Adolescent Therapeutic Day School

The Adolescent Therapeutic Day School is a comprehensive special education/partial hospitalization program, which integrates psychiatric and special education services. The program provides intensive psychiatric treatment to adolescents (ages 14-21) who present with serious emotional disorders and are in need of specialized educational services. The program works intensively with the referred adolescents and families to maintain them within the community while promoting healthy growth and development.

All courses offer credit towards high school graduation. The Education Program assists patients by focusing on personal growth as well as academic needs. Meetings throughout the school year are scheduled with districts' Child Study Teams in order to provide updated information regarding progress and to assist the family and school districts with appropriate placement when the adolescent leaves the program.

Clinical Services

Comprehensive Clinical Services provide all students with the emotional and behavioral support needed to address treatment issues. The integration of clinical and education services ensures that all factors interfering with an adolescent's ability to have success in school and in the community are addressed. Services include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment
  • Medication Management
  • Comprehensive Nursing Services
  • Behavioral Feedback System
  • Family Support Groups

Educational Services

The Adolescent Therapeutic Day School is an approved public college operated special education facility, which is staffed by certified special education teachers highly qualified in their areas of expertise. Each student is assigned a primary educator who assumes the role of special contact person for both the student and the student's parents concerning school matters. Periodic phone contacts, in addition to parent/teacher meetings, are encouraged. Students and their families receive Educational Progress Reports on a semi-monthly schedule. Comprehensive Annual Review, Mid-Year, End-of-Year, and Extended School Year Educational Reports are provided to parents and Child Study Teams. A discharge recommendation regarding the needs of each student is provided by the educational staff for planning purposes by the Child Study Team.

The following educational programs are offered:

English Literature
English Composition
Mathematics/Applications for Life Skills
Algebra I & II
U.S. History I & II
World History
World Geography
Vocational Studies
Physical Education
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Health: Family Life Education Enrichment

Culinary Arts
PE: Creative Dramatics
PE: Creative Movement/Dance
Conversational Spanish
Music Appreciation
Piano Instruction
Guitar Instruction
Extra curricular clubs and committees

Additional Program Components

  • Speech and Language Therapy as needed
  • Occupational Therapy as needed
  • Family Newsletter
  • Students' Literary Magazine
  • Educational Field Trips

Student Referral Process

Classified students, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14 average/above average students, ages 13-21 who require placement in the following types of special class programs:

  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Behavioral Disabilities
  • Learning and/or Language Disabilities
  • Other classifications, as appropriate

Written referrals with the student's child study team records are reviewed prior to a scheduled intake meeting. Parents/guardians and students are required to attend the intake interviews, and resident district child study team members are encouraged to attend.

Referrals or inquiries about the program should be directed to the Program Manager or Education Supervisor at 732 235 4677. The mailing address is:

Adolescent Therapeutic Day School
University Behavioral HealthCare
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
671 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854-1392