They absolutely do tell you fake it til you make it, and you do get in trouble for small things like clenching your jaw when angry and eye rolling as well. Displaying any unhappy emotions even in small unharmful ways gets you demerits, no privileges, and solitary time in your room. You are to be happy/content there or get into trouble.
My daughter had a month long stay in the Residential Treatment Center. They didn’t help her at all. Every time I ask if needed updated insurance information, they denied it. Over two years later they call me stating that I owe them over $32,000!! They never once called me stating there was a problem or asking for help with insurance. Then they call me stating that insurance did pay some and that I owe $9700. I either have to pay them $9,700 or over $400 a month payments, when I told that I don’t have the ability to do that and asked if they could work with me they refused!! I have had to be on unemployment because of COVID and they don’t care!! Which I find very ironic since on my bill it states that they understand that times are tough and that they would be willing to work with me!! On top of all this they never helped my daughter, it was a complete waste of money. I feel they take advantage of parents, who are desperate to find help for their children. I will never, ever use Boystown again! I advise parents to go somewhere else and save yourself from this hardship!!
I was actually here at one point. This place honestly traumatized me. After I got discharged I was severely depressed. While I was there I cried myself to sleep every single night. At times during the day I just wanted to cry, and when I did I would get in trouble for crying. I mean not being able to see the people you love every day really hurts. I also basically had to act like someone I was it in order to get out, but as some of my former peers would call it “Fake it till you make it.” Me personally, I didn’t really learn anything, not saying other kids won’t it’s just that I didn’t. I personally do not recommend this place not just because I was here and been through it all but because it’s pretty hard stuff to go through.