If you have questions that aren’t answered on this page or our website, please contact us.
Does my daughter need to be referred to Chrysalis from another facility?
Referral is not required. Our students come directly from home, wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment centers or short-term treatment facilities.
What are the Chrysalis staff qualifications?
Your daughter will be in the best hands with our team. At Chrysalis, student instruction is provided by state-certified high school teachers. Our teachers at Chrysalis are able to use their creative planning skills to make the lessons fit the individual needs of the students on campus. We have four full-time therapists, who all are master’s level and above, and a partnering certified adolescent psychiatrist. Chrysalis is uniquely aligned with the local public school, Lincoln County High School (LCHS), in Eureka, Montana. All staff members attend periodic customized training to stay up-to-date with the latest safety and clinical approaches.
What is the staff-to-student ratio at Chrysalis?
Our maximum number of enrollees at any time is 40, which makes for an excellent staff-to-student ratio of 1:6. What’s more, classes are intentionally kept small, from two to 10 girls, allowing for greater one-on-one attention.
What are the steps to enroll my daughter?
- Phone interview
- Interview/ Skype call
- Visit school (opt)
- Application paperwork
We know that every girl is unique. If you have any questions, please contact us.
What is the average length of stay?
Length of stay varies and reflects each student’s individual needs. A stay can be extended as long as clinically and academically necessary. The typical stay is about 12 to 18 months.
Many families ask us why our average length of stay is roughly 18 months. We take many factors into our reasoning. First, our students have struggled in peer and/or family relationships, and our family-style living coupled with our length of stay allows the students to practice making genuine, lasting relationships. Second, for students with emotional dysregulation or mood disorders, the length of our program provides the time for new neuro pathways to develop; thus new healthy habits are created and given time to become lasting lifestyle changes. We also have a number of students who have experienced some type of trauma; the healing process of trauma work takes extended time in a safe environment. Third is that a large part of the work a student does at Chrysalis is identity development. Chrysalis students were often engaging in unhealthy behaviors in an effort to connect with peers and develop an identity. It is natural for an adolescent to try on different identities as she figures out who she wants to be, yet it’s crucial that this happen in a safe and nurturing environment. Our length of stay allows students the space and opportunity to try new activities and form a healthy identity.
Our length of stay is customized for each student. The goal is always program graduation, and we want to feel confident in our recommendation that a student is ready to transition elsewhere.
Do we have to wait for the semester to begin to enroll?
We have rolling admissions and accept students at any time of the school year or summer break.
What are Chrysalis’s accreditations?
Chrysalis is accredited by the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA). Every five years, the NIPSA board visits to ensure we are meeting/exceeding standards and continually improving our process to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Chrysalis has been a NIPSA member since 2008.
We are also certified by the Montana Department of Labor as an alternative school.
We are a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).
We are a member of the AEP association for experienced education.