Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools typically enroll teens with certain problems—drug and alcohol abuse, defiant behavior, ADHD and other diagnosed issues and depression are just a few. When you’ve decided that a boarding school is the solution for your teen but don’t know which program to choose or what to look for, turn to HelpYourTeenNow. We can guide you to picking a program that’s the best match for your teen’s issues. As a parent advocate group dedicated to helping parents make the best decisions for their child, HelpYourTeenNow is uniquely positioned to give advice, access information for your area and counsel you with a free assessment of your family’s situation. Call us for a detailed consultation about alternative and therapeutic boarding schools to see if they are right for your at-risk teen.
SUWS of the Carolinas
Stone Mountain School
Second Nature Blue Ridge
Four Circles Recovery Center
CooperRiis Healing Community
North Carolina Regulatory Laws
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services operates the Division of Health Service Regulation, which uses the Mental Health Licensure & Certification Section to license and regulate 24-hour residential programs in the state.
Accreditation is optional for private schools in North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat. §115C-555) and are not subject to rules and regulations established by the North Carolina Department of Education except for fire, safety, sanitation and immunization standards (N.C. Gen. Stat. §§115C-554, 562). Private schools in North Carolina are not required to hire certified teachers and there are no curriculum requirements (N.C. Gen. Stat. §115C- 549 and Gen. Stat. § 115C-557). North Carolina private schools are required to administer national standardized tests in certain grades and test results must be made available (N.C. Gen. Stat. §§115C-549, 553).
15.6 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 North Carolina were between 40.9 and 49.8 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
North Carolina ranks 35th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 134 deaths with a crude rate of 10.1.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 11.0 percent of adolescents in North Carolina, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 7.4% regularly use marijuana and 5.7% use other types of illicit drugs. Around 14.3% of North Carolina teens used alcohol in the past month, while 8.9% 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 Alabama: 176 arrests for violent crime, 924 arrests for property crime, 242 arrests for Drug Abuse and 47 arrests for weapons violations. Statistics are based on number of arrests per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the state. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
North Carolina had a 78 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools may seem like a perfect solution to your family troubles, but not all schools are the same. Our extensive network of parents and professionals can help you separate the stellar programs with a record of success from the questionable or dubious programs that may do more harm than good. HelpYourTeenNow is offering a free consultation for parents when you call for guidance. When you’ve done everything you can think of as a parent to help your troubled teen and nothing works, call HelpYourTeenNow for helpful guidance on therapeutic and alternative boarding school programs that really work.