Therapeutic Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens from California, located in Montana

Turning Winds is a residential treatment center, located in Montana, for teens and adolescents from California. We have provided care for hundreds of teens from California with mental health issues, behavioral health issues, learning disabilities requiring IEPs, and substance use disorders (SUDs). Turning Winds has taken the best elements from wilderness therapy, therapeutic boarding schools, and residential treatment centers to create an immersive clinical and educational experience for its patients. Our mission is to rescue teens from crisis, renew their belief in their potential, reunite them with their families, and put them on a sustainable path to success. Contact us online for more information, or call us at 800-845-1380. If we miss your call, rest assured we will reconnect with you promptly to start planning your transformative experience at Turning Winds.

How To Find The Best Teen Treatment

Your Goal

Your aim is to nurture your child’s behavioral, mental, and emotional well-being, and to facilitate their healing process while establishing a base for a life of purpose, happiness, and success. Finding a program that aligns with this objective is crucial, and considering a long-term residential program out-of-state could be instrumental in realizing this goal.

Location, Location, Location

We recognize that the decision to seek treatment for your child is deeply personal and can be incredibly challenging. You may believe that a facility closer to home, in the richly resourced state like California, might be the best choice. However, it is important to consider that proximity does not always promise the most effective healing environment.

Our approach is built on the understanding that sometimes, a significant physical and emotional distance from familiar, yet potentially detrimental surroundings is a powerful catalyst for change. The influences of local peers, dynamics within the home, or a stressful school environment can often impede recovery. By choosing Turning Winds, you’re not simply sending your child away; you’re opening a door to an opportunity—a place uniquely tailored to foster growth and healing.

Envision this not as a separation, but as an essential pause, granting your family space to breathe, to reflect, and to grow individually. It’s an interlude where your teen can discover new passions, talents, and perspectives, all under the guidance of compassionate professionals who are dedicated to their well-being.

Embracing treatment out of state isn’t just about location—it’s about transformation. In the of Turning Winds, your child will be introduced to a world of new experiences, surrounded by peers on similar journeys, and supported by mentors who understand the value of fresh starts and new beginnings. This change in environment is more than a backdrop; it’s an integral part of the healing journey, providing the distance necessary to view life’s challenges through a new lens.

Length of Stay

Navigating the landscape of treatment programs for a struggling youth requires a thoughtful analysis of their needs and the different levels of care available. Outpatient services in California might offer sone support, but they typically leave the child in their unchanged environment, which can limit the effectiveness of the intervention. The child’s day-to-day life remains the same, with the addition of sporadic therapeutic sessions. However, for meaningful and enduring change, this may not suffice.

Short-term inpatient programs present an alternative, offering more intensive care over a period of one to three months. Many families find these appealing, particularly when costs are partly covered by insurance. However,  it’s critical to question whether a brief intervention is sufficient for lasting healing or if it’s simply a pause in the child’s struggles.

Long-term programs, with durations from six months to a year, offer a deeper, more comprehensive approach. In such settings, there’s a robust focus on overall development, including behavioral, mental, emotional health, and academic progress. The immersive experience in a long-term program provides the child with the time, space, and resources to undergo significant personal growth, equipping them with the skills and resilience needed to thrive beyond the program’s confines. When considering the best path forward, it is vital to weigh the benefits of a sustained and immersive therapeutic environment against shorter, potentially less transformative options.

Insurance and Cost

You may have insurance that can cover some costs, so it is beneficial to find out what kind of coverage you have for your child and what type of care is covered. Whatever treatment you pursue, a quality treatment program will help verify insurance and advocate the best care for your child along the way. Most insurance companies will not pay for the entire length of stay for a long-term program over 90 days, but that does not mean you should limit your child’s stay. There are a variety of ways to finance long-term care for your loved one so be sure to explore all options and speak with the program for guidance and direction. Don’t let cost dictate finding the best possible placement and care for your loved one; going beyond just insurance and paying out of pocket costs for the best program now will be more cost effective in the long run and can save your child from months or even years of further struggle and suffering while also potentially eliminating the need for further treatment, the risk of legal consequences, or the pain and trauma  within a family.  

Can Turning Winds Help?

Turning Winds is a mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorder treatment center and boarding school for struggling adolescents located on 150 acres in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana. Whether you are looking for help in the state of California or wanting to attend treatment out-of-state, we can help you find the right treatment for your teen.

It is very common to feel overwhelmed by the treatment process and that is why we want to make sure you are equipped with the facts so that you can make the best decision for your child.

For more information on how Turning Winds can help you, contact us now at 800-845-1380.

Turning Winds wants to make sure that you are able to get the help you deserve, so please feel free to utilize these free resources below.

Health & Human Service Resources and Information In California

  • Al-Anon/Alateen can be found in Northern and Southern CA and offers  support groups for the families and friends of those who struggle with alcoholism.

  • NA California (Narcotics Anonymous) can be found in Northern and Southern CA. NA is a program to help those struggling with drug addiction and substance use disorders.

  • Nar-Anon California is a support group for the families and friends of those who struggle with drug addiction.

  • California Youth Services provides crisis intervention, counseling, and family support for teens and parents.

  • Happy Hippies Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Miley Cyrus. Their mission is to provide support and resources for the LGBTQ youth.

  • First 5 California is an organization that helps provide resources and information for families and youth.

  • CA Department of Education provides resources to parents and general information about the state education system.

  • Youth Substance Abuse Disorder Services in CA for those with Medi-Cal and/or financial difficulties.

  • United Way of CA was designed to focus on three major areas of help; health, education, and income. Their resources can be beneficial for any family looking for more information on how they can improve their lives.

  • 2-1-1 is a free non-profit organization that provides information and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is supported by United Way. 2-1-1 services all income levels, languages, and cultural backgrounds.

  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) provides a national information, a crisis helpline, and treatment finder for those struggling with mental, behavioral, and addiction.

  • AA California (Alcoholics Anonymous) is a mutual aid fellowship & program designed to help those who struggle with alcoholism.

Turning Winds California Alumni Spotlight

“I attended Turning Winds in 2017 and graduated from High School in 2018. I am now attending college and majoring in psychology.”

Faith from Folsom, California

Heal With Turning Winds

Is your child or loved one struggling and lost? Have you tried all different means of help and support and nothing is working? Are you feeling overwhelmed and just not sure what you as a parent or guardian should do next? Let us help guide you in the right direction that is best for your loved one and family. No family should have to face this journey alone so contact us today.

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