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What ages do you accept?

New Horizons is designed for boys, age 7-14.

Are parent loans available for NHBR’s program?

Yes, you can learn more clicking the PROSPER HEALTHCARE button at the bottom of the page.

Are there accommodations in the area when it is appropriate to visit our son?

Yes, there are accommodations both on the New Horizons Boys Ranch property as well as locally. Please call for recommendations.

Can my son bring a cell phone, iPod, or other media devices?

No. One of the strengths of the program is removing the boys from the things and people who have formed or contributed to their poor judgments and way of thinking.

Does NHBR accept dangerous or especially violent boys?

No. The safety and well being of the boys in our program is our top priority. We will not accept any admissions that could pose a threat to our students.

Does NHBR use corporal punishment?


How do I enroll my son?

Contact our admissions department to complete a short interview. Our admissions staff will guide you through the rest of the admissions process.

How do you handle dentist or doctor appointments and medicines?

The residential staff arranges for doctor visits and transports students wherever they may need to go. New Horizons Boys Ranch has a number of local dental and medical professionals who handle NHBR students during their stay. The staff also distributes medicines according to prescription schedules and generally keeps an eye on the health of each student, caring for them in times of illness and ensuring they get medical attention when needed.

Parents are continually kept in the loop and must approve of all medical procedures, prescriptions and expenses.

How long do boys usually stay at NHBR?

Boys are typically enrolled for 12 months; however some are here for shorter periods and we see the most long-term success with students that complete the eighteen month, extended treatment program.

How many boys does New Horizons Boys Ranch deal with at one time?

NHBR currently has a maximum capacity of 20 boys.

What do you mean by being a “Christ-focused” program?

We base our training on Christian principles, ethics, and values. We focus on character traits, not religious doctrine. We promote a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

How soon could my son be enrolled in NHBR?

The admissions process usually moves very quickly. The time from application to enrollment is typically less than one week.

How long is the program?

We feel we can do the most good with boys over a 12-month period.  Some take longer and some less. Also, on occasion or under special circumstances, shorter-term stays are considered.

Is New Horizons Boys Ranch coed?

No, we only have boys on our campus.

My son will refuse to go. Are there people who will transport him for me?

Yes, there are several teen transport agencies available to assist you. See our Admissions page for a recommended agency.

What church is NHBR affiliated with?

NHBR is affiliated with any specific church or denomination, though many of us attend Lighthouse Christian Fellowship.  We provide treatment from a Christian prospective with a biblical base and are open to boys from all faiths.

What role do parents play in their child’s stay at New Horizons Boys Ranch?

Parents are invited to attend three Family Workshops. Parents are encouraged to participate in a 15-minute weekly phone call with their child and also communicate with staff and counselor on a regular basis for updates on their child’s progress. Parent involvement will be based on the progress of the child.

Parental visits to New Horizons Boys Ranch are welcome, but time with the child may be limited if the child is still on the lower levels or is on restriction. Every connection with parents and family is orchestrated to ensure progress in the student’s way of thinking and acting.

What types of activities does New Horizons Boys Ranch have for the residents?

NHBR believes in the seriousness of counseling and dealing with issues and struggles, and at the same time believes that activities must be provided for fun and active involvement of the kids with our staff.

New Horizons Boys Ranch activities include, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, swimming, as well as other lake activities. We work very hard on issues and problems … but we also play hard.

What type of discipline is used?

NHBR utilizes a positive, incentive-based discipline program. We use a system that not only teaches the boys consequences for inappropriate behavior and unwise choices, but also teaches them about respect and responsibility. We do not use corporal punishment, nor do we use the restriction of food or other necessities as a punishment.

Why is your tuition so low compared to other programs?

The tuition at New Horizons Boys Ranch is intentionally kept lower than the average cost of other therapeutic programs around the country. The tuition covers a portion of the costs to run New Horizons Boys Ranch and generous donors make up the difference. To help meet these general operating needs at New Horizons Boys Ranch, we would be honored for you to partner with us by becoming a donor. You can contact us by email or phone to discuss ways in which you might help.

The New Horizon Youth Ranch is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, charitable corporation and exists specifically to benefit the youth ranch and the needs of teenagers and families in crisis.

Will my insurance company pay for NHBR?

While some insurance companies will pay for all or part of the NHBR therapy fees, many will not. It is up to you to check with your insurance company. NHBR is glad to work with you on this. Please contact us if your insurance company requests additional information on our program or from our therapist.

Will NHBR accept my son if he is addicted to drugs?

The best way to determine this is by contacting our Admissions Department. Some drugs or abuse patterns require detoxification prior to admittance to NHBR. Our admissions staff can explain this in greater detail and make appropriate recommendations for your son if detoxification is needed beforehand.

Will NHBR administer medications to my son?

Yes, our staff members are trained in the safe handling of medications and will administer them to your son. All medications are kept locked securely at all times.

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Frequently Asked Questions - New Horizons Boys Ranch

Frequently asked questions at New Horizons Boys Ranch for troubled teens.