Daybreak Youth Services Program Policies


Daybreak facilities are totally tobacco-free. The use of tobacco in and outside the facility is prohibited.  Clients are expected to remain tobacco-free during their entire inpatient stay, including during therapeutic outings with their families. We also ask that visitors refrain from use of tobacco while on the Daybreak campus.


Clients may make and receive phone calls unless calls are restricted because of behavior or other problems. The best times to call during the week are:

  • VANCOUVER – Daily, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • SPOKANE – Daily , 5-7:15

Daily Phone calls are limited to 10 minutes and are loosely monitored by staff members. If there are family emergencies, please let a staff member know before speaking to the client.


Clients will not have money in their possession while they are in treatment. Funds can be deposited into a spending account through the Business Office. An initial amount of $50 is normally sufficient. This spending account can be used for hygiene items, stamps, over-the-counter medications, etc.  Any other use of the client money must be approved with the primary counselor who consults with the parent or guardian.


Personal music devices are allowed subject to program guidelines. Daybreak provides MP3 players for check out with a deposit. MP3 players from home are prohibited.


All visitors must be approved by parents/guardians and Daybreak staff:

  • Spokane facility visiting hours: 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 9-11 a.m. on Sundays.
  • Vancouver facility visiting hours: 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Alternate visiting times can be arranged through the primary counselors.

Therapeutic Outings

The primary counselor will work with family members and clients to arrange outings when it fits with the treatment plan. Family members will be expected to participate in family education prior to outings. We ask that family members maintain close observation of the client during these brief times away from the facility.

Clients with behavior issues are not allowed to leave the building.

Criminal History and Health Background

We do not refuse service based solely on arrests or probation.

Many of our clinicians are dually licensed as Chemical Dependency Professionals and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  All of our staff receive regular training on behavioral and mental health disorders.

If we believe a client can be better served in another institution or program, we will make that recommendation at the time of assessment.


All meals are prepared by staff. We serve well-balanced, nutritious meals. A physician’s note indicating special dietary requirements is required upon intake.  We do everything we can to accommodate these needs. We also strive to keep sugar and caffeine intake at a minimum during treatment. Food is not permitted in client rooms.


All residents should have physical exams before entry into Daybreak.  Emergency services are available 24/7.

If a client needs medical attention, local family members are encouraged to transport their teens to their family doctors. We will provide transport as needed.


Clients who are taking prescription medications should bring at least a 30-day, bubble-packed supply.The pharmacist that filled the prescription should be able to bubble pack them for you. If the pharmacy will not bubble-pack, the medication will need to be brought to intake in the original container with the prescription/doctor’s orders attached to them. The parent or guardian will then bubble pack during the intake process.

During intake parent or legal guardian will approve or limit the over the counter medications listed on the approved medications list, authorized by our medical director. Over the counter medications are available at Daybreak.

If the client regularly takes a non-prescription medication, they will need to bring them to treatment in the original unopened containers. If you have any questions regarding the approved medications list, you can call (509) 624-3227.

All medications will be locked in storage until needed, when the client will self-administer under staff supervision.

Spiritual Practice, Chores and Community Services

Clients are assigned daily household chores as part of the treatment plan and to encourage development of responsibility and caring for their environment. Clients with community service hours to complete can sometimes be assigned special work assignments during their free time.

Run Away Policy

In the instance of a run, Daybreak staff  will file a run report with the local police. The client’s family, caseworker, and/or probation officer will also be contacted.

Daybreak Youth Services

Daybreak has been successfully treating teens for drug and alcohol addiction since 1978. We are committed to serving teens and their families, and have become an innovative leader in the youth drug and alcohol treatment field. We operate outpatient and inpatient treatment programs in Eastern and Western Washington. Daybreak serves teens from around the Northwest. Together, Daybreak’s programs serve more than 1,000 adolescents each year.

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