Psychiatry and Psychological Services: Day Treatment Program

  • Average length of stay is 10 to 15 treatment days, or two to three weeks.
  • Patients will attend school two hours a day with a certified teacher and work on assignments provided by their schools.


  • If you are considering admitting your child to our day treatment program, please contact our intake coordinator at 214-456-8899. You will be given detailed information regarding our program and the process for admission.
  • The decision to admit a patient to our program is made by a physician based on information obtained by the intake coordinator. This information may be given by a parent, the patient's primary physician or the patient's current treatment team. This information will be used to help determine the appropriate level of care.
  • An initial evaluation is performed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, family therapist, nurse and other team members as available. This process, including signing consents and orientation to the unit will take about two hours.
  • At least one parent or other legal guardian must attend the intake appointment.
  • If there are any court orders pertaining to the child, such as divorce/custody orders, these must be presented at the time of the intake appointment.
  • Parents or the child's legal guardians will be asked to provide picture identification and proof of insurance at the time of the intake appointment.

Daily schedule

  • Treatment begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m. On Fridays, treatment ends at 3:00 p.m.
  • Lunch and two snacks are provided at each session. Food from home is not allowed.  
  • Patients are required to wear school-appropriate clothing. A light jacket or sweater is advised.

Family involvement

The Day Treatment Program is unique in its focus on parenting and family work., which includes:

  • Goals Group Daily from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m.
  • Wrap-Up Group Daily from 3:45 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Therapy one to two times per week
  • Weekly Multi-Family Group Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Daily Parent Education Group 3:00 to 3:45 p.m., while not required, is strongly advised
  • Shadowing is an opportunity for families to spend time working directly with your child on the unit.
  • The staff is happy to assist families with any family and medical leave or other documentation required by an employer allowing you to participate in your child's treatment.