Child and Adolescent Day Treatment


Day Treatment is a structured treatment service in a licensed facility for children or adolescents and their families that builds on strengths and addresses identified needs. This medically necessary service directly addresses the child’s diagnostic and clinical needs, which are evidenced by the presence of a diagnosable mental, behavioral, and/or emotional disturbance (as defined by the DSM-IV-TR and its successors), with symptoms and effects documented in a comprehensive clinical assessment and the Person Centered Plan. This service is designed to serve children who, as a result of their mental health and/or substance abuse treatment needs, are unable to benefit from participation in academic or vocational services at a developmentally appropriate level in a traditional school or work setting. The provider implements therapeutic interventions that are coordinated with the child’s academic or vocational services available through enrollment in an educational setting. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Day Treatment provider, the Local Management Entity, the Local Education Agency (or private or charter school) is highly encouraged. The purpose of an MOA is to ensure that all relevant parties (LEA, LME, provider) understand and support the primary purpose of the day treatment service definition which is to serve children who, as a result of their mental health and/or substance abuse treatment needs, are unable to benefit from participation in academic or vocational services at a developmentally appropriate level in a traditional school or work setting. These interventions are designed to reduce symptoms, improve behavioral functioning, increase the individual’s ability to cope with and relate to others, promote recovery, and enhance the child’s capacity to function in an educational setting, or to be maintained in community based services. Day Treatment must address the age, behavior, and developmental functioning of each child to ensure safety, health and appropriate treatment interventions within the program milieu.