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Frequently Asked Questions

Horizon Family Solutions introduces our essential FAQ page. 

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How many different types of programs and schools are there?

Behavioral Addiction Centers

Boarding School

Gap Year Opportunities

Non Residential / Outpatient 

Residential Treatment Center

Specialty Psychiatric Hospital

Therapeutic Boarding School

Therapeutic Day School

Transitional Independent Young Adult Living

Wilderness Therapy Program

Young Adult Programs 18+


What is the difference between a residential treatment center (RTC) and a therapeutic boarding school?

This is one of the most asked  questions. Click here to read an article about some of the differences.


What types of questions do I need to ask treatment programs when I am calling about my child or young adult?

As someone who has been in that position, Dr. Frances knows that feeling exhausted with the process, frazzled and overwhelmed is normal. She created a document for families to help them along the way. Click here - Considering Residential, Therapeutic or Wilderness Treatment?


Are wilderness therapy programs covered by insurance? 

In the past twelve months, there have been some important strides in receiving insurance reimbursement for intermediate outdoor behavior health (OBH) programs, sometimes referred to as “Wilderness Therapy.” The insurance landscape is fluid and ever-changing, requiring regular updates for current and past parents of wilderness therapy families. Click here to read an article covering this topic


What are transitional living programs for young adults? 

Transitional living programs for young adults are designed for young men and women that need additional support when making the shift from adolescence into adulthood. 

These specialized programs help young adults achieve success through comprehensive types of programming combined with shared various living styles from apartment to housing type situations. There are many different types of transitional living programs for young adults. 

Transitional living programs can be single gender (all-women or all-men) or co-ed and also serve a variety of ages. Many are specialized to meet the specific needs of a particular population. Some of the areas supported are academic support, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Autism spectrum, Asperger’s syndrome, college education, depression, GAP experiences, Learning differences, NVLD, OCD … just to name a few. Click Here to explore Young Adult Transitional Living Programs.


What is an educational / therapeutic consultant? 

Educational/Therapeutic Consultants provide a family and their child, adolescent, teen or young adult with individual attention, firsthand knowledge of hundreds of opportunities, and the time to explore all of the options. These opportunities include behavior addiction treatment centers, Boarding schools, Day schools, GAP Year opportunities, Residential Treatment Centers, Therapeutic Boarding Schools, Transitional Independent Living Programs, and Wilderness therapy programs. 

With their extensive knowledge of programs and schools, as well as their knowledge of staff at these various programs and schools, educational consultants can broaden the potential choices, and provide vital help to make the best choice. 

There is a lot to consider when making an emotional and/or financial decision – such as benefit/insurance coverage, out of pocket cost, desired academic curriculum, health care provided, location, mental health needs, opportunities available, setting, and travel. 

With an educational consultant, you have the opportunity to explore a wider variety of options and discuss possibilities. Professional educational consultants are not aligned with any specific program or school. Click here to explore Educational Consultants.


What is an intervention? 

A family member or friend is often the first person to propose an intervention. In the world of recovery, an intervention is a carefully planned process by which family and friends come together to confront the person they care about regarding their addiction. It involves meeting at a pre-arranged date and time and most often is done without letting the person of concern know until the moment it begins. Family and friends are then encouraged to express their concerns and feelings towards the afflicted person’s condition in a positive and structured manner. The most successful forms of intervention usually involve a large amount of forethought and careful planning towards structure, what people plan to say, and the next steps following the intervention. A professional interventionist assists with this plan. Click here – For questions to ask an Interventionist.


What is a teen transport company and what questions do I need to ask one before hiring them?  

Teen transport services are designed to help by providing safe transportation and a therapeutic transition to programs such as addiction treatment programs, clinical assessment centers, residential treatment centers (RTC), and wilderness therapy programs. Click here - For questions to ask when interviewing a teen transport service.  


What is a traditional boarding school? 

A traditional boarding school provides education for students who live on the premises, as opposed to a day school. The word "boarding" is used in the sense of "room and board", i.e. lodging and meals. As they have existed for many centuries, and now extend across many countries, their academics and function varies greatly. Traditionally, students stayed at the school for the length of the term; some schools facilitate returning home every weekend, and some welcome day pupils. 

Some are for either boys or girls while others are co-educational. A typical boarding school has several separate residential houses, either within the school grounds or in the surrounding area. Click here to explore Boarding Schools



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