Parent Treatment Advocates | Who And Why We Are
The Parent’s Treatment Advocates began informally in 2007 when a group of parents gathered with the single goal of educating families about treatment options for adolescents with mental health or addiction issues. The goal was to prevent parents from repeating the mistakes that many of us had made.
It is gut wrenching when a teen loses their life because a parent fails to seek or find effective treatment. It is even more horrifying when a teen loses their life at the hands of a treatment provider. The latter happens with greater frequency than the general public might possibly imagine. In addition, dozens of teens are emotionally, physically and sexually abused every year in treatment.
More frequently however, teens and families simply get treatment that is of poor quality. This results in wasted time, money and opportunities. Teens often go to treatment only to return home and revert to old behaviors. Families are left frustrated and with the misperception that treatment doesn’t work.
The reality is that quality treatment exists and has the ability to change lives. We again speak from our own experiences. It gives us great joy to direct families toward programs that we know work. While some factors used to measure quality can be subjective, many are not. Safety records, Provider’s Credentials, Staff to Client Ratios and many other factors are objective and generally speaking, easily measured.
As advocates for quality treatment, each member of our organization is a volunteer. No person associated with the Parent’s Treatment Alliance accepts any fees for any services provided. We, as an organization do not accept any fees, sponsorships or advertising dollars from treatment programs. This allows us to make our single focus providing current, accurate treatment related information to families in crisis.