It’s not uncommon for Michigan parents of at-risk teens to consider enrolling them in some kind of therapeutic boarding school. Alternative residential education can positively affect troubled teens, but there are many factors to consider about various facilities. HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocacy group that provides resources for Michigan parents and teens who are considering therapeutic boarding school.
Michigan Regulatory Laws
In Michigan, Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1973 regulates child residential facilities such as therapeutic boarding schools to ensure the care and supervision of minors throughout the year. The Act outlines the powers and duties of state departments in regulating things such as inspections, criminal history checks for employees, and who is authorized to place a child in a facility (722.124, Sec. 14).
The education segments of therapeutic boarding schools in Michigan are subject to strict licensing (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.481) and regulatory agencies. Registration is mandatory, as is approval (Mich. Comp. Laws §380.1561(3)(a). These schools must provide medical and psychological services (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.483(b) and run a criminal history check on all employees (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.483(d). State certification for teachers is required (Mich.Comp. Laws §§388.552; 388.553) Michigan law requires that boarding schools meet all the educational requirements and be fully accredited by a national association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.484(a).
Private, denominational or parochial schools are regulated slightly differently than private schools (Mich. Comp. Laws §380.1561(3)(a). They may choose to participate in accreditation, but are not required to. For parents seeking a religious-based therapeutic boarding school, carefully review the program for compliance to basic state standards for residential facilities and private schools.
9.9 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 Michigan were between 30.7 and 39. per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Michigan ranks 20th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 171 deaths with a crude rate of 12.1.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 11.4 percent of adolescents in Michigan, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 8% regularly use marijuana and 5.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Now, 18.3% of Arizona female teens abuse alcohol while 15.7% of male teens do.
(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 Michigan: 225 arrests for violent crime, 1,067 arrests for property crime, 337 arrests for drug abuse and 85 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Michigan had a 74 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
We know it won’t be easy, but it’s important to do everything you can to help your teenager avoid self-destructive behavior and get help before it’s too late. Therapeutic boarding schools are often the answer when your child should no longer be at home and you’ve run out of ideas on how to help. When you call HelpYourTeenNow for a free consultation, we will evaluate your teen’s needs and then provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about alternative and therapeutic boarding schools. We are definitely your best resource for advice and inside information on finding a realistic and workable solution to your teen’s behavioral issues.