If your teenager is out of control and exhibiting behavior that worries you, it might be time to consider a solution outside the home. However, where do you get answers to questions like where to send your child and what type of facility might be best? At HelpYourTeenNow, we can provide information, reviews and advice on teen residential facilities in Virginia. We are a parent advocate group that organized to help other parents—we aren’t affiliated with any programs or schools. We are dedicated to helping other parents get through this challenging time and pass along the wisdom we’ve gained. When you don’t know where else to turn, call HelpYourTeenNow for a free consultation.
Virginia Regulatory Laws
Therapeutic and alternative boarding schools must be licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). The DBHDS is responsible for licensing residential facilities that house adolescents on site and the state provides new applicant training DVD.
Licensing and accreditation is optional for private schools in Virginia (Va. Code §22.1-19) and teacher certification is not a state requirement. Each school can set its own curriculum without oversight by the state board of education. Proof of immunization is required for students at private schools (Va. Code §22.1-271.2.E). If a private school is accredited, all employees must pass a criminal background check, however, non-accredited schools are not required to conduct background checks (Va. Code §22.1-296.3).
10.2 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 Virginia were between 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women.
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009 Study).
Virginia ranks 41st in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 98 deaths with a crude rate of 8.7.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 9.2 percent of adolescents in Virginia, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Also, 6.3% regularly use marijuana and 4.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Approximately 16% of Virginia teens abuse alcohol and 10% 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 Virginia: 142 arrests for violent crime, 865 arrests for property crime, 351 arrests for drug abuse and 72 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Virginia had an 82 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year.
(Understanding High School Graduation Rates in Idaho, The Alliance for Excellent Education, 2009)
It’s hard to know which program is best for your teen, when you are confused about everything from available options to cost. At HelpYourTeenNow, we will take the time to answer your questions and work with you to choose a program that provides teens and families with essential social tools that are needed to thrive in school and in society. Call us today to get more information and take the first step in allowing your troubled teens to start living a self-reliant, successful life. Don’t wait to make the decision on how best to intervene with your struggling boy or girl—contact HelpYourTeenNow for a free assessment.