DIRECTORY OF LOW COST BOARDING SCHOOLS AND AFFORDABLE THERAPEUTIC PROGRAMS FOR TROUBLED TEENS
Provided by: Best Choice Admissions Services
If you have a troubled teenager and low income, the low-cost boarding schools and free boarding schools are listed here which you may want to contact.
List Updated: August 16, 2023
IMPORTANT! If you are interested in one of these low-cost boarding schools or programs, please contact them directly. This website has no affiliation with them. Others have shared them with us, but we do not vouch for them nor endorse them, nor do we have any more information about them than is included here. Be sure to check them out carefully.
OTHER PROGRAMS (SHORT TERM AND YOUTH JOBS):
JOB CORPS (Free – NATIONWIDE) Job Corps is a free education and vocational skills training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. If you are interested in placing your teen in a Job Corp program in your area, call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627. An operator will provide you with information about Job Corps, place you in touch with the admissions counselor closest to where you live, and mail you an information packet about the Job Corp program.
FREE DRUG PROGRAM (San Antonio, TX)(WEB: www.pdap.com/sahome.htm)
YOUTH BUILD USA –In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and under-educated young people ages 16-24 work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. To find a location near you, call 617-623-9900.
NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE — (40 locations) (Coed, age 16-18) A preventive non-religious youth-at-risk program, targets unemployed, drug-free, and law-free high school dropouts. Core components of the program are citizenship, academic excellence (GED/high school diploma attainment), life-coping skills, community service, health and hygiene, skills training, leadership/followership, and physical training. The five-month residential phase is followed by a year-long mentoring relationship with a specially trained member from each youth’s community (WEB: www.ngyf.org/)
OTHER HELPFUL DIRECTORIES
THERAPEUTIC BOARDING SCHOOLS — https://therapeuticboardingschools.org/
CHRISTIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS — https://christianboardingschools.org/
PATHWAYS COUNSELING — OUTPATIENT COUNSELING ONLY – (WEB: bchfs.com/counseling-services/) Ph: 618-382-4164
SAMHSA — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Online directory to help locate treatment facilities for adolescents and adults. Call 800-662-HELP; 1-877-767-8432 (Spanish); (WEB: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/)
FOR FAMILIES WITH TRI-CARE MILITARY INSURANCE
Residential Treatment Programs for Military Families utilizing Tri-Care Insurance:
FOR MEDICAID or STATE INSURANCE FAMILIES
Medicaid recipients may attempt to get a list of programs that will work with their insurance directly from their State’s Medicaid Office:
1. Call Member Services – the Member Services number is located on the back of the Medicaid insurance card – ask for their list of preferred providers for Residential Treatment Centers, both in and out of their coverage area.
2. Do not let Medicaid ask to pre-qualify the student or patient over the phone – just request that they provide you with their list of programs, or website address where providers are listed.
3. Inquire Directly – programs accepting Medicaid often require that the child meets the medical necessity requirements for coverage. Then, the program will begin to act as the family advocate to get funding for the child’s stay. However, this can take months. Inquiring directly through Medicaid may save a 4-month wait to be evaluated.
Some states post providers who work with Medicaid on a webpage, please search for your state’s Medicaid providers via the Internet. If your child has been hospitalized for crisis stabilization or short-term treatment, ask the hospital for a social worker who can assist you in finding longer-term placement using Medicaid services.
IMPORTANT! If you are interested in one of these programs, please contact them directly. This website has no affiliation with them. Others have shared them with us, but we do not vouch for them nor endorse them, nor do we have any more information about them than is included here. Be sure to check them out carefully.
Should you need help finding boarding high schools, boarding schools for troubled teens, boarding schools, affordable boarding schools, troubled teen schools or Christian boarding schools, please let us know. Alternative boarding schools are usually therapeutic boarding schools or religious boarding schools specifically designed for at-risk teens. These boarding schools, sometimes called reform schools, wilderness schools, or emotional growth schools, combine therapy with academics to help kids get back on track. Another category of residential schools is Christian boarding schools. In these troubled teen boarding schools, professional help is offered for teens to heal from trauma, learn how to cope and overcome difficulties, and discover more about themselves. Teens typically live in a group home that resembles a dorm and each resident has a set of responsibilities and chores to pitch in with. Academic and therapeutic activities are top priority and take up the majority of the day in these schools for troubled teens. However, sports, fun activities, clubs, and other extracurricular activities are also emphasized. The integration of a new location, academic support, therapy sessions, group living, and recreational activities help troubled and struggling teens to overcome their challenges, get back on the right track, and set them up for a bright future.