What qualifies to have the sd place a child in Residential Treatment Center (RTC) instead of alternative school? Our alternative schools here are worthless but I know the sd doesn't want to pay for difficult child to be placed in Residential Treatment Center (RTC)- and his last home school refused to consider it when I begged for it because the principal said he did not come close to justifying it based on his behavior at school. But, if it was determined that difficult child was high-risk for being a threat, would they pput him in an alternative as the LRE to avoid paying for Residential Treatment Center (RTC) even though if difficult child was threat at school, he's be a threat everywhere and really need 24 hour supervision to prevent it? IOW, is it like getting Residential Treatment Center (RTC) thru mental health wheere you have to try in-home therapy first? Or can/will sd's skip alternative school and go straight for Residential Treatment Center (RTC) placement?