Entitled attitude – feels they deserves or are “owed” stuff but not willing to put in the effort
Substance abuse, vaping
Self-harm, suicide ideation
Running away, sneaking out
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Family conflict, withdrawing from family
Dropping out of their favorite activities (sports, dance, cheerleading)
Shoplifting, stealing (usually from parents)
Have you tried these things to help:
Switching schools, moving
School counselors, therapists
Taking away technology, removing cell-phones
Mentors, teen coaches
Short-term in-patient or out-patient services
Living with a relative
There are few things more frustrating than trying to help someone who doesn’t want help. They don’t see any reason to change their behavior because it isn’t causing enough pain and frustration now.
But if they don’t get help. . . then they are going to experience a very challenging life. They are unlikely to complete high-school let alone be able to obtain and hold a job. It is unlikely that they will have the opportunities that you want for them. They will struggle.
They need more help than you can offer. . . but it isn’t too late.
Removing your teen from the influences of negative peer groups or sometimes even family conflict can help them reflect more on what is creating their negative behavior.
These programs (therapeutic boarding schools/residential treatment centers) continue with your teen’s education, have therapists to work on your teen’s emotional wellbeing to help him develop coping and communication skills as well as building motivation and setting goals for their (now) bright future.
This is a major emotional and financial decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s why we help educate parents on schools and programs that would best fit their individual teen’s needs.
We know how confusing the internet can be — and you don’t want to make a rash decision while you’re in crisis. Learn from our mistakes, gain from our knowledge. Read more about the founders story.
Contact us today for a free consultant about teen help programs.
Have you recently discovered the high costs of boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, and/or other avenues of academic and emotional growth assistance for your struggling teenager?
For the average middle class family, the fees can be staggering. Even people of means may experience “sticker shock” at the tuition of these programs.
Due to the extensive costs of operating specialty schools with the appropriate licenses, credentialed staff, and certified educational accreditation, it is extremely expensive.
The average cost of private therapeutic boarding schools and programs is approximately $7,500 per month and are generally not all-inclusive. There is usually a separate processing fee which can range from $2,500-$3,500 and normally covers insurances, administrative costs, and other various charges.
Some programs will include the uniform in that fee. Other programs will have an additional fee for uniforms. When choosing a program, be sure to ask specifically what is included and what extra fees to expect. If a private program is less than $5,000 per month, please be sure to do your research.
Specifically when you are reviewing religious programs, they don’t always have to meet the same standards or regulations that credentialed schools do. You can locate treatment centers that have spiritual component, however many religious affiliated programs do not have any reporting agencies which can be very troubling. For more information on this, Dateline did a segment about it, Broke Circle.
Many programs offer a discount if tuition is paid up front or paid quarterly. This is an individual decision which is dependent on your financial circumstances and family’s needs.
M-Lend Financial Options include interest free credit cards (at no additional costs) and low interest installment loans for various credit ratings up to 84 month terms and $100,000. Particularly for addiction treatment. With no interest charges for an extended period of time, this can be a welcome bridge to financing.
Prosper Lending Lends up to $35,000 for Health/Medical/Treatment at customized lending rates based on credit history, credit worthiness, and amount requested.
Cross Bank Medical Financing Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $35,000. No loans are offered in Connecticut, New York, West Virginia and Vermont. An origination fee of 8% is included in the principal loan amount. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the cost of credit as a yearly rate. The APR offered to you will depend on such factors as your credit score, application information, loan amount, loan term, and credit history.
You can also ask the school or program you are considering if they have their own lenders.
If a child has a college fund, it might be a good time to use it. Although we expect (or hope) our children will want to go to college, getting your teen the emotional help they need is imperative. Without having coping skills, mental health wellness and social stability – it will be extremely difficult for them to be successful in higher education – whether it’s college or a trade school.
If you have a 529 Plan, ask your financial advisor or accountant for more information about withdrawing funds.
When the time comes when they are ready for that step and you have exhausted your educational fund, there are always grants and scholarships for which to apply.
Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
Does your child have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) through your local school district? In some cases, this may defer some of your tuition costs in respect to the academic component of a boarding school or program. If you have an IEP in place for your child, it is important to ask the school or program you are considering if they work with IEPs and discuss the reimbursement process. For more information on IEPs, click here.
Home Equity Credit Line
Another alternative to financing a program is a Home Equity Credit Line. This can be beneficial to you in a few ways. Not only is a convenient way to access money that is needed, it can also be a tax deduction in regards to the interest payments.
Please keep in mind, sometimes the program you are sending your child to can also be a tax deduction in regards to medical expenses. The therapeutic and medical portions of the tuition can usually be deducted. Check with your tax preparer or accountant for more information.
Credit cards, though carrying a potentially high interest rate, may be able to provide you with the initial monies to enroll your child until you are able to access an educational loan, credit line, or other means of payment.
Many parents will use a credit card which accumulates airline miles or other beneficial services and pay it off within the 28-30 days with their credit line or other financial means. This prevents you from incurring finance charges. It can also be a way to earn airline travel to use when it comes time to visit your child if they are out of state.
Contact your medical insurance provider to see if they cover residential placement. Some will cover the first 30 days or possibly the therapeutic portion of your child’s stay (generally one third of the tuition). PPO’s are typically more likely to cover some costs (specifically if you have out-of-network benefits), however it never hurts to check with your insurance company.
In searching for programs, you may want to ask the program if they accept your insurance or have experience with how much you could expect from your specific insurance company. Having them process a verification of benefits (VOB) prior you enrolling your child or signing any contacts can be helpful in giving you a better idea of what your insurance will cover. Not all programs will do this, but a majority of them will.
For families that have Medicaid, HMO or a Tricare health insurance policy, and you would like your medical benefits to cover your child’s behavioral modification program — please contact the number on your insurance card and ask them for residential treatment centersin your network. This way you will have coverage. Self-pay programs start at about $7500 per month and up. They usually will only accept PPO insurance policies.
A Single Case Agreement (SCA) is a contract between an insurance company and an out-of-network provider for a specific patient, so that the patient can see that provider using their in-network benefits (i.e., the patient will only have to pay their routine in-network co-pays for sessions after meeting their in-network deductible (if any).
Single Child Insurance Policy for Mental Health
If you live in the following states, AZ, CO, FL, IL, KS, MO, NC, TN, UT, and VA, Cigna Health Insurance offers a single child mental health insurance policy. Open enrollment starts on November 1, 2020. Call for more information – (866) 621-8181. You can also ask the school or program you are considering if they accept this policy.
Family or Employee Loan
Many families will borrow from relatives or, in some cases, employers have been known to contribute to the family. There is a chance that this could also be a tax deduction for individuals or companies. Don’t be afraid to ask the program if they offer scholarships; some do have limited financial aid, so it is important to ask.
Was Your Child Adopted?
The Adoptive Families Coalition welcomes and helps families with post-adoption challenges. They offer a unique plan to assist in meeting the high cost of therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers. You can find the sponsorship application page at http://adoptive.org/sponsorship/ or Call (602)-740-7149 or (602)-390-0220.
If you adopted your child through foster-care, there may also be financial resources for you. Check with your social worker and the state your child was adopted in to determine your benefits. Some private teen help programs are contracted with state foster-care agencies to assist families of struggling teens.
Was Your Child a Victim of a Crime?
If your child is struggling due to the fact that they were a victim of a crime, there are funds available to help you pay for therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment in every state. In some cases, the entire tuition or a majority of the cost can be covered. You must apply for assistance in the state in which the crime was committed.
We should note that the crime must be merely reported and have a case number, it does not need to have gone to trial or resulted in a conviction in order to be eligible for funding. The National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards has a list of all of the state crime victim compensation web sites where you can begin to apply for funding for a therapeutic boarding school and residential treatment center.
P.U.R.E. does not offer any scholarships or financial aid.
If you are searching for free programs or programs that accept Medicaid, please contact your Medicaid provider for a list or programs in network. Your local United Way may also have resources for you.
DISCLAIMER P.U.R.E. makes no claims to the accuracy of this content and makes no warranties or guarantees that the information will result in funding or even potential funding. This information is not intended as financial advice, and P.U.R.E. is not responsible for the financial choices you make based upon this information. We highly recommend that you consult with a registered financial advisor or your accountant. Also, please take into consideration the entire breadth of your family’s financial obligations before selling any of your assets or entering into any kind of loan agreement, whether it be a personal or institutional loan.
Are you worried about getting your teen to their program safely?
Professional assistance in transporting (escorting) your child to a program or school
Why use a transport service for your troubled teen?
Transport services, also known as escort services or assisted admissions, are usually a last resort for parents to safely bring their teen to programs.
Being a last resort doesn’t mean it is a negative choice. Using a qualified professional can be a good experience for a teen.
Some teens are willing to get help; others will go under false pretense, and this is when there is need for assisted admissions into a school or program.
Since transporting your teen can be a difficult decision, it is very important to choose qualified and credentialed professionals. The transport service should be licensed and insured to transport teens and also have various degrees and/or background in education, psychology, behavioral science, mental health, or other related fields.
These are professionals! Don’t think twice to ask them to email you their licenses and credentials. Also ask for parent references from your area that also has the same age and gender of your child — call them and get a sense of comfort before you make your decision.
Assisted transports can be a very good experience with the right professional.
Safe and Sound Youth Transportation ensures the safe and reliable intervention/transport of teens from a home or a child’s current placement to a chosen destination.
They are a team of kind, caring, yet firm professionals who truly care about the families they work with. They travel with GPS, movies, blankets and pillows, and other tools needed to keep your child comfortable, as well as Safe and Sound.
Contact Lorraine for a free consult: 207-989-4200 or 207-949-1723 (cell/text)