When teenagers living in Idaho exhibit behavior that may harm themselves or others, worried parents often feel as if they’ve run out of solutions. As painful as it may be to consider, sometimes teens need to be removed from their bad habits and enroll in an Idaho alternative or therapeutic boarding schools. HelpYourTeenNow is an organization of parents and teen advocates who are ready and willing to help you make the right selection of therapeutic boarding schools in Idaho.
SUWS Adolescent and Youth Programs
Schrom Boy’s Home at Hawks Landing
Kootnai Behavioral Health Center
Echo Springs Transition Study Center
Boulder Creek Academy
Idaho Regulatory Laws
An alternative or therapeutic boarding school in Idaho must be licensed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The Idaho Code 39-1210 outlines the standards for children’s residential care facilities throughout the state. Such standards include outlining intake policies, ensuring the physical care and safety of residents and requiring a criminal history check on all employees, owners and operators.
According to state statute, Idaho private schools within a therapeutic boarding school may seek accreditation, but it is optional (Idaho Code §33-119). Idaho also has no requirements outlined for registration, licensing or approval. Teachers at the schools must be state certified (Idaho Code §33-1201) and all employees must submit to and meet Idaho‘s criminal history check requirements (Idaho Code §39-1105(3).
8.3 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 Idaho were between 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women.
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009 Study).
Idaho ranks 9th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 36 deaths with a crude rate of 16.1.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 9.2 percent of adolescents in Idaho, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Also, 6.3% regularly use marijuana and 4.7 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Approximately16.6% of Idaho teens abuse alcohol and 11.1 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 Idaho: 136 arrests for violent crime, 1,764 arrests for property crime, 468 arrests for drug abuse and 101 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Idaho had a 77 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year.
(Understanding High School Graduation Rates in Idaho, The Alliance for Excellent Education, 2009)
In Idaho, there are several of these specialized alternative schools to choose from, but at HelpYourTeenNow, we’ll give you guidance and insight during our free consultation session on which ones are best for your unique situation. These Idaho alternative schools provide educational programs in a strictly supervised environment so teens can get academic and behavioral help. We’ve helped match thousands of families with the right therapeutic boarding schools and we’re ready to work with you, too. Call HelpYourTeenNow for a comprehensive assessment today.