HelpYourTeenNow is an organization made up of parents and professionals who have experience with at-risk youth. We’re here to support, counsel and advise parents like you who are seeking to help turn their at-risk teen away from a series of poor decisions toward a brighter future. With a free phone consultation, we at HelpYourTeenNow can provide you with valuable information on alternative and therapeutic boarding schools. These facilities are designed to immerse teens in a supportive, constructive and heavily supervised atmosphere so they can reassess their lives and work on emotional, psychological and academic issues.
Wyoming Regulatory Laws
Residential treatment facilities, wilderness programs and more are licensed and regulated by the Wyoming Department of Family Services.
Only licensing is mandatory with Wyoming private schools—no accreditation or approval is needed. To become licensed, the private school must earn one from the Wyoming Department of Education and meet minimum standards of instruction and performance (W.S. §21-2-401(c). Religious and church schools are exempt from these provisions (W.S. §21-2-406(a)(i)(A). Teacher certification is not mandatory for private schools. Wyoming private schools are not required to participate in core testing, either.
9.1 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 Wyoming were between 40.9 and 49.8 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Wyoming ranks 2nd in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 25 deaths with a crude rate of 31.9.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 9.9 percent of adolescents in Wyoming, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 7.2% regularly use marijuana and 5.1 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 19.7% of Wyoming teens used alcohol in the past month, while 12.6% 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 Wyoming: 132 arrests for violent crime, 1,977 arrests for property crime, 910 arrests for drug abuse and 83 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Wyoming had an 80 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)
HelpYourTeenNow believes that it’s never too late for any at-risk teen, and we understand the difficult decisions that are ahead. We’ve got the resources you need to make informed choices, evaluate programs and take steps to enroll your teen in a therapeutic boarding school. Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools are not the same, and our network of parents and professionals will help match you and your teen with the best residential facility in your area. When you call us for a free consultation, you’ll feel like you are getting advice from experienced parents who have done this before—because we have!
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