Military Schools and Boot Camps in Michigan
If your teenager is out of control, defiant, and behaving in ways that can endanger himself and others, you are probably seeking out a rehabilitation program that can step in and help. Many parents believe that a boot camp or military school can solve their teen’s behavior problems. At HelpYourTeenNow, we have access to information on a range of teen help programs across the country, including military schools and boot camps, among others. We’ll work with you to assess your family’s needs and then recommend a program that matches. Even though it may be heartbreaking to think about sending your child away to a therapeutic program, we’ll give you the support you need to make the best decisions.
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Military Schools and Boot Camps Aren’t the Best Option for Troubled Teens
Like most people, you’ve probably heard good and bad things about boot camps for troubled teens, from success stories to accounts of abuse. Military schools are actually academic institutions for teens interested in a career in the military and don’t work with troubled teens. Boot camps are short-term, highly structured programs designed to push kids to their physical extremes and teach them to respect authority and deal with consequences. Neither of these programs are very successful in helping teens deal with the issues that are causing the anti-social behaviors. Other alternatives, like therapeutic boarding schools and work ranches, have dedicated, trained therapists on staff who can help teens make long-term recoveries.
Michigan Regulatory Laws
Child residential facilities, from boarding schools to boot camps, are regulated and licensed by Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1973. The Act gives various state departments the authority to set the standards and enforce them and regulates everything from employee background checks to annual inspections (722.124, Sec. 14).
Michigan private schools must be licensed (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.481), registered and approved (Mich. Comp. Laws §380.1561(3)(a). Every teacher must hold state certification for employment (Mich.Comp. Laws §§388.552; 388.553). The law requires private schools to provide services to students that meet state standards, especially for medical and psychological services (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.483(b). Every employee must have a criminal history check (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.483(d). Unlike many states with looser accreditation requirements, Michigan private schools must be fully accredited by a recognized association (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.484(a). Religious-based therapeutic boarding schools are exempt from many of these requirements so review them carefully before enrolling your child.
(U.S. Department of Education, State Regulation of Private Schools, 2009)
9.9 percent of children between 4 and 17 diagnosed per year (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study). http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/prevalence.html
For Michigan women between 15-19 years old: 30.7 and 39. per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6006a6.htm?s_cid=mm6006a6_e%0d%0a
National suicide ranking: 20th. Number of deaths: 171 (crude rate of 12.1). (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;) http://www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=262&name=DLFE-629.pdf
In a 2009 report, it showed that 18.3% of Michigan teens abuse alcohol and 11.4 % are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Michigan teens was 8% and other illicit drug use was at 5.9%. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) http://www.samhsa.gov/data/States_In_Brief_Reports.aspx
Juvenile arrests in Michigan for 2008 include 1,067 arrests for property crime, 225 arrests for violent crime, 337 arrests for drug abuse and 85 arrests for weapons violations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009). https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/228479.pdf
For the 2010-2011 school year, Michigan had a 74% high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011) http://www.governing.com/gov-data/high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.html
When your home is no longer the right place for your at-risk teen, you may feel overwhelmed at the options out there, especially military schools and boot camps that promise quick fixes and amazing results. HelpYourTeenNow is just a phone call away and we’re ready to guide you on choosing a teen help program that will actually provide your teenager with lasting behavior modification and a chance to start over. To see whether boot camps or another type of residential treatment facility is best for your child, call us for a free consultation. HelpYourTeenNow is the best resource you have for information gained from experience and expertise. Together, we’ll find a realistic solution to your family’s issues.