What are Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Services?
Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Services are intensive school-based mental health services designed to reduce symptoms and improve level of social, emotional or behavioral functioning including:· Functioning in an appropriate educational setting
- Maintaining residence with a family or community based setting
- Developing appropriate social or relational skills
- Increasing use of positive and assertive communication
- Enhancing problem solving skills
Child and Adolescent Day Treatment is a service operated by Integrated Family Services in Sadie Saulter Elementary School in conjunction with Pitt County Schools. All referrals come from Pitt County Schools’ IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) teams. Child and Adolescent Day Treatment includes therapeutic services in conjunction with educational services to enhance the child’s ability to function within a school setting. Child and Adolescent Day Treatment includes:
- Individual, group and family therapy
- Skills training
- Substance use intervention (if necessary)
- Psychoeducation and training of family and other caregivers on diagnoses and identified needs
- Crisis response and management
Evidenced Based Practices used in Child and Adolescent Day Treatment include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- SITCAP (Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents)
- Seven Challenges (mental health and substance use)
- Together Facing the Challenge (parenting skills and family relationships)
- SPARCs (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress)
Who is appropriate for Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Services?
- Children ages 6 through 17
- Children with Medicaid
- Children with a mental health or substance use diagnosis
- Children who continuously are in need of school crisis response and unable to function in a traditional or modified school setting
What can the family and client expect?
- Services will be structured and provided only in the school setting
- Services can be up to 6 hours per day depending on the IEP recommendation
- Better outcomes are expected if your family is committed to being working partners with service delivery
- Day Treatment staff will coordinate Child and Family Team meetings monthly to assess progress and plan, including community
supports such as teachers, probation officers and other natural supports.
- The child’s goals and crisis plan will be developed at the beginning of service and updated at least monthly