Intensive Day Treatment

Intensive Day Treatment serves children with behavioral, emotional, or learning problems. Day treatment addresses the needs of boys and girls who need more intense services than public schools provide, yet do not need out-of-home, 24-hour care.

Intensive Day Treatment allows students to receive special education, counseling, behavior management, and family services, yet return to their own homes each day. Northwood Children’s Services offers two intensive day treatment programs. The Chester Creek Intensive Day Treatment Program is located at the Main Campus and the Merritt Creek Intensive Day Treatment Program at our West Campus.


Day treatment provides intensive mental health and special educational programs. An individualized treatment plan is developed by a multi-disciplinary team made up of educational staff, Northwood staff, referring workers, the student, and family. The team includes a mental health professional and mental health practitioners.

Each student is involved in a comprehensive program that is individualized to include special education, individual and group therapy, recreation, work experiences, creative arts, and life skills development. Related services available for families include counseling, family therapy, and parent education.

Referral Process

Students admitted are between 1st through 12th grades and have a clinical diagnosis from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Inquiries by a mental health professional, local school district, county social worker, hospital, child care provider, or parents are welcome.


Teachers and educational assistants are employed by the school district. In addition to mental health professionals and practitioners assigned to students, Northwood offers occupational and speech therapy as needed.

For more information please contact:

Shelley Brugman
Intensive Day Treatment Program
Merritt Creek Academy
4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 625-2669

Dan Bowman
Intensive Day Treatment Program
Chester Creek Academy
714 W. College Street
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 724-8815