When this school year started I thought we had turned a corner. Finally were in a district willing to work with us. difficult child 1 got an IEP, BIP and 1:1 "behavior buddy." Its still been an extremely rough year. The roughest yet. He had a delayed reaction to abilify and has been hospitalized twice in the last two months. School uses a demerit system. He is extremely defiant/resistant to anything that has to do with his behavior buddy because it singles him out and all he wants to do is be 'normal.' Very long story short, difficult child has been suspended for 14 days this school year already (been medically excused for 22) which prompted an iep meeting and the school recommending a change in placement. The district's sp ed director and pschologist are talking up this new therapeutic school that difficult child is now eligible to attend. I'm riddled with anxiety about it even though I realize difficult child needs a more specialized environment. I'm told that this school has experience dealing with behavior problems of all types of different backgrounds (including mental illness). difficult child will be assigned a team that will come up with a plan to create positive school experiences and the ultimate goal will be to become stable enough to reintergrate back into mainstream classes. I have serious doubts as we have been railroaded by school administrators before. husband and I are touring and meeting with the people who run this school tomorrow afternoon. I'm concerned about additional behaviors difficult child will pick up and academics being pushed to the wayside along many other unknowns. difficult child has been through so many tramatizing school experiences I just don't know how if he can take another failure without sustaining permanent psychological damage. Any other parents experienced with these types of alternative placements that can suggest questions to ask that I might overlook. It feel like this is the last of our last chances before we have to remove difficult child from our home.