Day Treatment Night Watch Program
Day Treatment Night Watch is a program of the St. Clair County Circuit Court,
Family Division. It is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Begun in June
1996, the program is predicated on the ideal of serving the children of our
community within our community whenever possible. Children referred are on
probation. They along with their parent(s) or guardians are Court ordered to
participate in the program. Children benefiting from this unique program present
with home, school and community behavioral issues. The program allows a child to
remain within their own home, while providing a whole range of programming such
as drug screening, individual counseling, education, family support groups,
recreational services and daily surveillance monitoring.
Education within the Day Treatment Night Watch program is provided by the St.
Clair County Learning Academy, a charter school under the auspices of RESA. A
total of 30 children typically attend the program at any time, with the split
being 20 high school aged and 10 middle school students. Classes taken / credits
earned while in the program are all fully transferable to the child’s home
school when they exit this program.
Through a contract with St. Clair County Community Mental Health, clinical
services are provided on-site by three state licensed clinicians. The full range
of mental health services including individual, family, group and psychiatric
services are available to program participants based upon individual need.
Parents participate to enhance their parenting skills and learn how to best
manage their child’s behavior. Children are given the opportunity to make better
choices and enhance interpersonal skills.
Regular program operations are generally 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with surveillance
monitoring occurring at all hours thereafter. Surveillance of the youth is done
by home visits and by phone.
St. Clair County Day Treatment Night Watch Program
1238 Michigan Road
Port Huron, MI 48060
Jim Gilan, Program Director
Craig Chipman, Program Coordinator