What is Therapeutic Day Treatment or TDT?

  • Therapeutic Day Treatment is a school-based program designed to successfully address mental health, emotional, behavioral and substance abuse issues that create a barrier to effective learning. EYPC counselors facilitate strategic interventions designed to address disruptive behavior immediately without interrupting the class to address one child’s acting out.
  • Effective interventions improve classroom dynamics and allow educators to teach. An immediate intervention by a counselor gives a child the best opportunity to redirect problem behavior so he/she can return to learning while protecting the learning environment for their classmates.

How Does TDT work?

  • The day treatment team provides therapeutic activities including individual and/or group counseling, behavior management, crisis intervention, family counseling and psycho-educational interventions. Once a child or adolescent has been determined to be eligible for Therapeutic Day Treatment, a diagnostic evaluation is conducted, followed by the development of an Individualized Service Plan designed to cover therapeutic activities before, during and after school, as well as in the home and during holiday and summer breaks


  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Individualized Service Planning
  • Individual & Group Counseling
  • Strength-Based Client-Centered Approach
  • Behavior Modification
  • Social Skill Building
  • Anger Management
  • Classroom Removal & Truancy Prevention
  • Community Service & Activities
  • Advocacy & Educational Support
  • After School & Summer Program
  • Wrap-Around Services
  • Forgiveness & Servant Leadership Training

Who is eligible for TDT?

  • Therapeutic Day Treatment participants are school-aged children and adolescents whose serious mental health, behavioral and emotional difficulties have resulted in significant functional impairments in major life activities, and have become increasingly disabling over time requiring frequent, supportive and intensive interventions. These youth are at-risk of removal from their home or school, their ability to handle self-contained or resource classrooms without intensive interventions has been seriously compromised, they have difficulty with interpersonal relationships and require recurrent interventions at home and/or in the community. Children in preschool enrichment and early intervention programs may also be eligible if their emotional or behavioral difficulties are so severe they cannot respond to program structure without additional support.

How is TDT funded?

  • Medicaid funds this service for youth who are current recipients and meet the eligibility criteria for the program. A resource for children and adolescents who are in need of TDT but are not eligible for Medicaid funding is through the Comprehensive Services Act, requiring participation in a Family Assessment Planning Team Meeting (FAPT).

How can my school get a TDT program?

  • To set up a program in your school or to request additional information, please contact the Director of the EYPC office in your area. EYPC Directors are available to provide additional information about EYPC and facilitate a private-public partnership in your school district to better meet the special needs of school-aged youth through TDT and other school-based support services.