Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Nebraska


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Nebraska Regulatory Laws

The state regulation for residential facilities for teens is done by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services through the Division of Children and Family Services. Title 401 Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers outlines regulations for everything from administration and management to disciplinary procedures.

Private schools in Nebraska must be approved by the Nebraska Department of Education, while accreditation is optional (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 12 and 13). Schools can apply for an exemption. Teachers must be certified with a Nebraska Teaching Certificate to work at accredited or approved schools (Nev. Rev. Stat. 79-201(2), 79-1601). Instruction must be given in English (Nebraska Constitution Art. I, Sec. 27) and all private schools must cover a list of subjects and topics outlined in the state statutes that “promote upright and desirable citizenry” (Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-124). Private schools are required to administer a standardized test periodically and submit a written performance report each year (Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 10, Section 005.02).

Statistics for At-Risk Nebraska Teens


9.0 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 Nebraska were between 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



Nebraska ranks 38th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 25 deaths with a crude rate of 9.7.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 9.8 percent of adolescents in Nebraska, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 6.1% regularly use marijuana and 5.3 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 19.4% of Nebraska teens used alcohol in the past month, while 13.5% 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 Nebraska: 139 arrests for violent crime, 2,013 arrests for property crime, 657 arrests for drug abuse and 112 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Nebraska had an 86 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)


At HelpYourTeenNow, we’re dedicated to assisting those parents and teens looking for help. With a free consultation, we’ll work with you to review your situation and recommend a program that is right for your family. HelpYourTeenNow is not affiliated with any schools or therapy programs. Instead, we’re a group of parents and teen advocates who have been where you are and have the resources to guide you to a better future with your teen.

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