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Aurora Psychiatric Hospital

Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program

Our program provides patients, ages 5-16, with a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment designed to address their individual and family needs, utilizing comprehensive treatment modalities.

Our goal is to help children and adolescents to:

  • Stabilize moods and address problems at home, school and in the community
  • Learn and practice a variety of skills in exploring and understanding emotions, feelings and choices
  • Address the needs of family through education, crisis intervention and aftercare support
  • Assume responsibility for personal choices, decisions and consequences to their choices


Our program is designed to treat patients experiencing a wide range of psychiatric symptoms, behavioral difficulties and diagnosis including:

  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional/defiant behaviors
  • Conduct disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

Most children admitted to the program are enrolled for 2-12 weeks.

Treatment modalities

  • Assessment/psychiatric evaluation
  • Multi-disciplinary treatment planning
  • Group therapy
  • Skill-building groups
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Discharge planning and referral

Treatment team

  • Board-certified child psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Master's level therapists
  • Registered Nurse
  • Recreational therapist
  • School liaison

Treatment schedule

The Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program meets daily, with sessions offered either mornings or afternoons. Contact is maintained on a regular basis with the patient's outpatient providers and school. Individual therapy is provided on a weekly basis with the patient's program therapist. The program requires that the patient's parent or primary caregiver are actively involved in their child's treatment by attending weekly family therapy sessions. Patients meet on a monthly basis with our program psychiatrist for medication management evaluations.


Transportation is not provided through the program, but a list of van transportation companies can be provided as a courtesy to families.


Snacks are provided to all patients attending the program.


Treatment costs may be covered by many insurance plans, including Title-19.


Referrals for admission or requests for information can be made by calling our Admission Specialist at by calling 414-454-6533.