Military Schools and Boot Camps in Nevada
Parents looking for real solutions to their at-risk teen’s issues may think that short-term military-style boot camps can remedy bad behavior. The truth is that military schools and boot camps are frequently misunderstood about what they can do for kids and parents who are just starting to look for solutions can be easily misled. HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group dedicated to helping parents just like you with troubled teens. We want you to get answers to all your questions about teen help programs—which ones are best for your situation and which ones to avoid. We’ll assess your family’s situation during our free consultation and give you the results of our extensive research and experience into these programs.
Military Schools and Boot Camps Aren’t the Best Option for Troubled Teens
Many decades ago, before the advancements in teen mental health and behavior therapy, the solution to a badly behaving teen was to send him to military school. Today’s military schools are academic institutions that prepare students for military service, not provide therapy for at-risk teens. Behavior boot camps are public or private programs with rigid discipline and military-style structures that work as short-term remedial behavioral facilities designed to teach teens to respect authority and scare them into good behavior. Neither of these programs help at-risk teens get to the heart of their issues and are not long-term therapy programs. At HelpYourTeenNow, we can help you understand which kinds of programs have a proven record of success in changing your teen’s behavior for the long term.
Nevada Regulatory Laws
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is the licensing agency that oversees teen residential facilities. This department is a part of the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Licensing and regularly checks on facilities to make sure they meet the minimum standards set by the state of Nevada.
(NRS 394.075). Teachers at these schools must have a teaching license and meet the experience requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education (NAC 394.050(2). Administrators must also meet experience standards, depending on their level of education (5 years with a bachelor’s or 3 years with a master’s) as outlined by the USDE (NAC 394.050(1). All schools must keep current immunization records for all students NRS 394.192(1)–(4). While private schools in Nevada are not required to participate in state core testing, they are encouraged to (NAC 389.048–398.083).
(U.S. Department of Education, State Regulation of Private Schools, 2009)
Nevada children between ages 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 5.6% (U.S. Department of Education, State Regulation of Private Schools, 2009) http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/prevalence.html
For Nevada women between 15-19 years old: 40.9 – 49.8 per 1,000 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study). http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6006a6.htm?s_cid=mm6006a6_e%0d%0a
National suicide ranking: 11th. Number of deaths: 135 (crude rate 14.9). (CDC’s WISQARS website "Fatal Injury Reports, 2010" http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;) http://www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=262&name=DLFE-629.pdf
In a 2009 report, it showed that 16.7% of Arizona teens abuse alcohol and 11.3% are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Arizona teens was 8.3% and other illicit drug use was at 4.4%. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) http://www.samhsa.gov/data/States_In_Brief_Reports.aspx
Juvenile arrests in Arizona for 2008 included 1,724 arrests for property crime, 337 arrests for violent crime, 618 arrests for drug abuse and 159 arrests for weapons violations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009). https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/228479.pdf
For the 2010-2011 school year, Nevada had a 62% high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011) http://www.governing.com/gov-data/high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.html
Boot camps and military-style teen help programs are generally not the solution for a teen with behavior issues, substance abuse problems or other at-risk behavior. At HelpYourTeenNow, we can provide you with recommendations for options that will help you to make an informed decision about what kinds of programs out there offer lasting help and long-term benefits. Call HelpYourTeenNow for expert advice and personal experience when you are ready to choose to intervene on behalf of your teen.
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