My son spent several months at a facility associated with www.uhsinc.com (Universal Health Services, Inc.) According to their site, "Universal Health Services, Inc. is one of the country's largest and most respected hospital management companies and is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Through its subsidiaries, UHS owns and operates more than 225 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide, in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico."
Is UHS the perfect place to sent your child or teen when they are having problems? Is there really a perfect place? No and no. I wish there was. Is UHS an accredited facility, with professionals that are trained and working to help your child? Yes. Sometimes all we can expect is that they are trying.
UHS facilities are not on www.natsap.org "The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) represents a variety of programs and schools providing
treatment to over 4,600 clients across North America. Our members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment schools, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs, and home-based residential programs working with troubled teens and troubled adolescents. Our programs are dedicated to providing the highest quality services to the people and families they serve." The reason UHS is not on NATSAP is because it is a hospital type facility rather than a therapeutic school and program. They handle acute and long-term care, whereas the NATSAP programs tend to handle shorter term and non-acute cases. I would recommend UHS if you are looking for a program for your child or teen who is having acute mental health or long term mental health issues and you may even get your insurance to cover some of it.
There is not one place that will be perfect for your child to get help and recover from a mental illness. I always said if money were no object, the best place in the world would have been for him to stay at home with live in mental health staff to help with care and day programs to attend with other youth struggling with similar issues, but unfortunately, this type of care is nearly impossible to get. It was impossible for me to help my son with all of his issues and keep him safe without outside help.
Everyone must do what they feel is right for their child. Everyone's situation is different, but we can all learn from the experiences of others for the welfare of our children's future.