Keeping your child out of harm’s way is a natural part of being a parent. But when your teenager chooses to participate in activities and behavior that is destructive and damaging, what can you do? Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools can step in when you’ve lost touch with your at-risk teen. HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group dedicated to assisting parents and children who want to explore the options of therapeutic and alternative boarding schools. Our vast network of resources will let you make the best decision based on program success, location, cost and your teen’s issues. Call HelpYourTeenNow for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Vermont Regulatory Laws
Licensing regulations for residential care facilities are enforced by the Vermont Department for Children and Families via the Family Services Division. It includes residential treatment programs and wilderness programs for youth.
Vermont private schools have no requirements for accreditation, registration or licensing. Approval is optional and schools may apply with the State Board of Education (16 VSA §828). Approved private schools must meet the board’s minimum course of study and complies with a range of standards (16 VSA §166(b). Teachers are not required to be licensed or certified (State Board Manual of Rules and Practices 2228.3.2).
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 Vermont were between 16.4 and 29.4 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Vermont ranks 14th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 13 deaths with a crude rate of 14.5.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 13.6 percent of adolescents in Vermont, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 10.8% regularly use marijuana and 5.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 20.1% of Vermont teens used alcohol in the past month, while 13% 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 Vermont: 91 arrests for violent crime, 569 arrests for property crime, 274 arrests for drug abuse and 29 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Vermont had an 87 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
HelpYourTeenNow is a non-profit, parents and professionals group with experience in turning around the lives of at-risk teens. We’re not affiliated with any school, program or organization. Rather, we want to use our experience as people who have been where you are and help parents like you figure out ways to best help their troubled teens. During our free consultation, HelpYourTeenNow will work with you to assess the issues and match you with a program that has the best chance of success.