Title: Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Michigan
It’s not uncommon for Michigan parents of at-risk teens to consider enrolling them in some kind of therapeutic boarding school. Alternative residential education can positively affect troubled teens, but there are many factors to consider about various facilities. HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocacy group that provides resources for Michigan parents and teens who are considering therapeutic boarding school.
Michigan Regulatory Laws
In Michigan, Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1973 regulates child residential facilities such as therapeutic boarding schools to ensure the care and supervision of minors throughout the year. The Act outlines the powers and duties of state departments in regulating things such as inspections, criminal history checks for employees, and who is authorized to place a child in a facility (722.124, Sec. 14).
The education segments of therapeutic boarding schools in Michigan are subject to strict licensing (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.481) and regulatory agencies. Registration is mandatory, as is approval (Mich. Comp. Laws §380.1561(3)(a). These schools must provide medical and psychological services (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.483(b) and run a criminal history check on all employees (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.483(d). State certification for teachers is required (Mich.Comp. Laws §§388.552; 388.553) Michigan law requires that boarding schools meet all the educational requirements and be fully accredited by a national association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (Mich. Comp. Laws 340.484(a).
Private, denominational or parochial schools are regulated slightly differently than private schools (Mich. Comp. Laws §380.1561(3)(a). They may choose to participate in accreditation, but are not required to. For parents seeking a religious-based therapeutic boarding school, carefully review the program for compliance to basic state standards for residential facilities and private schools.
11.2 percent of youth between the ages of 4 and 17 are diagnosed each year (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011 Study).
In 2016, 5,835 babies were born in Michigan to women under 20. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2016 Study)
National suicide ranking: 33rd. (Kaiser Family Foundation Study)
A 2009 report determined that 30% of Michigan teens abuse alcohol and 13% binge drink. Marijuana use among Michigan teens was 41% and 15% vape. (State Report, 2016, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)
Juvenile arrests in Michigan for 2018 include 1,067 arrests for property crime, 225 arrests for violent crime, 337 arrests for drug abuse and 85 arrests for weapons violations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2018)
Michigan had a 79% high school graduation rate for the 2014-2015 school year. (U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
We know it won’t be easy, but it’s important to do everything you can to help your teenager avoid self-destructive behavior and get help before it’s too late. Therapeutic boarding schools are often the answer when your child should no longer be at home and you’ve run out of ideas on how to help. When you call HelpYourTeenNow for a free consultation, we will evaluate your teen’s needs and then provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about alternative and therapeutic boarding schools. We are definitely your best resource for advice and inside information on finding a realistic and workable solution to your teen’s behavioral issues.