When your teen’s behavior is spiraling out of control, damaging his future and his relationships with others, it may be time to consider therapeutic or alternative boarding schools. But where can you turn for some good advice and a network of resources? Sometimes, help is just a phone call away. At HelpYourTeenNow, we’ll work with you over the phone to assess your child’s needs and recommend programs in your area. We’re a parent advocate group not affiliated with any school or facility. Our goal is to pass on the knowledge and information we’ve learned the hard way to you to make your family’s journey to harmony a success.
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Oklahoma Regulatory Laws
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services licenses and regulates adolescent facilities, group homes and other 24-hour care programs.
While accreditation is encouraged by the Oklahoma State Board of Education, it is not required for private schools (Okla. Stat. Title 70, §3-104). Teachers at accredited private schools must be certified; non-accredited schools are not required to employ certified teachers (Okla. Stat. Title 70, §6-189). Oklahoma private schools must require immunizations for students (Okla. Stat. Title 70, §1210.191) and each school must have a written health program (State Regulation 210:35-3-107).
11 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 Oklahoma were between 50.6 and 64.2 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Oklahoma ranks 15th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 74 deaths with a crude rate of 13.9.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 11.5 percent of adolescents in Oklahoma, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 7.1% regularly use marijuana and 6.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 16.9% of Oklahoma teens used alcohol in the past month, while 11.7% 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 Oklahoma: 202 arrests for violent crime, 1,914 arrests for property crime, 614 arrests for drug abuse and 87 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Oklahoma had a 78 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(Tulsa World, “Oklahoma needs to pick up pace on high school graduation rates, report says”
By Kim Archer)
HelpYourTeenNow is a premier organization of parents and professionals dedicated to providing the resources you need to make an informed decision on alternative and therapeutic boarding schools. These highly structured schools deal with your teen’s behavioral issues and get your child the help he or she needs during this difficult transition from child to adult. Call HelpYourTeenNow for a free consultation and a sympathetic ear—we’ve been where you are. We’ll help you feel confident that you are doing the right thing by considering professional help for your child.