Some of the warning signs for at-risk teens include reckless behavior, defiance, alcohol and drug use, violence or threats of violence and depression. When teenagers can’t seem to correct these problems on their own and parents don’t know what else to do, HelpYourTeenNow can provide answers. Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools are designed to correct behavioral issues and strengthen academic achievements for struggling learners and many parents are turning to this kind of residential solutions. At HelpYourTeenNow, a parent advocacy group, we’ll provide you with a free consultation on your specific family situation and our best recommendations for schools in your area.
Washington Regulatory Laws
The Washington Department of Health issues Residential Treatment Facility licenses (RTF) to groups planning on providing treatment and therapeutic services to children. It processes initial licensure, license renewals, and license amendment for such facilities.
Private schools in Washington are not required to become accredited, but are encouraged to do so by the Washington State Board of Education (RCW 28A.305.130(5). Teachers in private schools must be certified unless they teach religion courses (RCW 28A.195.010(3). Washington state also specify that private school curriculum must consist of subjects that allow students to meet the state board of education graduation requirements (RCW 28A.195.010(7)(8) et seq.)
9.5 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 Washington were between 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women.
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009 Study).
Washington ranks 19th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 115 deaths with a crude rate of 12.5.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 10.8 percent of adolescents in Washington, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Also, 8% regularly use marijuana and 4.8 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Approximately 18% of Washington teens abuse alcohol and 11.7 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 Washington: 248 arrests for violent crime, 1,760 arrests for property crime, 507 arrests for drug abuse and 126 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Washington had a 76 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
Sometimes, troubled teens need to be removed from the home and the bad habits the whole family has learned in dealing with each other. In an alternative or therapeutic boarding school, teens will learn new and positive socialization techniques in a supervised setting. At HelpYourTeenNow, we’ll counsel with you to see if your teenager would be a good fit for this type of residential program. During our free consultation, we’ll go over your situation and give you our advice. As parents, we understand that it can be hard to think about sending your child away—but we’ve been there and can support you in your quest to help your child get back on track.
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