Our experience had both positives and negatives.
Our daughter started to have serious behavioral issues by the time she was 14 1/2. She started running away, shut down in school, became defiant and vulgar to her parents, and was using marijuana and drinking. By the time she was almost 16, she was totally out of control, would not come home for days at a time, she would not go to school at all, and continued to be extremely disrespectful, and was expanding on her drug use. NBHCS was recommended to us as a \"Dual Diagnosis\" treatment center and since no-one could ever establish if my Daughter was a drug addict and her behavior was the result of doing drugs, or if she had mental and behavioral issues and drug use was a symptom of a larger problem, we thought this would be a great choice.
1) Lock down treatment.
2) Very kind staff. I liked every one of them.
3) Access to your child. They encourage contact and communication on a daily basis.
4) Good parent support program. Use it.
As other reviews have mentioned and I now agree with; Very young staff lacking experience to deal with clients that need additional help.
Program focuses on drug addiction much more than behavioral issues. If your child isn\'t a chronic drug addict, this program might not be a great fit, contrary to what they advertise.
Only one 1 hour individual therapy session per week for behavioral issues, mental health etc. These sessions were the main benefit for my daughter and to only get one per week was sadly insufficient.
Extremely expensive. The best therapy ranches in the Northwest are only 30 - 50% of the cost (although most likely not covered by insurance)
My Daughter was discharged after 40 days with a home living agreement that included coming home at night and going to school daily. Even while she was still at NWBHS we could tell that even though she had picked up on some healthy treatment lingo, she still had a defiant streak and we were not extremely hopeful that this would be a new beginning.
She made it 29 days and then informed us she would not be coming home. She has also stopped going to school. she maintains regular contact with us and communicates with us with much more decency than she did before.
NWBHS was adamant that they cared and wanted to stay involved in my daughters well being and recovery, and had us sign on her discharge paper our authorization for them to follow up after 30 days and contact us. It has now been 7 weeks and no-one has attempted any contact.
I emailed my daughters main therapist there when she stopped coming home asking what my next step might be for re-admittance, or any other advice, and she never responded.
NWBHS was a beacon of hope in our darkest hour, and maybe the best is yet to come.