Our Easy Enrollment Process
The following represents our enrollment process for girls age 13-17 only. Making a decision about enrolling your daughter or family member in a residential treatment program can be difficult and overwhelming, but we’re here to help. We have simplified the application and enrollment process as much as possible for you. If LGA isn’t a good fit for your teen, we’ll tell you about other programs that may work better for you and for her.
Step 1. Request Information
The first step is to call us at the number above, or fill in our inquiry form. That will register your interest with our Admissions Department.
Step 2. Apply
After we have talked to you, we will email you an application. There is no cost for submitting an application. Fill out the entire application and then fax, email or mail it back to us. Upon its submission you will receive a phone call from the Admission Coordinator who will provide you with a simple checklist of other information that will be needed if your teen’s application is accepted.
Step 3. The Phone Interview
Once the application is received, a member of the Executive Team will call. We will ask about the history of the student’s chemical use/abuse and a history of signs or symptoms of depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, self-harm, runaways, school problems, food issues/eating disorders and other mental or behavioral problems. The information gathered identifies the immediate needs of the student, as well as the student’s history and characteristics.
The interview is conducted to make certain that Lakeland can effectively address the student’s needs. After that it usually takes no longer than 24 hours for an admissions decision. Talking to us and visiting here will also help you determine if this is the right place for your daughter. We prefer that you come here to see first hand to meet us. But we realize that is not always possible.
Lakeland Girls Academy is secure and students are held accountable to a staff member or peer, but this is not a lockdown facility. We believe the strongest deterrent is a program that makes a student feel positive and safe about herself and her opportunities in the world.
Some of the precipitating factors of teens becoming defiant, angry or depressed may include:
- Death of a parent or loved one
- Early mental or physical abuse (apparent or hidden)
- Family split
- An absent or highly critical parent
- Blended family
- Bullying from peers
- Change in economic status or move to a new home and school
- Chronic illness of a loved one
- Rape or sexual abuse
- Gang membership
- Excessive exposure to pornography
- Huffing, drug, alcohol, or prescription drug use
- Negative peer influences
Sorry, we do not accept girls who are:
- Medically unstable
- Physically violent (have a criminal record for violence)
- Sexual abusers
- Diagnosed with severe psychotic disorders
- Suicidal (have attempted suicide)
Please note that we are not set up or licensed to serve teens who have severe physical or mental health issues.
Lakeland Girls insists on a selective admission policy to maintain the positive environment we believe is necessary for personal growth and change. Parents must be willing to participate and change as well. The Lakeland system includes the entire family and not just the student.
Common Length of Stay
Common length of stay for our residents runs approximately 15-months. Length of stay is individualized to meet the needs of each student and family.
Prosper Healthcare Lending
Lakeland Girls has partnered with Prosper Healthcare Lending as a potential lender. It simplifies the process of paying for your daughter’s treatment. Working with a national network of specialized lenders, our compassionate loan consultants will help you find the most suitable financing option while maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality. Contact for more information.
Church or Civic Organization
Sometimes the church or civic organization that a parent belongs to will assist with treatment costs. Discussing your situation with the Pastor of your church or President of your group may lead to financial assistance.
Lakeland Girls Academy is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and can provide a tax-deductible receipt for friends, family members, companies, or anyone else that would like to make a contribution that could help provide for underwriting a scholarship for your child/teen. Please talk with us about this possibility if you have someone that would like to help in this way.
Typically, insurance does not pay for residential treatment. However, it may depend on your personal benefit package and it does not hurt to ask. Sometimes part of the stay is covered. Please contact your insurance company so that they can make a determination.
If you are a DCF caseworker, please contact us for placement information.