School-Based Intensive Day Treatment

Mental health support for the educational experience

 

School-based intensive day treatment serves children with behavioral, emotional, and/or learning problems who can stay in their public school, but need more intense mental health services. Northwood Children’s Services offers four school-based intensive day treatment programs in the following schools: Piedmont Elementary, Laura MacArthur Elementary, Myer’s Wilkins Elementary and Lincoln Park Middle School.

Program Overview

Students in this program receive intensive mental health treatment in their home school building five days a week during school hours. Each child has an individualed 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

  • Education in child’s homeschool
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Recreation
  • Work experience
  • Creative arts
  • Life skills development
  • Related family services, including counseling, family therapy, and parent education

Referral Process

Students who are admitted 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.

Staff

Teachers and educational assistants are employed by ISD 709. Mental health professionals and practitioners are also assigned to students.

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

Dawn Peterson
Director of Community Services
Northwood Children’s Services
Main Campus
714 W. College St
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 216-8359

dpeterson@northwoodchildren.org

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