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.
Wisconsin Regulatory Laws
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families is responsible for licensing residential programs such as residential care centers for youth, group homes and shelters. The DCF receives its authority under Wisconsin Administrative Code DCF 52.
Wisconsin private schools are not required to become accredited and approval is optional. (Wis. Stats. §118.165(2). The teachers at these schools do not need licensing or certification. For schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, only a high school degree is required (Wis. Stats. §119.23(2)(a)6. The curriculums are not outlined by any state agency, but must provide a progressive plan of instruction (Wis. Stats. §118.165(d). Testing to measure student performance is also not required (Wis. Stats. §119.23(7)e.
9.9 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 Wisconsin were between 16.4 and 29.4 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Wisconsin ranks 14th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 108 deaths with a crude rate of 13.7.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 10.8 percent of adolescents in Wisconsin, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 8.1% regularly use marijuana and 5.4 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 22.6% of Wisconsin teens used alcohol in the past month, while 14.4% 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 Wisconsin: 279 arrests for violent crime, 2,588 arrests for property crime, 780 arrests for drug abuse and 238 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Wisconsin had an 87 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
Sometimes it’s best to remove your teen from your home and put him or her in the supportive care of a therapeutic boarding school. Professionals who excel at working with at-risk teens will break through the emotional walls that at-risk teens build, and help them see that a more productive and positive lifestyle will benefit them greatly. At HelpYourTeenNow, we’ll guide you toward programs that have excellent reviews, a track record of success and plenty of testimonials from grateful teens and parents. Not all residential treatment facilities are equal, so call HelpYourTeenNow to access our vast resources about which schools are the best option for you and your teen.