my fiance has a son, age 16, with serious diagnosed mental and emotional problems including bi-polar disorder, add, adhd, additional learning problems, auditory and visual hallucinations, addictive behaviors, anti-social personality, defiance and reactive attachment disorder. he has been in 2 different residential treatment facilities in pa and in nj from july 2009-june 2010. he has been home with his family ( sister, age 13 and father, age 57: confined to a wheelchair due to type 2 adult onset diabetes, with an excellent full time job ) this young man has a diagnosed addiction to an online computer game. he is a compulsive over-eater. he lost his mother
to cancer 14 months ago and has not been able to deal with grief issues. his father would like to have him enter a program at "turnabout ranch" for a minimum of 100 days. it would be a private pay situation followed immediately by a short stay in a more traditional treatment facility. the ranch concept of traditional values, hard work, constant monitoring by therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other members of a psych team, is something that is very different from anything that has been tried with this boy in the past. he is defiant, non-compliant re: his prescribed medications, unable to deal with his grief, anger at his father and at G-d, addiction, and he has been advised by his family counselor, who he sees weekly, as well as his concerned family, and of course, his dad, who is trying to be both parents as a single dad, that he needs to leave home in order to receive the help that he desperately requires.
his father is concerned that because he is already 16, almost 17, that he can refuse treatment as mandated by nj state law. i would like to know, on his father's behalf, what steps are needed to place his son in the turnabout ranch program if he will not go of his own free will. he is convinced that he is "counseled out", refuses all available help ( mentor provided by the state of nj, grief counselor that he refuses to meet with after the 1st time, and a number of other therapy related resource options. he has failed 9th grade twice. he has become more angry in the last several weeks and insists that "i just want to be left alone".
clearly, he needs help and his dad needs answers to allow him to follow through with his plan to have a medical transport company take him from his home in nj to "turnabout ranch" in utah.
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