BEST CHOICE ADMISSIONS SERVICES LLC
LEGAL NOTICE – PLEASE READ
Options and opinions expressed by Best Choice Admissions Services (“BC”) and its representatives are not professional referrals nor expert recommendations of medical, behavioral health, or educational professionals. BC is not licensed or bonded to provide medical, psychological, or educational advice or recommendations, so we don’t. We simply offer a list of options. You should consider seeking advice from a licensed professional before making any decision in relation to the placement of any child in a residential program. BC assists the admissions departments of schools as a communications contractor and agent of record, from which it also receives compensation (a flat fee per enrollment) for its work. BC is indemnified by each organization and has no control over the actions of such organizations or their staff. BC is rarely on-campus of each program, so we do not know everything about what goes on, nor should we be held responsible for such information. We visit each campus periodically and get anecdotal feedback about each program from parents, which aids us in providing helpful options to individuals as they search for the program of their own best choice.
By Federal law, we are required to mention that we select programs to represent solely based upon their desire for our assistance, and they pay us a flat fee based on each student placed, not the services that are rendered or fees paid by the parent or guardians of the student. We receive no kickbacks for the number of services the student requires, nor their length of stay in the school or program. Of the schools and programs we mention as options, we do not select them or push any particular ones based on their ability to pay us a higher amount than do other schools or programs. For some low-income individuals, we may mention schools that pay us nothing. Should we learn that a school has done anything inappropriate with students, such that it is being investigated by local or state authorities, we will immediately stop offering that school as an option. However, due to confidentiality agreements, we may not be able to express why the school or program is no longer included in our discussion or options list. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautions that before you enroll a youngster in a private residential treatment program or any institution or service that we mention, be sure to check it out yourself: ask questions; ask for proof or support for claims about staff credentials, program licensing or accreditation, and endorsements; do a site visit, and get all policies and promises in writing.
The Five Points that We are Required to Answer (by Federal Law):
(1) HOW DO WE SELECT PROGRAMS TO REPRESENT?
ANSWER: We connect with an ever-widening range of programs and schools that we select based on the breadth of their program, longevity, location, reviews, facility, and the expertise of their personnel. Though we do not know everything that transpires at the programs and schools we represent, those that fail to keep the students safe or that fail to keep up their level of service are removed from our list. Even so, parents must understand that we have no control over the program or school.
(2) HOW ARE WE REMUNERATED FOR OUR SERVICES?
ANSWER: We are a contracted agent of institutions that allow us to represent them. We receive a flat fee (regardless of the cost of the school/program or the services provided) for any enrollment that is the result of our assistance. We are never paid other kickbacks nor are paid according to the level of the services rendered by the institution to the individual.
(3) HOW DO WE CHOOSE WHICH INSTITUTIONS TO OFFER AS OPTIONS?
ANSWER: We are not licensed, educational consultants or psychologists. We never “refer” an individual to any specific program as would such a professional. Instead, we offer to the individual a list of several that we deem are the best potential options from among the organizations that we represent, and those options are based on the family’s financial ability and the level of services that may be required for the child. We do recommend that the parent seek licensed medical, psychological, or educational help in making a final determination of which school or program to select.
(4) WHAT KIND OF AGREEMENT DOES BEST CHOICE HAVE WITH THESE SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS?
ANSWER: We connect with what we think are the best programs and schools (based on our experience of working in such programs and schools in the past) and ask them if they would allow us to include them in our list of options. Others contact us for assistance, which begins a review process to see if they are worthy of being included in our network. If so, we enter into a contract with them to become the agent of their admissions department, but we make no promises as to the number of individuals we will direct to their organization, nor do we allow any to pay or give us any more remuneration than our flat fee.
(5) WHAT WOULD CAUSE BEST CHOICE TO NOT REPRESENT A PROGRAM, OR TO HELP ANY INDIVIDUAL), WHO CONTACTS US.
ANSWER: We work with any individual, regardless of their ethnicity or beliefs. The only individuals who may not be helped by us are those who have no funds to pay any organization we represent, or if any or all of those organizations we represent decline to accept the child, at their own discretion. As for programs and schools, we will represent them as long as we are assured that they are doing a good job, and the students are kept safe. However, since we do not know everything that goes on at the organization, nor have any control over that, the organization indemnifies us from liability.
“NO WARRANTY” LEGAL NOTICE: BC does not guarantee recovery or even positive outcomes for any particular individual who attends any program or school we might offer as an option. Recovery and future avoidance of troubling behavior or actions and whatever effects that may have on the individual’s life, their future, their career, their mental or physical health, or their friends and relatives are entirely dependent on each individual student and how they accept and apply the principles they are taught by the program, school or its staff or therapists.