Intensive Day Treatment | Northwood Children's Services

Intensive Day Treatment

Compassionate care on an outpatient basis


Intensive day treatment serves youth with behavioral, emotional or learning problems who need more intense services than public schools provide, yet do not need out-of-home 24-hour care. Students receive special education, counseling, behavior management and family services, but return to their own homes each day.

Program Overview

Intensive day treatment provides mental health and special educational programs. Each child has a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan developed by a multidisciplinary team comprised of the student and their family, a mental health professional, mental health practitioner, referring workers, and educational staff. The team also includes mental health practitioners and a mental health professional.


Merritt Creek Academy
4000 W. 9th St.
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 625-2669

Rockridge Academy
4849 Ivanhoe St.
Duluth, MN 55804
(218) 728-7418

Program Components

  • Psychotherapy; Individual, Family, and Group
  • Skills Training
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Treatment Plan Development and Review
  • Recreation
  • Work Experience
  • Music and Creative Arts
  • Parent Education
  • Special Education

Referral Process

Intensive day treatment is for students between kindergarten and 12th grade who have a clinical diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Northwood welcomes inquiries from mental health professionals, local school districts, county social workers, hospitals, and parents.


Each student in the day treatment program has a mental health professional and practitioner assigned to them, employed by Northwood Children’s Services. Teachers and educational assistants are employed by ISD 709.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact:

Amanda Ross
Intensive Day Treatment Program
4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 625-2673


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