Diagnostic & Assessment Center

The Northwood Diagnostic and Assessment Center has a new location at our West campus and provides comprehensive 35-day evaluations, diagnoses, and family assessments for children referred to the program. Since it is a live-in program, participating children stay in a secure, home-like environment.


A multi-disciplinary team conducts a complete assessment of each child’s needs from an emotional, social, cognitive, physical and behavioral perspective. A family assessment is conducted as well.

Referral Process

The child must be aged 5 to 17 years. Inquiries by a mental health professional, local school district, county social worker, hospital, and child care provider, or parents are welcome. However, to enter the Diagnostic and Assessment Center, county social service involvement is needed.


A highly trained staff including a psychiatrist, a nurse, educators, a recreation therapist, youth counselors, and a supervisor conduct each assessment, led by our licensed psychologist.

For more information please contact:

Alex Heil
Admissions Coordinator
Northwood Children’s Services
4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 728-7164