How does communication work while the students are in the program?
We provide bi-weekly phone updates for parents/sponsors. We are available via email in between. Communication with students’ families and friends is encouraged and done via writing letters.
What activities are done during the Winter months?
During the winter months, we shift activities to basketball, skiing, snowshoeing, hikes, camping (weather dependent) and ice-fishing.
How much does the program cost? Do you take insurance?
The current monthly tuition is $7,500 per month with a minimum stay of 3 months. On admission, the 1st and 3rd months’ tuition is due with the remaining 2nd month due approximately 30 days after start date.
Insurance is not accepted for our service at Northwoods, we do utilize insurance when available for outside needs such as medication management/counseling.
What is the minimum stay?
The minimum commitment to the program is 90 days which is our preliminary evaluation period. During this time we assess each student, observe attitudes and behaviors and begin working on the goals they developed during their intake. Unlike other facilities we know there is not a magic number in terms of student development and progress. Some students may only require 90 days, others more. Be wary of facilities that require longer or more arbitrary time frames for students’ successful completion; since every student is different, so are their therapeutic needs.
What is your success rate?
Many folks ask us what our success rate is. This we have always found to be a challenge, to give a percentage or attach a number to the success of an individual and their various areas of struggle. Do we do as many other programs and pick 1 criterion? And what is that criteria? Holding employment? Reduced anxiety? Depression? And then from whose perspective do we view this? Parents? Family? The student?
Rather than looking at our students and choosing any singular area to judge their success we look at the overall progress and changes made and assess how long they have sustained those changes. With this in mind from our start in 2012 to now 2019 we have served approximately 120 students (with all but 5) that have sustained the progress made while in the program and found themselves in a better position to continue improving their lives. This is not to say that those students have not had bumps along their progress, more importantly that they have pushed through and continued forward toward their life goals and stability.
So… does this mean we have a success rate of 95.8%? Based on what we have seen in our students and those that we maintain contact with on a regular basis I guess so. There is so much more to factor in with an individual and that is the difference at Northwoods RR, our students are not numbers they are people that we come to care greatly for and are willing to go above and beyond to help. This is why Northwoods is the best option for young men needing a chance to change and improve their lives.
What is a normal day like?
6:30 am wake-up
6:30 – 7:30 am breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 am gym/physical fitness
9:00 am animal care/house chores
10:00 am project/activities
12:00 pm lunch
1:00 pm project/activities
5:00 pm dinner
7:00 pm evening chores
8:00 pm rest & downtime
10:00 pm lights out.
Each day varies at Northwoods. From agricultural projects, to sports activities and group discussions. As a small individualized program we are able to adjust what we do to fit the needs of the students, better targeting the areas of concern and guiding through the process of change.
How many other young men will be in the program with my son?
Northwoods Ranch & Retreat strives to maintain low student to staff ratio, max amount of students is 8. Please note that at times of transition while current students are moving to their next venture and new students coming to the program, this number may vary. As part of our unique program we understand the more personalized attention each student receives the greater opportunity for success.
Can students get a job during their 90 day preliminary evaluation period?
Students may not obtain a job during the residential stay as it will reduce our contact with them and diminish our ability to conduct a proper evaluation during that time. After the residential period if a student is determined eligible for the transitional phase, he or she will start their job search as they enter this stage.
Can students have electronics?
Personal internet accessible devices are not permitted at Northwoods Ranch & Retreat (iPods, iPads, PSP, etc.). Phones are not permitted at Northwoods Ranch & Retreat during the 90 day preliminary evaluation period. However students are encouraged to, on a weekly basis, write their parents/sponsors to update them on their progress. Once students enter the Transitional Program, and live in an apartment, they may have a cell phone, and all electronics.
The 90 day preliminary evaluation period is a crucial time for us to understand the inner processes, socialization, needs, and development of our students. It is our experience that this is complicated by outside influences and distractions. In order for us to achieve the most comprehensive and thorough assessment possible during this time, complete attention to our curriculum is required.
Do students get to go home for visits?
If students continue enrollment into our Transitional Program, they may be permitted to return home for visits after discussion with parents/sponsors. This typically depends on job search, work schedule, and healthy family dynamic.
Can parents/sponsors visit?
During the residential programming period, visits are not permitted; however, after 75 days in residential program, parents/sponsors are invited and encouraged to attend the Family Outings.
Are there any disorders or behaviors that will disqualify a student from enrollment?
Yes, due to the unique nature of our program there are disorders and behaviors that are not conducive to the social therapeutic environment provided by Northwoods Ranch & Retreat. We will not accept students who exhibit behavior that has the potential to diminish that environment for other students. Our Pre-Screen Assessment is extensive, and is designed to be selective for students who will benefit from our program. If Northwoods Ranch & Retreat is not a fit for your son/family member, we will be happy to recommend a program that may be more appropriately suited for his or her needs.