If you have been struggling with your teen, then you have probably been considering an alternative or therapeutic boarding school. If this decision is in your future, there is a lot of consider before choosing a facility that is right for your child. With the bewildering array of information that is available online, it can be hard to know which groups and facilities are reputable and trustworthy.
We want to help you! Help Your Teen Now is a resource agency/parent advocacy group that is dedicated to helping parents access the most comprehensive information possible. Our free evaluation services and solid advice have helped hundreds of families get their lives back on track. Call us today!
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Oregon Regulatory Laws
Private schools may, but are not required to register with the Department of Education. Those that do register are required to show that their teachers are qualified, if not actually licensed, the facility is able to protect the health and safety of the students and the curriculum reflects the academic and educational goals of the public school system. Or. Rev. Stat. 345.525
Private schools offering residential facilities must be licensed by the Children’s Services Division. Licensing standards include physical health, safety and curriculum advisement by the superintendent of public instruction. Or. Rev. Stat. §418.327.
Teachers at private schools must demonstrate their qualifications through a current teaching license or teaching a minimum of half time in their field of study while they actively obtain a teaching certificate. They may also prove they they possess verifiable experience consistent with the subject in which they are instructing. Or. Admin. R 581-45-530
Private schools in Oregon, with a student roster of 50 or more are required to hold monthly safety drills as well as instructing students in fire and earthquake preparedness. Or. Rev. Stat
. §336.072. Schools are also subject to current building codes, including the use of fire retardant materials within the building. Or. Rev. Stat. §479.140.
8.8 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 Oregon were between 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Oregon ranks 33rd in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 54 deaths with a crude rate of 10.6. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 12.4 percent of adolescents in Oregon, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 9.6 percent regularly use marijuana and 5.2 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 19 percent of adolescents regularly drink alcohol. 12.3 percent engage 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 for Oregon: 192 arrests for violent crime, 1,914 arrests for property crime, 614 arrests for Drug Abuse and 87 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009)
Oregon had a 68 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)
From the minute you call, we will help you determine a plan that is suited specifically to the needs of your child and your family. Our free evaluation is the first step toward making sure you get the the advice and recommendations you need in order to make an informed decision. We will partner with you to help relieve some of the stress that parenting a teen with self destructive behavior can cause.
We have extremely high standards and will only recommend facilities, services and groups that have been personally checked out by us to have a proven history of successfully treating troubled teens. Your family is your highest priority and we want to make helping you ours.
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