Therapeutic Day Treatment

YFT's Therapeutic Day Treatment is an intensive level of mental health services offered to youth in school who are experiencing emotional challenges.


The Therapeutic Day Treatment program provides therapeutic supports to youth who are vulnerable to negative peer influences, substance abuse, delinquency, suicidal ideation and violence .

The interventions employed by our staff will reinforce positive behaviors while reducing self defeating and maladaptive responses to structure.

The program’s treatment strategies focus on helping students learn to:

  • control aggression/anger;
  • enhance communication and social and interpersonal skills;
  • make healthy choices and better decisions;
  • improve daily living skills, impulse control, peer relations, and problem solving,; and,
  • improve community responsibility.

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. YFT's specialist 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 specialist 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 social skills education, behavior management, crisis intervention, family 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.

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 YFT's Behavioral Health Services office at (703) 659-9900 to schedule an appointment. YFT Behavioral Health Services office is available to provide additional information about TDT 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.