Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can be treated?
Treatment at Daytop New Jersey is designed to meet the needs of the vulnerable adolescent (males and females ages 13 – 18 years).

Placement is determined by formal diagnosis based on the American Society of Addiction medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement practices. The Daytop NJ treatment program is unique in that our substance abuse, medical, mental health, family and educational services are fully integrated utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach. Treatment is behaviorally based and individualized to meet the needs of each adolescent.

2. What type of treatment do you offer and how long is it?

Outpatient Treatment
Treatment is 1 ½ – 3 hours per week 1 or 2 days per week. Intensive outpatient is 9 hours per week – over a 3 day period. Treatment usually occurs between 4PM – 7PM. Family and individual counseling is scheduled as needed.

Intensive Outpatient Program
Available to adolescents who need some structure and external control but who can reside in their family environment and attend their home school. Length of stay is determined by individual progress and is continuously evaluated. Treatment is at least 9 hours per week, with family and individual sessions occurring outside of this framework.

Day Treatment
Available to adolescents who need a controlled, structured setting during school hours, but who can return home each day. Treatment progress is continually monitored and evaluated. Treatment is 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Includes a High School education as well as individual, group, and family therapy.

Residential Treatment
Available to adolescents who need a controlled, full time, structured setting to function effectively. Treatment can be short term (1 to 3 months) or long term (4 to 12 months). Treatment progress is continuously monitored and evaluated. A full High School education is offered and on–line college classes are available to High School graduates while in residential treatment. The student's High School diploma will be documented as having come from their local High School. Treatment is either medically determined or an alternative to incarceration.

3. Will there be an ability to get treatment and still stay in school?
For an adolescent, recovery is impossible without addressing his or her educational needs. Daytop NJ recognizes that a strong academic program is an essential component to change a substance–abusing adolescent into a contributing member of society.

The Daytop Preparatory School is a Special Education School for classified students who have a co–existing substance abuse disorder. The school offers a Liberal Arts education with a full range of academic studies for high school students, grades 9 – 12.

A full High School education is offered and on–line college classes are available to High School graduates while in residential treatment. The student's High School diploma will be documented as having come from their local High School.

4. How is treatment paid for?
We accept most insurance, managed care plans and private payment. A financial screening determines if a family is eligible for a host of state and county grants. Costs not covered are based on a sliding scale.