Intensive Day Treatment

Compassionate care on an outpatient basis

Intensive day treatment serves youth with behavioral, emotional or learning problems who need more intense services than public schools provide, yet do not need out-of-home 24-hour care. Students receive special education, counseling, behavior management and family services, but return to their own homes each day.

Northwood’s Intensive Day Treatment Program is offered at two locations: our Main Campus (Chester Creek Academy) and our West Campus (Merritt Creek Academy).


Program Overview

Intensive day treatment provides mental health and special educational programs. Each child has a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan developed by a multidisciplinary team comprised of the student and their family, a mental health professional, mental health practitioner, referring workers, and educational staff. The team also includes mental health practitioners and a mental health professional.


Program Components

  • Psychotherapy; Individual, Family and Group
  • Skills Training
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Treatment Plan Development and Review
  • Recreation
  • Work Experience
  • Music and Creative Arts
  • Parent Education
  • Special Education


Referral Process

Intensive day treatment is for students between kindergarten and 12th grade who have a clinical diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Northwood welcomes inquiries from mental health professionals, local school districts, county social workers, hospitals, and parents.


Each student in the day treatment program has a mental health professional and practitioner assigned to them, employed by Northwood Children’s Services. Teachers and educational assistants are employed by ISD 709.


For more information or to make a referral, please contact:

Shelley Brugman
Intensive Day Treatment Program
Merritt Creek Academy
4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 625-2673

Dan Bowman
Intensive Day Treatment Program
Chester Creek Academy
714 W. College Street
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 728-7168

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