Standards for public agencies

2020 Edition

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

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


Agencies that do not provide educational services on-site should coordinate with schools or community-based providers to meet the educational needs of all individuals. 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.
2020 Edition




Individuals who receive Day Treatment Services improve psychosocial, educational, vocational, and cognitive functioning, and learn to manage their symptoms.
Full Implementation, Outstanding Performance
A rating of (1) indicates that the agency's practices fully meet the standard and reflect a high level of capacity.  
  • All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, with rare or no exceptions: exceptions do not impact service quality or agency performance. 
Substantial Implementation, Good Performance
A rating of (2) indicates that an agency's infrastructure and practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
  • The majority of the standards requirements have been met and the basic framework required by the standard has been implemented. 
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality or agency performance.

Partial Implementation, Concerning Performance
A rating of (3) indicates that the agency's observed infrastructure and/or practices require significant improvement.  

  • The agency has not implemented the basic framework of the standard but instead has in place only part of this framework.  
  • Omissions or exceptions to the practices outlined in the standard occur regularly, or practices are implemented in a cursory or haphazard manner.  
  • Service quality or agency functioning may be compromised.  
  • Capacity is at a basic level.
Unsatisfactory Implementation or Performance
A rating of (4) indicates that implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.  
  • The agency’s observed service delivery infrastructure and practices are weak or non-existent; or show signs of neglect, stagnation, or deterioration.
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

PA-DTX 7.01

A comprehensive, coordinated education plan is developed and integreated into the service plan for individuals with educational goals or vocational goals that include an educational component.


If the agency does not participate in the development of the education plan, it must still integrate each individual’s education plan into their service plan.

PA-DTX 7.02

Individuals 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.

PA-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 agency does not provide day treatment services to school-age children or youth.

NA The agency 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.

PA-DTX 7.04

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