Do you need help with your troubled teen and are not sure where to turn? The decision to refer your child to full time alternative or therapeutic care can be overwhelming. Help Your Teen Now is a resource agency/parent advocacy group with almost a decade of experience in helping families put their lives back together. We are dedicated to giving you access to the information and resources you need, in one convenient place. The more knowledge you have, the more confident you can be that you have made the best choice for you and your child.
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Arkansas Regulatory Laws
While there are no requirements for private school accreditation in Arkansas, those who chose to gain greater credibility may be accredited through the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. A teaching certification is also not required for Arkansas although all all private school teachers are eligible for professional development services through the Arkansas Online Professional Development Initiative (Ark. Code Ann. §6-17-707).
The only language used for instructing shall be English (Ark. Code Ann.§6-16-104) and an American flag must be prominently displayed (Ark. Code Ann.§6-16-105(b). With the exception of those who have completed the application process for exemption, all students must have up to date immunizations (Ark. Code Ann.§6-18-702(a), (f).
Safety standards, such as regular fire drills and unlocked exits are mandatory for private schools in Arkansas (Ark. Code Ann.§12-13-109) and people loitering or trespassing on student grounds during school hours are subject to a fine (Ark. Code Ann. §6-21-606).
13.1 percent of children between 4 and 17 diagnosed per year. (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).
Pregnancy rates for adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 in Arkansas were between 50.6 and 64.2 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Arkansas ranks 17th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 55 deaths with a crude rate of 13.6. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 13.1 percent of adolescents in Arkansas, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 8.6 percent regularly use marijuana and 8.5 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 18.3 percent of adolescents regularly drink alcohol. 12.9 percent engage in binge drinking. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice reported the following juvenile arrest rates for for Arkansas: 180 arrests for violent crime, 1,460 arrests for property crime, 365 arrests for Drug Abuse and 62 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Arkansas had a 81 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)
Help Your Teen Now is committed to bringing the most comprehensive options and the most trustworthy resources to struggling families who want to make an informed decision. Through identifying key factors and assessing the individual needs of your teen, we help you devise a solution that will bring you peace of mind and help your hurting child.
We do not recommend any organization or group that we have not personally checked out and ensured that they have a history of success with troubled youth. Because we are not affiliated in any financial capacity to any of the facilities or treatment options we recommend, you can rest assured that you are receiving solid advice from us without the involvement of self interest.
You want to protect your child, and we want to make the process as painless as we can. We pledge to support you every step of the way, so your time can be spent supporting your teen.