Parents often ask, “What is your success rate?”  This is a difficult question to answer since each student comes to La Europa with similar but unique issues and at different places in the recovery process.  Our treatment is highly individualized to accommodate these differences, so the “success rate” varies depending on how success is defined.

                   

Each of the above graphs starts with an indication of how much distress the student was in when they admitted to the program.  On the Youth Outcome Questionnaire, the higher the number, the more distress a student is reporting.  As you can see, upon discharge students at La Europa have a significant decrease in their distress level.  In fact, our students leave treatment well below the dotted line which indicates where an average teenage who is not in treatment would fall in terms of their level of distress.  The biggest question, of course, is whether the students maintian the progress they made in treatment once they transition.  Our data show that they do as evidenced by the "180 Days After Discharge" and "365 Days After Discharge". 

In spite of each student’s uniqueness, there are commonalities among the students that do allow us to define success and measure students’ progress.  At La Europa Academy, we have selected the Youth Outcomes Questionnaire (YOQ) as our tool to gauge student progress.  The YOQ is a valid and reliable instrument that is used across the country in a variety of treatment settings.  Using an instrument that has statistical validity and reliability helps insure that our data is consistently and accurately measuring students’ progress.   La Europa Academy also participates in a national research study that is using the YOQ to determine the effectiveness of residential treatment.  La Europa is proud to be a Designated Research Program through NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs).

Here are some of the highlights of our recent data:

Upon discharge, parents report an increase in. . .

  • Their daughters’ participation in activities   - 74 percent.
  • Her confidence and satisfaction with herself  - 100 percent.
  • Their daughter’s ability to trust adults and family - 71 percent.
  • Her ability to complete assignments or tasks successfully - 64 percent.

Upon discharge, parents report a decrease in. . .

  • Their daughter’s frequency of suicidal thoughts  - 87 percent
  • Her overall emotional distress -  70 percent
  • Their daughter’s impulsive behavior – 70 percent
  • Her disrespectful behavior -  76 percent 

Upon discharge, students report that...

  • There is a 55 percent increase in their ability to make and keep friends.
  • There is a 76 percent decrease in the frequency of suicidal thoughts.
  • There is a 60 percent decrease in their impulsive behavior.
  • Students say they almost never withdraw from family and friends at discharge versus often withdrawing from family and friends at admission.
  • Students say they are frequently happy with themselves at discharge versus rarely happy with themselves at admission.
  • Students say they are rarely sad or unhappy at discharge versus frequently sad or unhappy at admission.

One year post-treatment, parents report. . .

  • Their daughter has maintained a 65 percent decrease in her emotional distress.
  • She continues to show a 70 percent increase in executive functioning skills (organization, follow through, task initiation, planning)  
  • Their daughter continues to demonstrate a 91 percent increase in interpersonal skills.

La Europa Academy also collects data from parent and student surveys.  In our most recent survey .  .  .

  • 83% of students rate the benefit of their individual therapy time as “excellent”
  • Parents give La Europa Academy an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10