When it becomes necessary for a teen to take a period of time out from school and extracurricular activities to focus on getting treatment for a substance use disorder, mental health disorder, or a dual diagnosis, there is often concern about falling behind academically. While seeking treatment is the top priority, it is also important that an extended absence from school does not negatively impact the teen’s academic progress. The clinical staff at BNI Treatment Centers understands the importance of a student’s ability to keep up with schoolwork while in treatment. For this reason, a defined academic support structure is in place to facilitate the student’s school assignments while a resident at BNI Treatment Centers.
During the residential treatment period, the adolescent will continue to engage in their studies through a coordinated effort between the school representatives, the parents, and the student. Schools are accustomed to providing a student’s syllabi and assignments through the academic counselors or other administration officials. While each school’s policies are unique, there are typically allowances made by the teachers for students who are legitimately excused for health-related purposes, including longer due date windows and the opportunity to make up missed exams if necessary. The BNI case management and treatment team will work with the school representatives and parents in coordinating schoolwork and delivering the completed assignments.
During treatment the student may require additional assistance with their schoolwork. To aid with this, BNI Treatment Centers provides on-site tutors as well as computer stations for the teen’s school use while in treatment. By providing these services the teen will not fall significantly behind their peers and can return to school and join their classes with confidence.