Day Treatment Centers

The Classroom
At PEP, children receive highly individualized attention. Small classes of no more than ten students are led by teams of three highly trained professionals: a credentialed special education teacher, a qualified mental health service provider, and a team associate. At Prentiss, this team is augmented by classroom aides.

The classroom team works together to construct meaningful and appropriate learning plans for each child. Together, they integrate a day that weaves academics, social-emotional skills development, and group work to help students build skills to successfully learn and grow.

Supportive Programming
Usually, the children enrolled in PEP’s Day Treatment Centers have had very frustrating experiences with school, and often associate school with a feeling of failure. PEP understands that the programming needs to reach children in creative ways. Outdoor education, art and music, service learning and community-based experiences are important components of the day treatment center experience as they naturally integrate opportunities for academic learning, therapeutic interventions, and social-emotional skills development.

Family Services
Working beyond the classroom, PEP partners with parents, families and other significant adults in the child’s life to create consistency between the school setting and the home, neighborhood, community, and work place. Efforts to effect change within the child’s life outside of school are made to support lasting behavior change that provide continued hope and optimism for the future. Each child is assigned a case manager who becomes the primary liaison between the center and the family. This person strives to build supports for the child outside the center so that he or she will one day be able to effectively transition back to the public school.

Each center has a Family Support Liaison. These caring adults are parents of past or present PEP clients, and know firsthand what our families are experiencing. Because of their own experiences, they can provide direct peer support to parents and can effectively facilitate parent groups. In addition, PEP employs a Juvenile Court Liaison to support a child and family should they need help navigating the court system so that the child can be maintained in the least restrictive environment possible.

Center Supports
Each day treatment center has a program coordinator, an assistant coordinator, and a clinical supervisor. In a traditional public school setting, these positions are the equivalent of the principal, assistant principal and school psychologist. These three highly trained professionals provide support and leadership for all of the educational and mental health services provided in the center.

Speech language pathologists provide consultation to staff and services to students who have communication challenges. Other related services can be sought as needed and appropriate. Rounding out the center’s team is the full-time nurse, a clinical associate, an office manager, a clerical assistant, para-professionals, and a custodian. Center staff is also supported by other agency-wide personnel in consulting and direct service roles such as vocational services, psychiatric consultation, clinical consultation, and staff development.