AMATS Ethical Transport Services

For safe and caring teen transport, Best Choice recommends that the transport agency belongs to the Association of Mediation and Transport Services and adheres to their safety standard:

AMATS Standards of Professional Excellence

The Association of Mediation and Transport Services ascribes to a standard of ethical excellence and safe practice in order to provide a secure pathway for persons in our care as they begin their journey to healing and recovery.


Uphold the law of the land and strive to maintain the safety and security of those in their care.

Provide transparency, open communication, and full disclosure regarding the destination and mode of travel to those in their care.

Carry a commercial liability policy and a local business license; conduct criminal backgrounds and safe driving checks on their personnel and engage in business with clients through a written contract describing the scope of the service.

Seek the assistance of additional trained professionals when encountering combative behavior, substance abuse and life-threatening behaviors beyond their capability in order to bring the situation under control.

Exhibit honesty, integrity and compassion as they seek to preserve the welfare of those seeking support.

Will offer food and bathroom breaks at safe intervals as well as offer and chart prescribed medications throughout the transport.

Maintain a Zero-Tolerance Policy regarding threats, lies, intimidation or intentional misrepresentation.

Ascribe to professional and ethically based interventions and transports with at least one parent, guardian or guardian ad litem on site when the intervention is mediated and transport commences.

Refrain from financial quid pro quo and reciprocal arrangements. Provide ongoing training in crisis management intervention, de- escalation, intervention basic training, First-Aid and CPR.

Maintain confidentiality standards as set by the United States Federal Government as it applies to all parties involved.


Best Choice is in no way affiliated with AMATS nor its members, and gains no financial remuneration from recommending them as a possible resource.

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AMATS Ethical Transport Services


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NON-REFERRAL/NON-EXPERT DISCLAIMER: Options expressed by Best Choice Admissions Services LLC ("BCAS") and its representatives are not professional referrals nor expert recommendations of a medical, behavioral health, or educational professional. BCAS is not licensed or bonded to provide medical, psychological, or educational advice or recommendations, so we don't. 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. BCAS assists the admissions departments of schools as a communications contractor, from which it also receives compensation for its work. BCAS is indemnified by each organization and has no control over the actions of such organizations or their staff. BCAS 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. We receive no kickbacks for the amount 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) caution 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.

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