Well...I seem to be quickly becoming a regular poster on the Teens and Substance Abuse forum but wanted to post here as well because I know there are experts all over this board and wanted to reach as many as possible! We are now discussing taking the first steps toward an Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) Placement for my son who is currently in a 28-day MH Crisis unit after his two day stay in a juvenile detention center for simple assault. Thinking of an Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) makes me very nervous, but there is NO WAY he can come home after this 28-day placement unless he decides to really make some serious progress for the next three weeks of his stay. All that are involved now agree that if he continues the way he is now it would not be safe for him to come home as he would only be a danger to himself and our family. My question is this...does anyone have, or know of, a positive outcome after being in an Residential Treatment Facility (RTF)? Are there other options I should be asking about? Thanks for your help!