Boot Camps & Military Schools in Alabama
When a troubled teen has gone beyond the disciplinary help of their parents, it is not uncommon to assume that a military school or boot camp is the answer. While placing your child in full time care is rarely a decision you would never make lightly, it is very important to understand the differences and requirements of the variety of programs available. At Help Your Teen Now, we are dedicated to informing parents just like you about your options and giving you access to the resources you need in order to make the best decision for your child. Call us today for a free consultation.
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Boot Camps Are Not The Best Option for Troubled Teens from Alabama
There are many misconceptions about the goals and purpose of teen military schools and boot camp. While the rigid rules and structure of a military school might seem ideal for a troubled teen, these types of institutions are intended to prepare students for academic success and military service, not to correct behavior. Boot camps also adopt a very disciplined schedule and military style approach, however, they are short term, remedial facilities whose main goal is to scare teens into respecting authority. They are non-academic and non-therapeutic and generally do not address the root of behavior problems. Although a boot camp may be an effective first step in your teens overall therapy, we strongly urge you to consider it only in conjunction with a longer term plan such as an alternative or therapeutic boarding school. At Help Your Teen Now, we will partner with you to determine the best plan of action for your family’s needs.
Alabama Regulatory Laws
Alabama boot camps and military academies are generally regulated and overseen by state, county and city juvenile court systems. Teachers must hold state certificates(1975 §16-28-1(1) and the course work must be reflective of that taught in the public school curriculum (1975 §16-28-1(1) Attendance is mandatory and records of absences of half a day or more must be kept.(1975 §16-28-1(1). Nonpublic schools must also implement a physical education program. (1975 §16-40-1).
The Alabama Department of Human Resources oversees the minimum standards for nonpublic facilities. Building codes must be up to date (1975 §41-9-163(c) fire drills must be held regularly and all exits must remain unlocked during schools hours. (1975 §36-19-10). Instructors and volunteers are subject to sex criminal background checks upon employment (1975§26-20-1). The unlawful sale of controlled substances on campus, or within a three mile radius is punishable by five years incarceration, with no probation (1975 §13a-12-250).
Alabama children between the ages of 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 14.3% (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).
For Alabama adolescent women between the ages of 15 and 19: 50.6 – 64.2 per 1,000 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
National suicide ranking: 29th. Number of deaths in individuals between the ages of 15-24 in 2010: 75 deaths (crude rate 11.1). (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
In a 2009 report, it showed that 10.4% of Alabama teens abuse alcohol and marijuana use was at 6.1%. Other illicit drug use was at 6.1%. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) http://www.samhsa.gov/data/States_In_Brief_Reports.aspx
Juvenile arrests in Alabama for 2008 included, 924 arrests for property crime, 176 arrests for violent crime, 242 arrests for drug abuse and 47 arrests for weapons violations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
For the 2010-2011 school year, Alabama reported a 72% high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)http://www.governing.com/gov-data/high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.html
If you are considering a military school or boot camp as a solution for your teens behavior, please call us. There are a variety of options that may be a better long term solution for your teen’s specific needs. Alternative and therapeutic boarding school facilities provide not only an education, but also staff therapists and a team dedicated to addressing the root of the problems, not just the symptoms. We provide a free consultation that will help us guide you toward the groups and organizations that will be most effective for your family. Boot camp and military schools are not your only option to reverse your child’s self-destructive behavior. Call us today and put your family back on the path to healing.