Membership

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) was created in 1999 to serve as a national resource for programs and professionals assisting young people with emotional or behavioral difficulties. Since its inception we have grown from the 7 founding members to our current membership of more than 150 residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, and young adult programs. Additionally, we number several hundred individual members encompassing allied professionals, educational consultants, and program staff members.

NATSAP was founded to provide opportunities for private therapeutic programs and schools to collaborate, share information, exchange ideas and develop collegial relationships. NATSAP is an organization comprised of professionals striving to uphold ethical and best practice standards.

NATSAP is not a referral or placement agency. We are a volunteer membership organization supporting professionals and programs in their efforts to help troubled young people. NATSAP does not provide oversight of our member programs, believing that responsibility lies with the licensing and accrediting agencies.

As we continue to lead our association with effective and innovative membership services, we are excited to announce that NATSAP’s Membership Committee and Board of Directors have widened our scope by creating several new membership categories.

These new categories will broaden our NATSAP family and expand the exchange of ideas and information.

Moving forward, we ask you to spread the word of all NATSAP membership categories throughout your professional community.

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Find Your Applications Here (Membership runs from July 1 thru June 30 annually. Membership dues may be prorated):

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN NATSAP

Full Membership                         Programs applying for Full Membership must be in operation beginning with the first client admission for 2 years or more and must:

☐         be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral healthcare for youth, adolescents, and young adults or accredited by one or more of the following: JCAHO, COA, CARF, NIPSA – Therapeutic. This category includes non-residential treatment programs. 

☐         have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician

☐         aspire to the NATSAP Ethical Principles and Principles of Good Practice


* A young adult program is defined as a program that is exclusively designed to work with young adults aged 18 and older.

 

Provisional Membership             Programs applying for Provisional Membership must:

☐         be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral healthcare for youth, adolescents or young adults, or accredited by one or more of the following: JCAHO, COA, CARF, NIPSA – Therapeutic

☐         have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician

☐         aspire to the NATSAP Ethical Principles and Principles of Good Practice

 

* The Provisional Member is approved for a period of 2 years.  At that time the program is subject for review by the membership committee for an extension of the provisional membership.

 

Associate Membership                Programs applying for Associate Membership are unlicensed or non-accredited residential, non-residential, or young adult programs and must:

☐         be in operation beginning with the first client admission for at least one year prior to applying for membership

         unlicensed/non-accredited programs serving an adult population of 18 and older

☐         therapeutic services implemented by a state-licensed mental health provider

☐         aspire to the NATSAP Ethical Principles and Principles of Good Practice


Effective May 1, 2007 all programs applying for membership in NATSAP must

  • be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral healthcare for youth and adolescents or accredited by a nationally recognized behavioral health accreditation agency.

    The four accrediting agencies we recognize are:
    • Joint Commission
    • COA
    • CARF
    • NIPSA – Therapeutic
  • educational accreditation is not accepted as licensure.

  • have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician
    • Oversight by a licensed therapist from the state agency as well as oversight and licensure by a therapeutic agency within the state.
  • aspire to NATSAP Ethical Principles and NATSAP Principles of Good Practice

A program with Full membership status will be required to be open for more than two years. Those programs not meeting this criteria will have Associate membership status.

 

Clarification:

Licensure: The NATSAP Board of Directors reserves the right to determine if the licensure meets the NATSAP membership requirements.

Therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician: NATSAP members must have an independently state licensed mental health professional that is openly accessible to the students and has oversight responsibility for individual treatment/service plans.

NOTE: Current members of NATSAP will be required to be in full compliance with the new membership criteria by January 1, 2009.