Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility | Northwood Children's Services

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) is a highly structured, nonhospital-based treatment setting for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant difficulty as a result of a serious emotional disturbance and are in need of a more intensive setting.

The comprehensive treatment team is located at our West Campus and led by a child/adolescent psychiatrist who oversees each child’s treatment along with a licensed psychologist, psychiatric social worker, a licensed therapist, registered nurse, and counselors.  Treatment is delivered at a 1-staff to 3-student ratio with individual therapy sessions twice per week and group therapy sessions weekly. Family engagement is critical requiring weekly contact and twice monthly family therapy sessions.

Program Components

  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Nursing and paraprofessional services
  • Specialized educational services
  • Psychological testing by our staff psychologist


Referral Process

A child must be between 5 and 17 years old and have a clinical diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Northwood welcomes inquiries by mental health professionals, county social workers, hospitals, child care providers, and parents.



Staff includes counselors, therapists, recreational directors, and administrative and support personnel. Special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech clinicians, psychologists, physicians, and nurses complement the treatment staff.


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

Rick Lelonek
Northwood Children’s Services
Admissions Coordinator
West Campus
4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 728-7164

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