Academic Services

Day Treatment Summer Program (May – August)

At CHNK Behavioral Health, we believe all children deserve the opportunity to go to summer camp! So we are thrilled to offer a summer program for elementary school age youth with behavioral health needs that prevent them from participating in traditional summer camp environments. We are accepting referrals into the summer program now and will continue to do so until we reach capacity.

Who: Our program is designed specifically for students in kindergarten through 5th grade and who experience aggression, impulse control, suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, lagging social skills, family challenges, or other issues that are the result of mental health disorders and/or trauma. Program eligibility is determined during an initial assessment and subsequent insurance authorization. Please note, commercial insurance does not typically cover this type of program, so participation is primarily limited to Medicaid and private pay families.

What to Expect: This is a summer-long extension of our current Day Treatment program. Our team will provide daily therapeutic support and social skills training, as well as help participants develop coping strategies and other ways to self-regulate their emotions – all of which will help summer camp participants prepare for a successful 2019-2020 school year! This will all be accomplished through recreation, including art, music, sports, and more. Your child will get to play with purpose! Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

Where: The program takes place at CHNK’s Devou Park campus (200 Home Road) from 8:30AM to 12:30PM each week day. Transportation to and from camp is offered to students in Covington Independent Public Schools. Additional school districts may have transportation available if the number of participating students from a particular district warrants it. Parents or guardians are also welcome to drop off and pick up their participating children.

How to make a referral: Call 1.844.YES.CHNK or click the image below to view the program flyer and registration form. Completed forms can either be scanned/emailed to gethelp@chnk.org or mailed to 525 W. Fifth Street, Suite 219, Covington, KY 41011.

Day Treatment

CHNK’s Day Treatment program provides therapeutic, academic services to elementary school age youth in Northern Kentucky. Students in the program struggle to navigate a traditional classroom environment due to mental health barriers. This approach to education creates an environment in which these students can better manage anxiety, impulse control, and other behavioral disorders while still engaging in learning. Services are offered in partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS).

On any given day, up to 14 elementary school students attend class in a dedicated building on CHNK’s Devou Park campus. A full-time CIPS elementary teacher and teacher’s assistant educate the students using a curriculum that meets Kentucky education standards.

Two full-time CHNK therapists and two treatment specialists complement the academic services with behavioral health services. This includes teaching students the skills needed to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors.

Therapeutic Day School

Launched at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, CHNK’s award-winning therapeutic day school marries traditional academic services with treatment services for high-risk student populations. Throughout the school day, middle school and high school students have access to individual, group, and recreation therapy, crisis management, addiction treatment, and an onsite licensed medical team.

CHNK operates the school in partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS); CHNK’s Devou Park location serves as the school’s unique campus. The school includes eight classrooms, multiple academic and treatment offices, a computer lab, a media room/library, and a student learning kitchen. Students are taught the same curriculum that they would be taught in a traditional school environment, just at a different pace. The length of time a student participates varies; some students successfully reintegrate into their home school within 6 to 8 weeks, while others require a longer participation period.

Some of CHNK’s clients in residential care also attend the therapeutic day school via two self-contained classrooms. In addition to CIPS teachers in their classrooms, CHNK employs two school liaisons (one in each of the two classrooms) who can directly and immediately assist with any behavioral issues that may occur.

For four consecutive years, the therapeutic day school has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as an “Alternative Program of Distinction.”