Daniel House Programs and Lakeview School

The Daniel House I and II programs are highly structured intensive residential treatment programs for Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) boys.  These programs serve children who have been unsuccessful in less restrictive environments.  Daniel House programs are nondiscriminatory programs serving children from across the state of Alabama.

Children with a serious emotional disturbance are described as those who are from birth to 18 who have had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). For the individual to be deemed emotionally disturbed, it must be determined that the child’s condition results in functional impairment, substantially interfering with one or more major life activities, such as the abilities to eat, bathe, and dress oneself, or the abilities to function effectively in social, familial, and educational contexts.



Criteria considered during an initial screening for admission are as follows:

  • Individual Served (I-S) is male
  • I-S is between 6 and 12 years old (Daniel House I) or between 10 and 14 years old (Daniel House II).
  • Borderline, average, or above intellectual functioning, and a psychiatric diagnosis. Final admission determination is based on test results and observation of behavior and the approval of a psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, or the VP of Children’s Residential Services.
  • Individuals Served must be willing to participate in daily, structured activities as outlined in the programs protocol and Milieu as well as in their most recent treatment plan.
  • All admissions must be approved by a Licensed Independent Practitioner.
  • I-S is experiencing mental, emotional, or behavioral difficulties, which prevent placement at home, school, or in a less restrictive environment. These difficulties must be a combination of at least three of the following criteria:
Impaired contact with reality manifested by hallucinations, delusions, or ideas of reference Withdrawal, regression, or confusion not warranting inpatient hospitalization
Moderate to severe disabling depression Moderate to severe disabling anxiety
Disabling somatic symptoms Poor medication compliance
Inpatient care is not warranted Poor interpersonal skills or difficulty with social interactions
Inadequate problem solving skills In need of 24 hour protective supervision in daily living
Poor self-control Cruelty to animals
Inappropriate aggressive behavior Angry/Hostile temper tantrums
Hyperactivity Running away
Destructiveness Poor school performance
Truancy Defiance of authority
Manipulative behavior Sexual maladjustment
Assaultive behavior Child abuse victim (neglect, physical, and/or sexual)
Homicidal/Suicidal ideation (severity not warranting in-patient care) Drug experimentation
Irrational fears Attention seeking behavior
Encopretic/Enuretic Low frustration tolerance
Dysfunctional family relationships  



Individuals served must be free of physical, medical, or mental impairments that would prevent successful participation in the Daniel House I and II programs.  Individuals Served must not pose a threat to the safety of themselves or others.  They must be able to fully participate in the routines and activities of the Daniel House I and II programs.  They must not have a principle diagnosis of alcohol or substance abuse, intellectual disabilities, Autism, or primary organic disorder.


Daniel House will consult with and offer support to parents/guardians during the discharge process. Daniel House will make appropriate referrals/recommendations to ensure the Individual’s continued progress.

Discharges may be of two types: successful and unsuccessful.  An Individual served will be considered for successful discharge upon

  • Demonstrated progress toward treatment goals as evidenced by a 70% reduction in presenting problems
  • Demonstration of enhanced family, social, academic, and community functioning

An Individual served will be considered for unsuccessful discharge if the Individual does not meet the above criteria.  In such cases, Daniel House I will make referrals and\or recommendations to a setting that has an appropriate level of treatment/restrictiveness.

Lakeview staff will consult with appropriate educational personnel in the Individual’s school/school district in order to ensure a smooth transition to the school setting.

Full Description of Services                                

Lakeview School

The Lakeview School is a certified special education program located on the main campus of Glenwood. It serves young boys diagnosed with severe emotional disturbances. The school provides children with low student-to-teacher ratios and practice researched-based techniques. Glenwood’s structured schools allow children to reach their full potential in the classroom.


  • 6-14 years of age
  • Grades 1-8
  • Primary diagnosis of Emotional Disability 
  • Meets criteria for Residential Placement at Glenwood

Services Offered:

  • Year-round programming
  • Low staff-to-student ratio
  • IEP Development and Implementation
  • Psychiatric Services/ Treatment Team meetings20
  • Behavioral Intervention Plans/ ABA Services
  • Speech therapy as appropriate
  • Occupational Therapy as appropriate
  • Recreational therapy/ physical activity / swimming (summer)
  • Community-based training
  • Social skills training
  • Individual therapy
  • Art classes
  • Drum circle
  • Peer Helper/ Boys Club

For additional information, please call (205) 795-3235

Glenwood, Inc.
Intake Office
150 Glenwood Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242
Contact: Lisa Braxton
Telephone: (205) 939-1088
E-mail: intake@glenwood.org