program. However, both the agency and school have
A state-sanctioned assessment must be done to ensure the referral is
appropriate for Day Treatment services. A Caring Alternative would
be happy to perform the necessary assessment piece for admission
into the Day Treatment program.