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A full day of outpatient mental health treatment for children and adolescents to learn, build, and practice skills to use in their school and home.


Children’s Day Treatment is a non-residential program that offers a full day of outpatient mental health treatment for adolescents ages 8-14. The program provides clinical diagnostic assessment and treatment services on a level of intensity equal to an inpatient program, but on less than a 24-hour basis. The program serves 16 children with a mental health diagnosis who are currently having difficulty maintaining successful behavior in a regular school setting, being disruptive in the community, and/or experiencing difficulty functioning within the family. The program provides a level of care that enables stabilization of the child’s emotional and behavioral disturbance with a therapeutically supported diversion from inpatient care.

  • Goal of the Program: restore a level of functioning that enables the child to successfully return to a regular school setting, re-enter the community and improve the family functioning.
  • Mental health concerns addressed can include: anger management, impulse control, social skills, self-esteem and decision-making are specifically targeted for improvement.
  • Treatment:  individualized and focused on the child’s response during the treatment program hours, as well as the continuity and transfer of skills at home and in the community.
  • Parental Involvement: crucial to the process of reinforcing and maintaining the skills the child learns in the program. Therefore, a requirement for parents to attend family sessions with their child is necessary.
  • Program Location/Time:  Horizons Building of Community Counseling Center at the Donahoe Center. The program operates 9AM – 3PM, including lunch.


The structure of the program provides various group therapy and psycho-educational interventions for three hours each day as well as regular individual sessions and family sessions. The remainder of the day, the child receives academic instruction by a teacher and teacher’s aide provided by the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center as specified on the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

  • Accommodations: can be made for those children who remain in their home school for a portion of the day and attend PHP programming the other part of the day. Adolescents whose primary disturbance is conduct related or substance abuse would not be considered appropriate for this level of care or will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Summer Programming: is available to serve an increased number of youth to maintain structure and consistency for the child’s continued mental health stability.
  • Program Focus: solely on mental health interventions that promote positive social skills, enhance coping skills and practice team-building skills.

For further information, please contact Loretta Buell, MA, LPCC-S, Clinical Supervisor.

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