Child & Adolescent Day Treatment

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Day Treatment is a time-limited service with mental health or substance abuse interventions provided in the context of a therapeutic treatment milieu within a licensed facility. Because these youth have difficulty making progress with traditional school-based or vocational services, the interventions are designed to support integration back into traditional educational or vocational settings.

Intended Population 

  • Youth (typically ages 5-17) with mental health and/or substance use diagnoses which impair their ability to participate in academic/vocational activities at a developmentally appropriate level in the traditional academic/vocational setting.

  • Attempts have first been made to address the youth's treatment needs through school-based interventions (e.g., Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) or 504 plan), but were ineffective or unable to be sufficiently addressed in the traditional setting.

Recommended Best Practices

Expected Outcomes

  • Core Expected Outcomes

  • The outcomes include but are not limited to: (a) integration into an appropriate educational/vocational setting; (b) reduction of MH/SA symptoms that interfere with daily functioning; (c) improvement in social, emotional and behavioral functioning in educational setting; (d) improvement in relational, coping, mood management, communication and problem-solving skills; and (e) maintaining residence with a family or community based non-institutional setting.​

Management Approach

  • Core Management Strategies

  • Authorization Guidelines

  • Conduct focused Utilization Review (UR) of Day Treatment providers based upon over/under utilization, negative outcomes (e.g., high use of acute care or crisis services), concerning incidents and/or grievances, and other data suggesting a provider's practices are an outlier compared to the community standard of care.