Day Treatment

Children who are struggling with behavioral or attachment issues will often struggle in a typical classroom setting. Children’s Hope Alliance’s day treatment program provides students with greater behavioral and therapeutic support by maintaining balance between education and therapeutic issues.

Program Highlights:

  • serves ages 5-18 (Iredell County) and 10-18 (Avery County), and youth must meet Medicaid eligibility
  • services are provided in a public school environment, typically at an alternative school site; average length of treatment is 1-2 semesters
  • referrals are made by school staff and authorized by the child’s insurance company with the goal of providing students with skills that will help them succeed when they transfer back into a traditional classroom
  • each treatment environment is staffed by a certified teacher, a qualified mental health professional, and a licensed clinician – each site also has a Program Manager. The teachers are provided by the child’s school system and maintain a focus on academics, while the treatment staff focuses on treatment related to: identified needs and deficits in behavior, social skills, self-regulation, and symptom management
  • parent participation in team meetings, classroom events and parent education/skill development opportunities are provided to offer support to the entire family


A campus-based, independent North Carolina public charter school, Grandfather Academy, has been established to meet the educational needs of children served by Children’s Hope Alliance and children in and around Avery County. Treatment staff associated with residential treatment work continuously in each classroom to ensure continuity in treatment programming and to help school staff maintain a focus on educational activities.

Program Highlights:

  •  located in Banner Elk, Grandfather Academy serves students in 6th – 12th grade
  • special educational opportunities for students who have been hurt by emotional, sexual or other abuse
  • multiple opportunities for each student to experience belonging, generosity, mastery and independence
  • daily contact between our staff and professional parents to review behavioral and treatment outcomes and needs
  • educational program provides an emotionally supportive environment that allows children to experience academic success
  • students at Grandfather Academy are given specialized individualized treatment based on their behavioral and academic needs

For more information, call 1-800-395-2591.