As a parent, it’s hard to see your child head down the wrong path, making poor choices and conforming to peer pressure with little to stop them. At HelpYourTeenNow, we understand because we’ve been in your shoes. We’re a group of parents and professionals with experience in alternative and therapeutic boarding schools designed to get kids back on track toward a healthy and productive life. Call HelpYourTeenNow and ask about our free consultation, where we’ll take a look at your teen’s behaviors and work with you on choosing a program that’s the best fit for your family.
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New Mexico Regulatory Laws
Behavioral health facilities such as alternative and therapeutic boarding schools are licensed by the New Mexico Department of Health. Both state-run and private facilities are regulated and held to state standards of operation.
As is typical in many states, private schools in New Mexico are not required to be licensed or accredited. If a school chooses to become accredited, the Public Education Department of New Mexico evaluates and assesses the school and monitors the accreditation (22-2-2 D, G. NMSA 1978). Teachers at New Mexico private schools are not required to be certified and the curriculum for private schools is not supervised or managed by the Public Education Department (Fe Community School v. State Bd. of Education, 518 P.2d 272 (N.M. 1974). Schools are required to track attendance of students (22-12-7 NMSA 1978) and also supply a record of immunization status for each student (24-5-4 NMSA 1978). While there is no state policy on testing, private school students are entitled to free use of instruction material under New Mexico’s Instructional Material Law, which requires student materials to come from a list adopted by the Public Education Department (22-15-1 through 22-15-14 NMSA 1978).
7.1 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 New Mexico were between 50.6 and 64.2 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
New Mexico ranks 6th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 60 deaths with a crude rate of 20.5.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 15.2 percent of adolescents in New Mexico, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 11.1% regularly use marijuana and 7.4 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 19.6% of New Mexico teens used alcohol in the past month, while 12.5% 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 New Mexico: 278 arrests for violent crime, 1,537 arrests for property crime, 580 arrests for drug abuse and 133 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
New Mexico had a 63 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
Whether your teen suffers from out of control behavior, self-esteem issues, drug and alcohol use or any other behavioral issues, alternative and therapeutic boarding schools can help them return to a peaceful and productive life. HelpYourTeenNow is here to support you and your teen as you go through this difficult period. When you call us, we’ll prove to you that our goal is to help parents help their children by choosing the right boarding school program. Let us help you restore peace to your family and self-esteem to your at-risk teen.