Is a residential program or outdoor wilderness program really the best place for your child, adolescent or young adult to receive treatment right now? Are there services in the community that would work?
Being away from home is hard for everyone, especially children and teens. Although outdoor therapeutic and residential treatment programs can appear to be safe, it is important evaluate every program to see that it is well-run, and the staff has been properly screened and trained.
Outdoor therapeutic programs can be used to achieve a specific goal like respite and assessment.
Residential treatment centers and Therapeutic boarding schools are used to achieve education, medication stabilization, or learning particular skills in preparation for return to the community.