Chances are that your teen won’t be at all cooperative, but you have to remember that you’re the parent and you have to do what’s best for your child!
When looking into different residential treatment centers, make sure that the facility is accredited with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO). By being accredited, you can be assured that they have met stringent requirements. Another advantage of sending your teen to an accredited RTC is that you increase your chances of your insurance company picking up the tab! Often an insurance company will pay for up to 60 days in an RTC type facility. Unfortunately, short term placement can seem like a vacation to your teen and unless you are willing to send them for a long-term placement, it may be a waste of time.
Residential Treatment Centers are all different and can vary in the length of stay for a teen, as well as the cost involved. Occasionally, an insurance company will pay for a long-term stay. Find out what your insurance company will cover before searching out an RTC for your child. Remember that if you do find yourself having to place your teen in a residential treatment center, it’s not because you’re a failure as a parent! The fact that you have taken this step proves that you’re a terrific parent – one that wants only what’s best for the son or daughter that you love!