Day Treatment

Edgewood's Day Treatment Program is composed of a comprehensive and integrated, educational (Non-Public School) and mental health (Day Treatment Intensive) program. The children and youth we serve, ages 6-17, have been unsuccessful on public school campuses due to severe behavioral and mental health issues. These clients may be day students, living in the community, or residential students, living in one of Edgewood's residential cottages.

Employees work closely with each student and his or her family in an individualized and flexible manner, in order to foster the emotional, social, and academic skills necessary to transition from Edgewood to a less restrictive school and mental health placement.

program services

Edgewood Day Treatment offers the following services:

  • Care Management
  • Therapeutic Milieu (with a designated clinical "Treatment Manager")
  • Education (Non-Public School)
  • Individual and group Psychotherapy
  • Social skill development
  • Emotional skill development
  • Behavior analysis and behavioral planning
  • Crisis intervention
  • Family Therapy/Family Conferencing
  • Psychiatric/Medications/Nursing services


 Edgewood San Francisco Campus

Who It Helps

The Day Treatment program helps children and youth with severe psychiatric difficulties that are not manageable at home, at school or in the wider community.

The program accepts referrals from departments of social service, health, mental health, and probation;  juvenile courts; schools; parents; and other mental health facilities, such as hospitals and other placement institutions. Student's must enter and exit the program through the I.E.P. process.

program goals

The Day Treatment program works toward the following goals:

  • Transition each child and youth to a less restrictive school placement where the child or youth has greater access to general education and non-disabled peers.
  • Achieve competence in basic academic skills, as well as provide full access to opportunities to meet age-appropriate academic standards
  • Develop in each child or youth the ability to advocate for special educational needs based upon a greater awareness of strengths, challenges, and effective compensatory strategies
  • Build the skills necessary to tolerate the demands of more mainstream educational and community settings

partners and funders

 The Children's Center at Langley Porter, part of University of California San Francisco, has an acclaimed Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Residents in this program do their clinical work at Edgewood's beautiful campus in San Francisco's Sunset neighborhood.

key facts

  • Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders.  They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's "character" or intelligence.
  • Without treatment the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering: unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, suicide and wasted lives; The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 100 billion dollars each year in the United States.

contact us

Day Treatment Program

Michael Clumeck
Intake Director
Main: 415.682.3172
Fax: 415.664.7094