It can be stressful when a troubled teen needs full time care beyond that which a parent can provide. Selecting an alternative or therapeutic boarding school is an overwhelming process and it can be difficult to know where to start. Help Your Teen Now is a resource agency and advocacy group for parents just like you. Our mission is to take the guesswork out of selecting a facility and provide reputable information for those seeking the best treatment option for their child. Our knowledgeable team is here to answer your questions and guide you through the process. We want you to feel confident in the facility you select, and we are committed to helping you get there. Call us today to discuss our free services.
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Massachusetts Regulatory Laws
There are no requirements for Accreditation, Registration or Licensing for private schools in Massachusetts. Approval is mandatory and requires proof that nonpublic schools equal the instruction, curriculum and progress of public schools. Mass. Gen. L. Ch. 76, §1. Private schools do not require official certification for their teachers.
There is no official mandate for the curriculum of a nonpublic school in Massachusetts, however, it is generally understood that courses should be taught with “thoroughness and efficiency” Mass. Gen. L. Ch. 76, §1.
Nonpublic schools are required to educated all students on the statewide anti-hazing policy (Mass. Gen. L. ch. 269, §19)and criminal background checks shall be performed on all employees and volunteers with access to students. Mass. Gen. L. ch. 71, §38R.
9.8 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 Massachusetts were between 16.4 and 29.4 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Massachusetts ranks 43rd in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 78 deaths with a crude rate of 8.3. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 13.3 percent of adolescents in Massachusetts, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 10.6 percent regularly use marijuana and 5.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 19.3 percent of adolescents regularly drink alcohol. 5.1 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 for Massachusetts: 333 arrests for violent crime, 578 arrests for property crime, 358 arrests for Drug Abuse and 45 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Massachusetts had a 83 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)
There are many factors to consider when selecting an alternative or therapeutic boarding school for your teen. Call us to get started with a free evaluation of your child. This will help us direct you toward the resources that are most pertinent to your needs. We want you to feel confident in the groups and services we recommend, and we assure you that we are not affiliated with them in any way. Our advice is based on nearly a decade of advising families just like yours. Whether you have questions about paperwork or specific facilities, we are on hand to help you. You no longer have to walk this difficult path alone. Let us be your advocate and take the first steps toward healing your family.