2022 Edition

Day Treatment Services (CA-DTX) 7: Education Services

The organization provides or arranges for individuals to receive education services and supports to help them achieve their educational and/or vocational goals.


Organizations that do not provide educational services on-site should coordinate with schools or community-based providers to meet the educational needs of all people. When organizations do not directly provide or arrange education services, case records should indicate that education plans are integrated into treatment plans and document advocacy for areas of unmet educational need. Education services will vary depending on the population served.




Individuals who receive Day Treatment Services improve psychosocial, educational, vocational, and cognitive functioning, and learn to manage their symptoms.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.

Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,

  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active participation of persons served occurs to a considerable extent.

Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,

  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several case records are missing important information; or
  • Participation of persons served is inconsistent. 
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Procedures for developing and/or integrating education plans
  • Procedures for coordinating education services with community-based providers, if applicable
  • Proof of certification, accreditation, or registration, as applicable
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Persons served
  • Review case records


CA-DTX 7.01

A comprehensive, coordinated education plan is developed and integrated into the service plan for any person who has educational goals, or vocational goals that include an educational component.


If the organization does not participate in the development of the education plan, it must still integrate each person's education plan into their service plan.


CA-DTX 7.02

People pursuing educational goals are enrolled in an appropriate education program on-site or in the community that is approved, certified, accredited, registered, or operated by or in conjunction with the local school district.


CA-DTX 7.03

The education program incorporates effective instructional practices, quality curriculum design, and educational tools and supports for diverse learning needs of children and youth.
NA The organization does not provide day treatment services to school-age children or youth.

NA The organization does not directly provide the education program or develop education plans for children or youth.
Examples: Diverse learning needs can include children who require support due to a learning disability, are learning English as an additional language, or are intellectually gifted.


CA-DTX 7.04

The organization provides or arranges, as needed:
  1. tutoring;
  2. preparation for a high school equivalency diploma;
  3. university preparation; 
  4. parent/teacher meetings; 
  5. vocational or continuing education opportunities; and/or 
  6. advocacy and support.