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 educational staff, Northwood staff , referring workers, the student and their family. The team also includes mental health practitioners and a mental health professional.


Program Components

  • Special education
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Recreation
  • Work experience
  • Creative Arts
  • Life skills development
  • Related family services, including counseling, family therapy, and parent education


Referral Process

Intensive day treatment is for students between grades 1 and 12 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.



Teachers and educational assistants are employed by ISD 709. In addition to mental health professionals and practitioners assigned to students, Northwood offers occupational and speech therapy as needed.


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) 625-2669

Dan Bowman
Intensive Day Treatment Program
Chester Creek Academy
714 W. College Street
Duluth, MN 55811

(218) 724-8815

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