The Child & Adolescent Day Treatment Program
is an intensive outpatient and partial hospital program for children and adolescents between the ages of six and seventeen years old (we consider 18 year olds who are still attending high school). The program provides mental health treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional/behavioral and/or family problems and who require more frequent treatment than a customary outpatient format can provide.
The Program offers an environment that individualizes the needs of each child while utilizing the benefits of group and family based treatment approaches. Each youth receives a psychiatric assessment and short-term treatment goals are agreed upon with the youth and their parents/guardians.
The treatment formats include groups such as process group therapy, social skills groups, goal setting groups, psycho-education groups, self-esteem groups, problem solving groups, and multi-family groups. Also, family therapy and psychopharmacological therapy are available when appropriate for the young person.
The IOL Day Program is staffed with mental health professionals who are experienced in working with children and adolescents with emotional/behavioral issues. The staff includes a clinical program director, child and adolescent psychiatrist, treatment managers/clinicians, psychiatric nurse, caseworkers, and secretarial staff. Each child/adolescent is assigned a treatment manager/clinician who works closely with them and their parent(s)/guardian, community agencies, and other providers. The treatment manager/clinician coordinates the child’s treatment while they are in the program.
The hours for partial hospital level of care are 1:00-5:00 PM and is usually five days per week. The hours for the intensive outpatient level of care are 2:00-5:00 PM and usually occurs three to five times per week. The level of care that is appropriate for the young person is determined at the time of the intake interview. Most young people need to leave their school day somewhat early in order to attend. When school is on vacation, such as the summertime, school vacations and for certain holidays, the program runs 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00 PM.
The length of time that a young person is in this level of care varies by the individual’s particular clinical needs and situation. The length of stay can vary from several weeks to a couple months, with the average range being between four to eight weeks. The program is open year round Monday through Friday, except for major holidays.
A child psychiatrist is an integral part of the treatment team. The child psychiatrist may prescribe medication if needed.
Active parent involvement in treatment goal setting and in the treatment plan provides the greatest success for the child or adolescent. We ask that parents attend the weekly multi-family group and scheduled individual family therapy sessions. Regular communication between the family and treatment team enhances the care.
We accept most traditional and managed care insurance plans, including Medicaid managed care/HUSKY.
The program is located on The Institute of Living campus, in the Braceland Building.
Parents, or the parent’s adult designee, usually transport their child/adolescent to and from the program. (Click here for directions)
We have a transportation system of vans for our program that can be accessed by applying for this service at the point of referral. We may or may not be going to the town in which you live. We base our decision about transportation on the families’ ability to provide transportation and whether we have room in a van that goes to the geographical area.
Medicaid health care coverage may pay for a medical cab for this care. Young people who are twelve years of age or older, who can handle this level of responsibility, may utilize a medical cab with their parent(s)/guardian’s permission.
Information and Referrals:
To receive more information or to make a referral, please call the Child & Adolescent Day Treatment Program at (860) 696-0020.