New Partnership Offers Unique Help to Troubled Teens and Families

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Turnabout/Stillwater Academy and Homeward Bound Unite to Provide Greater Aftercare Services

Research shows lasting success among teens graduating from a residential treatment program is largely based on three components: family involvement during treatment, the return to a stable home environment, and the availability of aftercare support for youth and their families. For more than twenty years, Turnabout/Stillwater Academy has been incorporating these fundamentals into its treatment program, and now in partnership with aftercare leader Homeward Bound, Turnabout will offer troubled teens and their families more comprehensive aftercare services aimed at achieving greater long-term success.

"Through our combined efforts, Turnabout's graduating students and families will be more prepared for the real-world and will have higher levels of success than ever before," said Dr. Tim Thayne, founder and CEO of Homeward Bound. "While Turnabout has always been conscientious about how they help parents, this integrated program shows their full commitment to the process of aftercare."

As part of the new aftercare services, every family who comes to Turnabout will be given a Turnabout therapist and a Homeward Bound transition specialist, who work together to prepare teens and their families for the return home. The transition specialist educates parents on the transition process, assists them in making a transition plan, and provides them with vital support after their teen's graduation. Families will also have access to the Family Bridge, Homeward Bound's internet based program used for coordination and communication between the family, the family support team, their Turnabout therapist, and their transition specialist.

"Turnabout has always approached treatment with this end in mind---we want families to be successful after the program," said Scott Jones, program director at Turnabout. "Homeward Bound gives us more tools and experts to do just that, and I believe other treatment programs and professionals will look to our joint model as an example of what is possible in the field."

For more information on Turnabout and its partnership with Homeward Bound, contact Turnabout's program director Scott Jones.

About Turnabout/Stillwater Academy:
Turnabout/Stillwater Academy is a licensed, adolescent treatment program and private school dedicated to helping families and struggling teens find the pathway back to happiness and family harmony. For more than 20 years, Turnabout's family centered approach to treatment has helped restore hope and healing to hundreds of families nationwide. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the organization provides treatment services to troubled teens dealing with a wide range of issues.

About Homeward Bound:
Created in response to a need for more effective aftercare help for troubled teens, Homeward Bound is recognized as the industry leader in aftercare and transition management. The company's innovative, evidence-based aftercare program helps teens and families bridge the gap between out-of-home treatment and the return to real life. For more than three years, Homeward Bound has assisted teens and their families throughout North America in navigating the transition process and achieving long-term success, unity, and happiness.

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