Residential Services

Statewide In-Patient Psychiatric program (SIPP)/Residential Treatment

Daniel’s Statewide In-Patient Psychiatric program (SIPP) provides children exhibiting the most severe symptoms of mental and emotional distress with intensive residential treatment over four- to six-month periods. Each child receives comprehensive care that includes individual, group, and family counseling, as well as psychiatric treatment, from a dedicated team of professionals, consisting of a psychiatrist, therapist, behaviorist, nurse, and recreation specialist.

Children in the SIPP program reside in three secure cottages situated on 10 wooded acres that include a swimming pool, basketball court, computer lab, art room and field space for active outside play. This therapeutic environment enables them to interact with other children and apply the coping and social skills they learn in a structured environment with the support, encouragement and guidance of professionals.

Daniel’s treatment team coordinates all aspects of their care to ensure maximum benefit, including medication, dietary requirements, therapy, family counseling, medical and dental care, and even specialized therapy for speech, occupational and physical improvement. The children’s academic needs are addressed in coordination with Duval County Schools’ Hospital Homebound Program and through Daniel’s full-time certified teacher who provides supplemental instruction and tutoring.

Parents and related caregivers also receive training and family counseling while their children are being treated at Daniel. These efforts ensure they have the skills necessary to reinforce their children’s progress upon their return home or movement to additional supportive care.

Specialty Services

At Daniel, our treatment is comprised of professionals from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. You will be confident knowing that your child is receiving quality care through our residential program. In addition to family therapy and individual therapy, we offer these specialty services:

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Sexual Reactive Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Behavior Management Program
  • Sexual Abuse Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Educational Services
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Activities Therapy

SIPP Contact: For more information regarding this program and how you can obtain help for a child, please contact the Daniel Admissions team at 296-1055 extension 2340, or via email at

Specialized Therapeutic Group Home

Daniel’s Mills House is a specialized therapeutic group home for youth ages 12 – 17 with serious emotional problems and the need to improve their behavior as well as connections with family, peers, and the community. The group home is a residential program to help adolescents and teens learn new, more positive ways to connect and communicate, helping them feel better about themselves and function better at home, in school and with their friends. While living at Mills House, residents will receive therapeutic services in a structured, supervised and caring environment. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide a supportive environment for kids while teaching skills that will help them successfully return home or to other less restrictive environments. The program utilizes a diverse and skilled team of psychiatrists, therapists, nursing, and daily care staff to provide 24-hour care for the duration of each resident’s stay.

Youth who attend Mills House reside in a home style cottage with a living room, multi-purpose room, kitchen, dining room, staff offices, and six bedrooms accommodating up to 12 residents. The group home is co-ed, but opposite sex bedrooms are on opposing sides of the house. Youth attend their home school and remain active in community activities during their stay. Youth participate in various structured therapeutic activities including: individual, group & family therapy, life skills training weekly to address topics such as coping skills, problem solving, social skills and conflict resolution.

Residents also have weekly opportunities to participate in spiritual enrichment groups, recreational and educational outings, and activities with community partners, volunteer groups and much more. All activities include continuous positive support and supervision.

Parents remain involved with their children by participating in family nights, in which they are able to share a meal and visit with their child, as well as participate in a parent group to receive support, information and resources from a therapist. Parents participate in family therapy, child’s treatment, after care and discharge planning.

Group Home Contact: For more information regarding this program and how you can obtain help for a child, please contact Group Home Director Elizabeth Sizler at 904-772-5154 or via email at

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Q. How does the referral process work?

A. Children must be recommended for inpatient treatment by a Florida licensed psychiatrist or psychologist.  Each child must be approved by their insurance for residential treatment.  Daniel accepts CMS Title 19 and 21 insurance as well as Medicaid.  In specific circumstances, state funding may be available for children with private insurance who are able to demonstrate their insurance does not provide any coverage for residential treatment.  For more details about the referral process please contact our admissions department at or at 904-296-1055 x2340.

Q. What is the average length of stay?

The average length of stay for the program averages three to six months.  The length of stay for each child varies based on the child’s progress in the program and the recommendations of the child’s treatment team.

A. Where will my child go to school?

While at SIPP, all residents continue their education by attending school daily. School facilities are located on the Daniel campus and offer specific training in learning strategies in addition to state & county educational requirements. Children are enrolled in a program called “Hospital Homebound”, which allows a child to earn the necessary school credits they need to stay on track with their grade in school.

Q. What happens when my child is ready to return home?

A. Discharge planning begins on the day of admittance.  From the first day forward, development of a discharge plan is ongoing.  Factors influencing the date of discharge are numerous, but the resident’s progress is strongly influential in coordination of discharge. After stabilization is achieved, the resident may be approved for day or overnight passes with family or a potential placement home or caregivers. Any and all visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the program manager and clinical staff.  These visits allow the child and parent to practice the skills they have learned in residential treatment in the home setting. The clinical team will review the child’s behavior during these passes and work with the child and family on needs identified during these passes.  All families are also provided with a behavioral home life plan to implement during home passes and after discharge.  Prior to discharge, our team ensures the child is set up with community support services such as medication management, therapy, and case management services.  Parents are also provided with a 24 hour support hotline.

Admission Information

Eligible children must:

  • Be between the ages of 5 and 17
  • Reside in Florida 
  • Exhibit symptoms of a severe psychiatric diagnosis, which result in significant impairments in school, family or interpersonal relationships, or pose a threat to themselves or others
  • Have had prior crisis hospitalization or have utilized related community services that have not successfully resolved their symptoms of severe mental and emotional distress
  • Be recommended by a Florida licensed psychiatrist or psychologist for inpatient psychiatric care
  • Be in good medical health
  • Possess age appropriate cognitive abilities

Insurance information

Daniel accepts the following insurances:

  • Sunshine Health Care Plan
  • Magellan Complete Care
  • First Coast Advantage
  • WellCare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • Children’s Medical Service
  • Children’s Medical Services Title 19 and 21

Contact: For more information regarding this program and how you can obtain help for a child, please contact the Daniel Admissions team at 296-1055 extension 2340, or via email at