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Breakthrough • Clinton • Hand in Hand
Nickerson • Parry Center • Rosemont
White Shield

DART Office at Benson
546 NE 12th | Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 916-6457 | Fax: (503) 916-2762

Portland DART School Site Information

Breakthrough School

11035 NE Sandy Blvd            

(503) 736-6565

  • Breakthrough is a day treatment program for youth. Youth receive individual, family and group counseling to work through addiction and behavior issues. The program is designed to help youth successfully return to their families and/or communities. The program is comprehensive, lasting from six to nine months. 
  • Youth live with therapeutic proctor parents who are recruited and trained to work specifically with Breakthrough youth and who function as members of the treatment team.
  • www.morrisonkids.org/breakthrough+day+treatment.aspx

Clinton School at Benson

546 NE 12th Avenue

(503) 916-5133

Clinton School serves youth living in the following residential settings:

Imani House

  • Working with Oregon’s Department of Human Services, Imani provides rehabilitative services for males ages 13 to 18 and their families. Evidence informed services delivered by highly trained staff include individual and group counseling, skill building and family counseling in a highly structured, supervised setting. Continued education support is provided through middle and high school classrooms that support a youth’s educational level and behavioral needs. Above all, during a young person’s 2 year stay, Imani’s therapeutic model provides an environment for accountability, healing and family reunification.
  • janusyouth.org/programs/residential
Buckman House
  • A residential treatment program working with youth since 1976, Buckman and the Oregon Youth Authority first pioneered the design and delivery of highly specialized services specifically for 17-24 year old males. Now ranked one of the most effective treatment programs of its type in Oregon and among the highest rated in the country for use of Evidence-Based Practice, Buckman’s ongoing partnerships with the Oregon Youth Authority have seen the development of a constellation of additional services that are unmatched in the state. This includes the Buckman Education and Employment Program providing the latest technological and employment training/job search coaching and support for Buckman clients and other Oregon Youth Authority youth living in the community who need independent living and employment support.
  • janusyouth.org/programs/residential

The STEP Program

  • STEP stands for stabilization, transition, and evaluation program. STEP is a short-term shelter program that provides young people, ages 10 to 18, with assessment, evaluation, behavioral rehabilitation, and service planning and placement recommendations. In the STEP Program, youth are placed in foster homes or shelter facilities with trained foster parents and staff who are dedicated to helping them take the next positive ‘STEP’ in their lives.

  • boysandgirlsaid.org/services/step

Hand in Hand School

11456 NE Knott


  • Hand In Hand Psychiatric Day Treatment serves up to 22 children between the ages of three and eight who have been abused and neglected. An individually tailored service plan is implemented for each family and child.  Factors that are considered include the age of onset,  environmental risks, child’s temperament, environmental resources available to the child and the strength of interpersonal relationships. 
  • Day treatment services are provided year round, four hours per day for each child. The day treatment milieu is staffed by an interdisciplinary team that provides therapeutic activities integrated with Portland Public School DART Program educational services. Other ancillary services such as community based skill development, speech and language and occupational therapy services may be made available based on each child’s particular needs.
  • www.morrisonkids.org/hand+in+hand+day+treatment.aspx

Nickerson School

4941 Northeast 17th Avenue

(503)282-3296 ext. 6813

  • Culturally focused adolescent day treatment. In addition to support while on-site, youth regularly participate in community outings such as PE, Humane Society, Oregon Food Bank, etc. to practice appropriate social skills.
  • www.lifeworksnw.org
Parry Center Residential/Souther School

3415 SE Powell


Psychiatric Residential Treatment Services (PRTS)

  • PRTS offers short-term, on-site psychiatric services for young people requiring 24-hour support for emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • PRTS is committed to providing mental and behavioral health stabilization and assess each child’s symptoms and needs in order to offer them the most effective treatment possible.
  • PRTS serve children and adolescents, ages 5 – 17, who are struggling with mental health challenges and are in need of 24-hour residential treatment.
  • PRTS provides a secure and nurturing healing environment , locked facilities,  access to fenced and open recreation areas playgrounds , therapeutic garden , sport fields , and an enclosed gym.  Students participate in  therapeutic activities aimed at increasing social and emotional well-being as well as opportunities for home visits and community outings.
  • www.trilliumfamily.org

Parry Center Day Treatment School

1715 SE 32nd Place

  • Parry Center Day Treatment School serves children and adolescents, ages 5 – 17, whose mental health difficulties impact their ability to be successful in their homes, schools, and communities.   Services include: medication management with a child psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner , individual and family therapy , treatment groups , group skills training, and academic instruction with a licensed special education teacher
  • www.trilliunfamily.org

White Shield School

2640 NW Alexandra


  • The White Shield Center is the only facility of its kind in Oregon. Opened in 1917 as a maternity home and hospital, the center now provides residential treatment, counseling, parenting education, and youth development services for teenaged girls who are pregnant or parenting an infant or toddler. An Early Intervention Center provides day care for the babies.
  • White Shield also provides secure residential treatment with a link to therapeutic foster care for 9 adolescent girls, ages 12 to 17 and an independent living program for OYA youth, ages 17 to 20.
  • White Shield programs are dedicated to providing education and guidance to young women who are in state custody and are in need of a safe and nurturing environment.
  •  www.salvationarmy.usawest.org

PPS News

Second annual Children's Book Harvest to begin in November

October 23, 2014
James John students enjoy books they chose during last year's Children's Book Harvest distribution. Portland Public Schools, the Children's Book Bank and the Portland Council PTA are teaming up again this year to encourage Portlanders citywide to recycle children's book and get them to children in need.


Student leaders amplify students' voices

October 22, 2014

This year’s student representative to the Portland School Board says she’s excited to serve at a time where the district is rebuilding programs and making schools more equitable.


PPS enrollment, hiring on the upswing

October 22, 2014

Student enrollment and hiring is going up, up, up at Portland Public Schools as primary and high school grades swell and state school funding improves.


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