Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools may be your teen’s last chance at correcting at-risk behaviors in a structured, consisted atmosphere that helps him or her build on their strengths and find success. HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group that can help you navigate the uncertain path to assessing your teen’s issues, finding an appropriate facility in New Hampshire and working with staff members to help your teen face psychiatric, learning or behavioral issues. Get a free consultation simply by calling HelpYourTeenNow and speak to a live person with extensive experience in helping parents of at-risk teens.
New Hampshire Regulatory Laws
The oversight and regulation of residential care facilities is done by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and promotes safety and proper care of residents of each program. The Health Facility Licensing Unit inspects and issues licenses for alternative and therapeutic programs in the state.
A private New Hampshire schools is not required to be accredited but are encouraged to do so. Registration and approval is mandatory by the New Hampshire Board of Education (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 186:11, XXIX) and it sets rules and regulations to monitor private schools. Teachers are not required to be certified in order to teach in New Hampshire private schools and all private schools must teach basic courses in history and government starting in 8th grade (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 189:11). Private schools may participate in statewide testing after applying through the Department of Education (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 193-c:6).
8.5 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 New Hampshire were between 16.4 and 39.0 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
New Hampshire ranks 24th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 21 deaths with a crude rate of 11.8.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 11.1 percent of adolescents in New Hampshire, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 8.9% regularly use marijuana and 4.6 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 19.7% of New Hampshire teens used alcohol in the past month, while 11.9% engaged 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 New Hampshire: 84 arrests for violent crime, 771 arrests for property crime, 580 arrests for drug abuse and 12 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
New Hampshire had an 86 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
Not all therapeutic and alternative boarding schools are the same, but we at HelpYourTeenNow have a vast parent network that can help you decide which programs are worth your time and money and which ones don’t deliver on their promises. HelpYourTeenNow can assist you in evaluating programs designed for at-risk teens and guide you through one of the toughest tasks parents can face. When you rely on HelpYourTeenNow, you’ll soon learn that each child’s safety and well-being is most important to us. Call us right away for a supportive, informative assessment on how to restore the peace and normalcy your family deserves.