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Children's Day Treatment Center

St. Luke’s Children’s Day Treatment Center serves adolescents and their families seeking a high level of mental health care while being able to return home in the evening. This partial hospitalization program (PHP) provides an environment in which youth feel valued and cared for, and where they can develop skills that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Highlights & Resources

Day treatment is a level of care between outpatient, such as a therapist’s office, and inpatient, such as a hospital or residential facility. Youth and families engage in an intensive therapeutic setting and seek to make progress with emotional and behavioral stability, family conflict, self-harm behaviors, academic failure, and interpersonal problems due to emotional health challenges.

Also known as a partial hospitalization program, this is a structured, short-term program designed to decrease distress, improve safety, and facilitate effective functioning at home, at school, and in the community. At every step of the process, the program depends on the engagement of youth and families to participate, try new things, and share feedback on how things are going.

Who Can Attend?

  • Youth ages 12-17 years, all genders 
  • Must be referred by their physician
  • Must be cognitively capable of actively participating in group and individual therapy
  • Must have safe and appropriate housing locally for length of stay
  • Family must participate in family therapy a minimum of once a week
  • Parents/guardians must arrange transportation to and from the center

Program Components 

  • Psychiatric medication evaluation and management with a child psychiatrist
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Education 
  • Safety and crisis prevention planning
  • Care coordination and transition planning
  • Community service and integration
We also coordinate closely with each patient’s existing supports such as outpatient therapists and providers, their school team, and any other important members of their world, such as extended family and natural supports. 

Multidisciplinary Treatment Team 

  • Board certified child and adolescent child psychiatrists
  • Board certified music therapist
  • Child psychologist
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed clinical professional counselors
  • Psychiatric technicians
  • Educators
  • Care coordinator
  • Registered nurse

Length of Stay

A patient’s length of stay and frequency of attendance depends on their unique clinical needs, which are determined by their psychiatric diagnosis, need for structure, and level of functioning. Most patients will initially attend full-time and gradually decrease the frequency of attendance as their symptoms and behaviors improve. The average length of stay is 27 days for those who meet their treatment goals.

Full-time: At least six hours per day, four days per week, and one half-day a week. 
Part-time: Either a minimum of four hours per day, five days per week or a minimum of six hours per day, three days per week. 

How to Enter the Program

To learn more about the Day Treatment Center, including how to arrange a referral from a physician, call the center manager at (208) 381-8955.

  • Facilities & Locations

We specialize in treatment of behavioral and mental health disorders in children and adolescents to optimize wellness and functioning.

  • Location & Contact Info

    1075 E. Park Blvd.
    (South Entrance)
    Boise, ID 83712
    (208) 381-5970

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