Residential Treatment

Northwood Children’s Services Main and West Campuses are 24-hour treatment facilities. Within an assigned team of 10-12 students – grouped according to treatment needs, diagnosis, and age – children learn to live with others in a family-like atmosphere.


A comprehensive Development Plan is prepared for each student by the team supervisor, counselors, parents, teachers, nurse, therapist, and referring agency staff. The plan outlines specific treatment goals that are scored and evaluated on a daily basis using a Life Skills Model. Team supervisors oversee the Developmental Plans of each student and help to assure a structured, consistent, and nurturing living environment.

Treatment dimensions addressed in each student’s plan include:

  • Group Living and Life Skills
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Family Counseling and Therapy
  • Professional Consultation and Evaluation
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Occupational Therapy
  • Recreation
  • Creative Arts
  • Health Services
  • Work Experience
  • Home-Based and After-Care Services

Referral Process

A child must be between 5 and 17 years old and have a clinical diagnosis from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Inquiries by a mental health professional, county social worker, hospital, child care provider, or parents are welcome.


Staff include counselors, therapists, recreational directors, and administrative and support personnel. Also, special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech clinicians, psychologists, physicians, and nurses complement the treatment staff. Volunteers from the community enhance the staff, serving as tutors, mentors, and foster grandparents.

For more information please contact:

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