Daytop Addiction Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

What takes place during a regular day in treatment?
That’s not a short answer because there are so many different modalities at Daytop. There are a few activities which are universal − morning meeting, where everyone gathers for information and the program for the day. Meals are eaten together. Everyone will probably attend a group counseling session, but there are many types of groups. Adolescents attend school, and so may some adults. Everyone has a job function at their facility, but there are many different ones. All days, whether at an Outreach or residential, adolescent or adult, are structured with some counseling, learning, and relaxation.
What is the average age in treatment?
The average age for adults in Residential treatment is 35.8, and in the Outpatient programs 34.9 years.
The average age for adolescents (defined as under 21) in Residential treatment is 17.9, and in the Outpatient programs 17.6 years. Only a few adolescent clients are under the age of 15.
Is the family involved in the client’s treatment?
Family involvement is encouraged for all clients − all ages, treatment types, and stages. Please see the Family Services section for more information.
Are all your staff members graduates of the program?
Some certainly are. It’s a powerful example for our clients to see staff members who at one time were where they are, and now are living sober, full lives. However, we hire people to fill all the professional positions within the agency, including doctors, social workers, all kinds of therapists, and other specially trained staff. Yes, some of them are graduates of Daytop as well, but not all of them.
Is Daytop a Catholic organization?
Daytop is nonsectarian. Although founded by a priest, Daytop is not allied with the Catholic church or any other specific religion. However, all religious holidays are recognized and celebrated, and clients are encouraged to pursue spiritual activities if they wish.

Looking for Help

My child is doing drugs and I am not getting support from the school, what can I do?
First, have you spoken with the guidance and social work staff at the school? Teachers aren’t always aware of the available options.
Second, seek outside assistance with support groups like the Daytop Family Association. Many people who attend these groups have had similar situations and can tell you what actions they took.
How can I help my husband/ wife/ son/ daughter who needs treatment, but does not want to hear about treatment?
First, attend a Family Association meeting. The people there have been in the same situation you are now, and can give you assistance in many ways. They will also give you support whether your significant other gets into treatment or not.

New to Daytop

What items are allowed when entering residential treatment?
Residential clients may bring two pieces of luggage, with approximately one week’s worth of clothing, plus seasonally appropriate items. Adults may bring toiletries; they will be supplied for adolescents. Do not bring jewelry, money, books, CDs. A specific list will be supplied prior to entering the program. Anything additionally needed will be supplied, and excess will be donated or returned home when possible.
What can family members bring at the time of visit?
The client’s clinical counselor must approve anything brought by family members, prior to the visit.
Why am I not able to contact my husband/wife or know if they are at your facility?
There are two things which may affect communication about a loved one in treatment.
The first has to do with the laws protecting clients’ rights. State and Federal Confidentiality Laws, as well as HIPPA Regulations (much like those you receive and sign at the Doctor’s Office) prohibit staff from disclosing any information without a written consent form from their client. We cannot even acknowledge whether this person is here or not, without this consent. When clients enter the program, they are urged to sign a consent, but this is voluntary. We can listen to anything YOU have to say. However, we can not respond with any information about the client.
The second thing has to do with your loved one’s status in treatment. When a client enters the residential program, one initial phone contact is allowed. After this call, all privileges must be earned. There are structured levels of privileges, including phone calls and visits. The client’s behavior determines the privileges earned.
Neither of these reasons is meant to frustrate a client’s family and friends. We hope you understand these situations, and can trust that your loved one is in a safe environment.

Intake / Insurance / Cost

Do you treat MICA patients?
A MICA designation (Mental Illness, Chemical Abuse) can mean a variety of things, depending on the individual. If someone has a diagnosis of depression or anxiety, for example, and their condition is stable with medication, they may be admitted into a Daytop program. Other people, however, have mental illnesses which manifest with violence or hallucinations. If a person is likely to hurt themselves or others, they are not suitable for substance abuse treatment at Daytop. Therefore, admittance depends on mental health history and case by case evaluation.
Do you accept insurance? What type of insurance do you accept?
Yes, Daytop does accept insurance. We are listed as a provider on some plans, and may apply for an exception in others, and then that decision is up to the health plan administrators. We also accept Medicaid payments.
My son/daughter/spouse does not have any insurance, and is not employed so how do we pay?
If the prospective client is an adolescent, their parent or guardian is responsible for payment, so this depends on the family’s financial situation.
If the client is an adult, Daytop does a financial assessment to see if the individual is eligible for public assistance. If the person is married, the government takes into account the income of the spouse in determining eligibility for assistance. Also, if the client has assets, the government will put a lien on those until the client pays the money back.


Is medication allowed if a person needs it for a particular health issue?
Health issues are reviewed by Daytop medical staff and medications are prescribed, if necessary, for residential clients. Ambulatory clients are under the care of their own physician and are expected to notify Daytop staff as to their health status and medications.
Can you be on Methadone maintenance?
Daytop does not maintain patients on methadone in the residential setting. Ambulatory methadone patients may apply for admission to a Daytop Outpatient Program if Daytop can provide a service that their Methadone Maintenance Program does not provide.
Do you have H.I.V. counseling?
Daytop provides HIV testing, counseling, and education about behavioral risk reduction.