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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions




What type of treatment method does Daybreak utilize?

Because of the diverse range of clients we serve, and the range of complicated psychological and behavioral issues we attempt to address, our program design is based upon a combination of concepts and evidence-based methods including:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Object Relations Theory
  • 12-step recovery

Does Daybreak treat individuals who are over the age of 18?

Daybreak’s programs are for youth only and do not include adults in treatment. If an individual enrolled in our residential Substance Use Disorder program turns 18 while in treatment, they will be allowed to complete their treatment plan.

Is your program licensed and accredited?

Yes. Daybreak is licensed and certified by the Washington State Department of Health and the Division of Social and Health Services. Additionally, we’ve earned full 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International). All of our programs adhere to industry best practices and meet criteria set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as Level III medically monitored programs.

What forms of insurance do you take?

Daybreak accepts Medicaid (Washington Apple Health & Oregon Health Plan) and most private insurance. Take a look at our Payment Options page for more information.




What is the average length of stay for residential clients?

Because our clients receive highly personalized care at Daybreak, we are not a set in stone 30- or 45-day program. Instead, a client’s length of stay is variable and based on individual needs. The average length of stay is 60 to 90 days.

What is the phone policy?

Upon admission to Daybreak, clients are placed on a five-day “orientation” period. During this time, clients can call family members with supervision from their primary counselor, but they do not have personal phone call time. This five-day period is designed to help clients become more familiar with the daily schedule, rules, Daybreak staff and their peers. It also helps to create a more positive transition into residential treatment.

After the “orientation” period, clients are free to make and receive phone calls unless calls are restricted due to behavioral or other problems. Long distance calls are allowed and pre-paid phone cards are not required. Typically, the best times to call during the week are:

Brush Prairie: Daily, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Spokane: Daily, 5-7:15 p.m.

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

How do clients keep up with schoolwork during treatment?

The daily client schedule includes time for schoolwork, and we have school teachers on staff who work with clients in a group setting, adapting their learning programs to the academic needs of each individual. Clients will have the opportunity to learn high school-equivalent credits during their stay.

What is the visitation policy and can I show up unannounced?

All client visitors must be approved by parents/guardians and Daybreak staff. Head to our visitation page for a list of visitation hours by location. If you would like to arrange an alternate visiting time, please speak to the client’s primary counselor. Visitors are asked not to bring outside food or other items for the client unless pre-approved by the primary counselor.

How can I support my child in treatment?

Family participation in therapy has proven to dramatically increase recovery success. Attending group sessions, utilizing visitation hours and participating in weekly phone calls are great ways to demonstrate your support. 

Does Daybreak accommodate dietary restrictions?

Yes. All meals for inpatient clients are prepared by Daybreak’s kitchen staff, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated with the presence of a physician’s note upon intake. Daybreak strives to keep sugar and caffeine intake at a minimum during treatment.

What should I pack?

Head to our Packing Lists page for a list of items that you’ll want to bring (and keep at home) for residential treatment.

Does Daybreak accept involuntary clients?

Daybreak does accept parent-initiated clients as well as voluntary clients. Involuntary treatment initiated by a noncustodial party (friend, neighbor, school official, etc.) under “Ricky’s Law” will be available at a later date.


Evaluation & Treatment


What is the length of stay for Evaluation & Treatment clients?

The length of stay is 1 to 14 days, depending on individual needs.

Do you have medical staff at your facilities?

Yes. Daybreak’s medical team includes a psychiatric nurse practitioner, on-site nursing staff and a medical director.

What sort of behavior would prevent Daybreak from being able to admit a patient?

Daybreak is unable to admit patients who are displaying aggressive behavior in multiple domains (school, home, community center, etc.).


We’ll be adding more FAQs to this page in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you didn’t find the answers you were looking for, check out our Policies & Procedures page. You can also contact us with additional questions.