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COPE Crisis Hotline: 1-800-542-2673

School-based Therapeutic Day Treatment


Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT) is a school-based program that provides individualized and structured therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents, who are often at risk of out-of-home or out-of-school placement. Interventions, delivered within the school setting support social, emotional and behavioral functioning.  Care coordination with families, school staff, and community service providers fosters connections to resources and prosocial activities that enhance social skill development through a trauma informed lens.  Children and adolescents who are receiving Therapeutic Day Treatment services may also have the opportunity to participate in the summer program.

Behavior Specialists are qualified mental health professionals that work every day in the schools with a group of 4-8 children or adolescents.  Behavior Specialists follow the school schedule and collaborate regularly with teachers, administrators, other service providers, the family, and other natural supports to assure continuity of care and assist the client in succeeding.

Interventions include individual and group counseling in the school that focuses on the individual needs of each child/adolescent.  Family counseling occurs weekly to assist the family in supporting their child/adolescent by providing structure, consistency and trauma informed thinking.  Crisis Intervention is provided as needed.  These interventions are addressed through the Individual Service Plan (ISP) that is designed to build on strengths and improve the child/adolescent’s natural support system.

Common challenges of children and adolescents who receive TDT include:
Hyperactivity, poor impulse control, disruptive classroom behaviors, physically and verbally aggressive behaviors, self-harm, suicidal or homicidal ideation, difficulty maintaining positive peer or authority figure relationships, lack of positive social skills, deficits in communication, truancy, multiple discipline referrals and suspensions, anxiety, depression, etc. 

The designated school staff (School Counselor, Principal, Assistant Principal, or IEP Case Manager) collaborates with the Behavior Specialist to make the initial referral and for ongoing program development.

Funding is obtained through Medicaid.  Alternate funding from the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) may be approved through the county’s Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) and the Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT).

      Catchment Area:
The program is available through MP-NN CSB in the following school districts:
•    Colonial Beach
•    Essex
•    Gloucester
•    King William
•    Lancaster
•    Matthews
•    Middlesex
•    Northumberland
•    Richmond County
•    Westmoreland
•    West Point

For More Information Please Contact:

Melissa South, LCSW
TDT Clinical Services Coordinator

Jessica Kimball, LSW
TDT Program Coordinator

Amanda Kalna, Supervisee in Social Work
TDT Clinical Services Supervisor

Kelli Jones, LPC
TDT Clinical Services Supervisor