Why do I need a therapeutic placement specialist?
What if my spouse and I do not agree about the severity of our child’s issues?
How do I know when to consider an out of home placement?
This question is one of the most difficult for parents to answer. Parents making this difficult decision are typically pointing to their child’s lack of investment or progress in traditional forms of treatment or education. You will never hear us tell you “this is something you need to do.” We will help you determine if you have exhausted all local options. Our commitment is to having your child treated in the lowest level of care that will meet his or her therapeutic needs.
What if we wait?
This is a very personal decision for every family we work with. We will be ready to assist you when you believe the time is right. It is our experience that young people don’t “outgrow” mental health issues and substance abuse. Young people either have the skill set necessary to make change or they need to develop those tools.
If my child needs treatment, what is the timeline for finding the most appropriate program and for placement? Of course this varies depending on the type of placement search we are doing. In crisis situations we have orchestrated placements with the utmost care in 24 hours. A more typical process that provides us with the time to gather information from treating professionals and make recommendation to parents is 3-7 days. School search recommendations typically take between one and two weeks.
How do we get our child bought into this idea?
We would prefer to meet all students in person prior to making placement recommendations. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible children and adolescents. Initially, much of our work is with parents. We work directly with you to determine if and when is the best time to introduce your child to this process. In situations when it is determined by you that telling your child in advance is not possible, we assist in arranging transportation, provided by trained professionals, for your child from your home directly to the treatment program you have chosen. We do meet with our adult clients, either in person or virtually, depending on their location.
Will I have opportunities to visit my child or loved one while they are away?
Absolutely! The most respected programs have robust family and parenting components as a part of their therapeutic curriculums. While it sounds counterintuitive, families are growing closer by being apart for a period of time.
What type of information do you collect to evaluate my child’s needs?
We attempt to gather information from both parents and professionals in every case. Interviewing psychiatrists, clinicians, teachers or school administrators, as well as meeting with students when possible are all important tools. We also gather psychological and educational testing, transcripts and other documentation parents can provide.
How can we afford an out of home placement?
There is no question that out of home placements are very expensive and frequently not covered by insurance. There are however many ways to reduce your out of pocket costs. We will educate you about what our clients are doing to pay for treatment and work to save you money wherever we can.