Juvenile Boot Camps

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ARE JUVENILE BOOT CAMPS EFFECTIVE?

Some mental health professionals do not believe that boot camps are effective because:

ALTERNATIVES TO BOOT CAMPS

Alternatives to boot camps include individualized, family centered programs and small, community based programs.  Character development wilderness programs like Outward Bound are also an option for parents who want their teens immersed in an intensive correctional program outside the home. Connecticut’s alternative program is the Wilderness School (http://www.ct.gov/dcf/cwp/view.asp?a=2539&q=313850), in East Hartland, managed by the State Department of Children and Families.  Teens can be referred to the Wilderness School by social workers, youth counselors, juvenile justice workers, mental health providers, mentors, school teachers, counselors or coaches.

TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO BOOT CAMPS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by service names:
Parenting Education
Parent Support Groups
Adolescent/Youth Counseling
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
Youth Enrichment Programs
or search by agency/program name:
Wilderness School
Family with Service Needs

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PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: July2017