Common Questions

Is Ozarks Teen Challenge the right choice for your son?

There are multiple options for therapeutic boarding schools for your troubled teen. Reading the answers to the questions below may help you decide if our school for troubled teens is right for your son.

15 months. Studies have shown that it takes the average person 12 months to break ingrained habits and 3 months more to establish new ones.

While you are ultimately in charge of your son’s care, we ask that families commit to the 15-month time frame before enrolling in the program. We require this commitment in order to avoid manipulations of false progress within our student body and to encourage honest & open growth opportunities. We believe in setting standards of structure and consistency for our students, including the length of the program. Also, our program focuses on different developmental areas as they move through our 5 Phases and we want to ensure that each student leaves with every tool available to them.

No, we deal with many life-controlling issues your teenage son may be struggling with (i.e. defiance, running away, pornography, substance abuse, to name a few).

Our student tuition includes the following expenses incurred during our 15-month program:

  • Food & board
  • Educational & recreational field trips
  • Discipleship/mentoring materials and services
  • All facility/administration fees
  • Optional missions trip opportunities & student conferences may require additional funding or fundraising, but we strive to ensure that every student is able to take advantages of these experiences.
  • Uniform & education-related fees are paid separately before your son’s enrollment date.

Tuition is broken down into monthly payments, with the first and last month required prior to arrival. Tuition is due every month thereafter based on the student’s enrollment date.

While our tuition prices are set to make our program as affordable as possible, our Admissions Coordinator can discuss scholarship options with you if they are available at that time.

Typically, insurance does not pay for residential therapeutic treatment or boarding school costs. However, it may depend on your personal benefits package, and it does not hurt to contact your insurance company so that they can make a determination.

Sometimes a church or civic organization that a parent belongs to will assist with treatment costs. Discussing your situation with the Pastor of your church or President of your group may lead to financial assistance

American Healthcare Lending also provides lending options to qualified families. Click Here to learn more!

You are ultimately in control of deciding what is best for your son’s care and we can work with you on options for transporting your son here safely and without incident.

As long as he is under 18 prior to enrollment, he is eligible.

To maintain consistency & structure for our students we have developed a pass schedule for family visits as they move through the program. Please click here to see Pass Schedule.

  • Students have scheduled weekly phone calls home.
  • The frequent exchange of letters is encouraged.
  • Each family is also assigned a Parent Contact, a staff member who will contact you with bi-weekly updates and answer any questions you may have.
  • Detailed monthly progress reports are also sent to each parent/guardian.

It usually takes the average family 2-3 weeks to complete the admissions process. Admission can move faster in emergency situations when parents get all admission documents in quickly.

Spiritual Focus
As opposed to most state-run facilities, we know that the most powerful catalyst for life change comes from three important spiritual truths. The first is that our students are created by God, in His image, no matter their current circumstances. The second is that they were ransomed by Christ, revealing their invaluable worth to God giving hope for the future.  The third is that the power and strength for change is available in the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ. Every aspect of our program is created and filtered through these and the many other spiritual truths of the Bible.

Commitment to Quality Personalized Care
Our staff is committed to addressing the unique needs of each of our students. We do this through one-on-one counseling, individual mentorship, and personal and group discipleship classes.  We are committed to caring for our students as we would our own and providing an environment for them to grow.

Professionalism and Credentials
Our staff is committed to excellence and maintaining credentialing and professionalism that assures safe, quality care for your son.

    • All staff members are Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Institute Certified
    • All staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified
    • A Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and multiple Registered Associate Alcohol and Drug Counselors on staff.
    • Partnerships with several local psychologists specializing in sex therapy and adolescent sex offender counseling.
    • Five staff members hold Bachelor’s degrees in the fields of Wildlife Biology, Broadcasting, Music, Psychology, and Theology.
    • Three staff members hold Master’s degrees in the fields of Counseling, Business, and Criminal Justice.
    • One staff member holds a Doctoral Degree in the field of Therapeutic Recreation