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Children's Hope

horseback-ridingThe Day Treatment Program was created to fill the needs of children not needing residential care, but who require more care than outpatient services. The program includes psycho educational groups that include coping skills, stress management, abuse group and drug education; weekly equine assisted psychotherapy group,  weekly individual therapy session,  weekly family therapy session and a weekly medication evaluation by a psychiatrist.

The Day Program is useful in providing support to family members, foster families, and adoptive parents when their children are having behavioral/emotional difficulties. We also suggest using the program before displacing a child from a foster home into a Residential Center. The program can also help facilitate a move from a Residential Center back in to the foster home, placement, or home.

Children’s Hope Day Treatment is a program to address the needs of children, ages 5 – 17, from the surrounding communities who need more structure and intervention than outpatient services can provide.  These children may be experiencing a vast array of difficulties ranging from self-injurious behaviors, depression, academic/behavioral problems, anger outburst, drug abuse, to being overly defiant and rebellious.

If there is a question of what type of treatment your child may need, Children’s Hope can provide an assessment to determine what treatment is recommended to address your child’s needs. (Outpatient, Day Treatment, Acute Hospitalization, Residential Treatment.)


  • The children’s ages typically range from 5 to 17 years of age, with exceptions as agreed upon by the treatment team.
  • Acting out in school and/or in the home (defiance, running away, verbal/physical aggression, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviors, and etc.)
  • The child is not responding to traditional outpatient counseling.
  • The child may be a danger to self or others.

The guardian/parent does not have to wait until there is a crisis to look into the Day Program. It can be an alternative to, or a prevention of disrupting a placement. The Day Program can also be a transition tool to help the child transition into a less restrictive environment. (RTC to foster home, foster home to adopted or biological home, etc.)

The primary goal of Day Treatment is to address emotional, mental and behavioral difficulties your child may be experiencing to promote success within the home, school, and community.  

The therapy and psychoeducational groups may include:  Process Group, Social Skills, Moral Dilemma/Ethics, Equine (Horse) Assisted Psychotherapy, Drug Education, Anger Management, Assertiveness Training, Communication, Sexual Abuse, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management, and Recreational Therapy.

Quality services are provided by competent professional staff made up of numerous disciplines to include child psychiatrist, counselors, social workers, educators, and an overall staff of highly trained individuals.  

The program provides services to the family as a whole and requires participation on the part of family members.

Most insurance companies will cover the Day Treatment Program. Cenpatico/Chip and Private Insurance. Cenpatico/ Star Medicaid provides Day Treatment Services to children in the custody of Texas Department of Family & Protective Services.

The Day Treatment Program works closely with foster parents, house parents and child care workers to help prevent disruption of current placement.