Day Treatment is most helpful for children ages 6 to 17 who are having significant problems at home and school, and need close monitoring by a psychiatrist. It is also an effective program for children who have been previously hospitalized and are still in need of nursing care and therapy.
Key facts about Day Treatment
- Designed for children ages 6-17.
- Hours of Treatment: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Typical stay: 10 to 15 days.
- Treatment provided by a multi-disciplinary team of child specialists.
- What we treat: depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, separation anxiety, phobias, serious coping problems, and other emotional and behavioral problems.
Key benefits of Day Treatment:
- Ability to observe symptoms, make evaluations, and provide therapy on a daily basis.
- Child returns home daily, keeping family structure intact.
- Consistent communication with family members.
- Individualized treatment.
- Child is part of small groups of appropriate age level.
- Doctors visit several times a week.
- Therapy to encourage positive behavioral changes and coping skills.
What is Day Treatment?
Day Treatment (also known as Partial Hospitalization) allows children to receive intensive treatment at our campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and return home to their families every evening. Children in Day Treatment have a familiar place to return in the evening and succeed because their family is engaged and supportive.
Why consider Day Treatment?
The most important benefit of Day Treatment is that it minimizes the interruption of family life and the child’s education while providing a highly effective form of treatment. The program allows us to observe and understand firsthand the challenges the child is facing.
We can then design and teach coping skills based on their individual needs. It also provides immediate monitoring of their symptoms and how they react to life experiences. As they observe the child, our professionals can help them develop the skills and tools they need to resolve real life challenges. We work closely with parents and teachers to get feedback and to assist them in their relationship with the child.
How does the program work?
Our comprehensive Day Treatment program includes a medical evaluation of the child and ongoing medication monitoring, conducted by on-site child psychiatrists.
Children attend daily individual and group therapy sessions. Family therapy is also an integral part of the care provided by Day Treatment. Psychological and social education, as well as life coaching sessions, help the children understand themselves better, and equip them to cope with the pressures and realities of life.
Therapeutic recreation also provides the child with an opportunity for physical activity, designed to increase social interaction and self-esteem.
A full-time nurse monitors medication and cares for children’s health needs.
How are parents involved?
Communicating with parents is a vital part of Day Treatment. Every day, the child receives a “passport” to bring home and share with family members. The “passport” informs the parents about events, progress of the child’s day, and asks them to share how his or her evening went at home. It also includes goals for the child as part of his coping and behavioral development process. Our objective is to help the family understand and support the therapy. Communication with parents also happens daily at drop-off or pick-up, and during a weekly family therapy session.
What are the financial considerations?
As a nonprofit and a United Way Agency, a major goal of Clarity Child Guidance Center is to ensure that children who come to us in need, get help. Most health insurance providers pay for Day Treatment, but you may need to demonstrate that outpatient treatment was tried first. We accept most commercial insurances, TRICARE, Medicaid, and CHIP. We also have alternative methods to fund a child’s treatment. Our financial representatives work with families to find a way to get them the help they need.
How does a child access Day Treatment?
Our licensed professionals will help you evaluate the child’s situation and determine if Day Treatment is the appropriate next step. Contact our Admissions Department and request the Day Treatment program.