Rescue Youth is committed to providing a directory that is accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive. All information provided is considered accurate as of the date indicated for each business record. Users of this Directory are advised that this information is provided as a general reference only. Rescue Youth assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein, and do not assume any liability resulting from errors or omissions. Inclusion or omission of business or organization is not a comment on its quality. Inclusion of a company or organization on the Rescue Youth Website does not constitute endorsement, or recommendations of their products or services.
Most of the programs listed on this website are not regulated by the federal government, and many are not subject to state licensing or monitoring as mental health or educational facilities, either. A 2007 Report to Congress by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found cases involving serious abuse and neglect at some of these programs. Many programs advertise on the Internet and through other media, making claims about staff credentials, the level of treatment a participant will receive, program accreditation, education credit transfers, success rates, and endorsements by educational consultants.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, cautions that before you enroll a youngster in a private residential treatment program, check it out: ask questions; ask for proof or support for claims about staff credentials, program accreditation, and endorsements; do a site visit; and get all policies and promises in writing. Click here for questions to ask before you enroll your child in any program.