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William W. Jepson Day Treatment Program

900 S. 8th Street
Blue Building, 4th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Phone: 612-873-4304
Fax: 612-904-4304

Referrals and Intakes

Patients or their caregivers can schedule an intake appointment by calling the program. Internal referrals are made via EPIC, and external referrals are made via fax. Some patients may qualify for expedited intake, admission, or orientation. Please contact the program number for details.

About us

The William W. Jepson Day Treatment Program (DTP) is an intensive, outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation program. DTP at HCMC collaborates with individuals recovering from serious mental illness to use their personal strengths, link them to supportive community resources, and increase hope. Our holistic programs have been designed to provide intensive, structured, recovery-oriented mental health care.

We are located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, on Hennepin County Medical Center's (HCMC) main campus. Our team is comprised of highly-trained, multidisciplinary staff including physicians, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, and a registered nurse.

Admission Criteria

DTP serves individuals who are:

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  • 18 years of age or older.
  • experiencing acute or chronic symptoms of mental illness.
  • having worsening of symptoms or recent inability to cope with or function due to symptoms.
  • residing safely in the community with support of family and/or community resources during involvement in the program.
  • able to attend regularly 4-5 days a week for 3 hours per day.
  • open to addressing their problems and a willing to consider how group treatment could help them.
  • cognitively capable of benefitting from therapeutic groups utilizing abstract concepts.
  • safe group members without predatory behavior or aggressive behaviors.
  • able to remain substance free during programming hours.

Program Overview

The program usually lasts 2-6 months depending on patient needs and symptom severity. Patients attend the program 4-5 times per week, Monday through Friday for three hours per day in the morning or afternoon. The three hour program sessions include:

  • 1 hour of skills for recovery
  • 1 hour of cognitive-behavioral group psychotherapy
  • 1 hour of rehabilitation therapies (e.g. recreational or occupational therapies)
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Patients will be educated about:

  • Diagnoses and symptoms
  • Coping skills to manage mood, behavior, and thoughts
  • Cognitive skills to address negative thinking patterns
  • Relapse prevention strategies
  • Routine building and self-care
  • Healthy relationship and social skills training
  • How to engage their family and social support network

Program Tracks

The program is divided into three treatment tracks. Program staff will work with each patient to identify the track that is best suited to the patient's unique needs. Each track provides groups that help stabilize symptoms, build on individual strengths, engender hope, and improve coping. Our tracks reduce suffering and help patients lead more valued, meaningful lives.

Red Track

Uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-informed approaches to help patients struggling with mood, anxiety, and/or interpersonal challenges to better regulate emotions, tolerate distress, reduce self-destructive behavior, and improve interpersonal effectiveness. Includes DBT-Informed skills education.

Blue Track

Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Relapse Prevention to help patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health diagnoses. The team takes an integrative approach and meets patients where they are at with regards to abstinence or reduced substance use. Skills-based curriculum draws on Enhanced Illness Management and Recovery.

Yellow Track

Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help patients cope with voices, confusing thoughts, and social difficulties by learning effective thinking, symptom management, social skills, healthy routines, and relapse prevention. Skills-based curriculum draws on Illness Management and Recovery.

Our Commitment to Health and Wellness

In addition to psychiatric recovery, our staff is committed to ensuring physical health and wellness. To that end, active patients have access to regular care from our staff nurse, access to our on-site primary medicine clinic, and access to a cardiologist. We are also pleased to offer smoking cessation and nutrition groups.

Our Commitment to Building a More Meaningful Life

We frequently offer additional programs to qualifying patients in our DTP in order help them build meaning in their daily life.  While participation in these programs is not guaranteed, many of our patients have taken advantage of these opportunities.