The Trauma Informed Day Treatment Program (TIDTx) Program is an intensive mental health program which also provides educational services for those children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, and who are unable to behaviorally and/or emotionally be maintained in a public school setting with less intensive services. Started in 1980, the purpose of the TIDTx program is to provide the services necessary to reduce severe emotional and/or behavioral problems, resulting from trauma, and to build coping and self-regulation skills so youth can successfully be transitioned and maintained in a less restrictive educational setting. We focus on improving all aspects of children and adolescents-emotional, behavioral, social and educational well-being – and their families.
What is Trauma Informed Day Treatment?
TIDTx is an educational program provided by C&A to assist severally emotionally and behaviorally dysregulated youth who cannot maintain safe and appropriate behaviors and interactions in a typical school setting. The TIDTx program follows the rules and standards established by the state of Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide therapeutic services to increase students’ abilities to improve psychosocial, educational, vocational and cognitive functioning, and learn to manage their symptoms. The program uses trauma-informed treatment modalities to assist student in developing skills to regulate emotions and behaviors.
Who participates in TIDTx program?
Children and adolescents ages 5 to 18 are enrolled in kindergarten through high school. The students have been referred by their home school districts, admitted to the program, and assessed by a multidisciplinary team, including mental/behavioral health and educational personnel. The students still remain students of their home district while participating in the TIDTx program and therefore can only be referred by school district administration.
What qualifies a youth to attend TIDTx?
Youth in the day treatment program struggle to maintain in the traditional educational setting due to emotional and behavioral challenges that exceed the school’s ability to maintain them in their setting. Youth in the program have often experienced high levels of trauma which has caused severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.
TIDTx is a service that C&A can provide to students who have experienced one or more traumas in their lives and the trauma has affected the student in such a way that they are unable to maintain safe and appropriate emotional expression and behaviors in the traditional school setting. Many administrators and families are unaware of the process to get a child into and out of day treatment services. The process is outlined below:
- C&A staff cannot make referrals to the TIDTx program. These referrals can only come from the school district. The school district representative, typically the Special Education Director, makes the referral to the TIDTx program (we work with all 17 Stark County School Districts). While C&A cannot make the referrals, they can offer information about the students’ needs and the program to the school personnel who advise the Special Education Director if the student requires more intensive services than the school can provide.
- Once the school district has considered TIDTx as an educational option for the student, the family and school administration complete the TIDTx Informed Consent Referral Form and send this to either the TIDTx Clinician Supervisor or Program Manager. The clinician supervisor or program manager will contact the family to offer additional information and/or a tour of the facility. Once the school district and family have finalized the decision to go with Day Treatment, the child will need to be opened to C&A services if he/she is not already. An intake appointment and diagnostic assessment are completed to open the child to C&A.
- Once the child is open to C&A services or if the child is already open to C&A, TIDTx administrators meet with family and school district to complete a Change of Placement meeting and to assess for behavioral problems, triggers and interventions that work (and to be made aware of what does not work). Typically, but not always, a child who enters into the TIDTx program has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Also, students who enter the TIDTx program are usually assigned to one of the TIDTx therapists for individual, family, group and /or trauma therapies. Sometimes families already have an established relationship with a provider and TIDTx will work with that provider to coordinate services.
- Once the child is admitted into the program, he/she will be transported by the school district to the Shipley Building for his/her academics as well as to provide intensive mental health services to include daily group therapy, individual therapy at least one time per week and family therapy anywhere from one to four times per month. Frequently, clients in the TIDTx program also qualify to receive Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) services. Note: the school district only provides transportation to and from Shipley during established school days and hours.
- TIDTx is not its own school and serves each school district and student as an extended, off site, intensive educational classrooms. The school district, family, student and TIDTx coordinate with each other to provide the least restrictive academic setting possible. Often times, TIDTx serves as a transitional educational placement when students are exiting hospitalization and/or residential treatment facilities. When the student has made enough progress to be able to consistently maintain safe and appropriate behavior in the classroom/school setting, a transition meeting is scheduled so that the student can return to his/her school.
- There are times when TIDTx is not a good fit for the needs of the student. When this happens, a transition meeting occurs to establish the best educational placement for the student.
Goals of the program:
- Keep youth in the community with their family
- Improve overall functioning at home, school, in the community and interpersonal
- Reduce the need for residential treatment
- To serve as a transitional or short-term stabilization service after clinical hospitalization or residential care
- The stay is generally six months to two years.
- Youth follow their home district school calendar but Canton City Schools calendar for snow days
- A school day is 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Class size is eight students to a room. We have four classrooms.
Classroom 1 Staff
l to r: Phil Kennard, Jessie Hawk, Emily Gehring
Classroom 2 Staff
l to r: Kelly Routh, Ashley Casterline, Moriah Howes
Classroom 3 Staff:
l to r: Tom Trachsel, Kristine Twigg, Tori Fleming, Sunni Abney, Alyssa Chuckalovchak
Classroom 4 Staff:
l to r: Jessica Iwasyk, Chris Ball, Rob McBride