Our Association

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) website serves as a resource of information about our organization and the members it serves.

Our members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs working with struggling teens and troubled adolescents. All are working through NATSAP to make sure our industry provides the highest quality services to the young people and families they serve.

MISSION: The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs serves as an advocate and resource for innovative organizations which devote themselves to society’s need for the effective care and education of struggling young people and their families

VISION: Our vision is a nation of healthy children. We are the voice inspiring, nurturing, and advancing the courageous work of our schools and programs.

About NATSAP’s Members

Many different types of programs have evolved over the past decade to serve the growing needs and numbers of struggling young people. NATSAP and its members have been working with their state legislatures to ensure the appropriate licensure and regulation of programs and schools that serve children and adolescents. And, effective January 1, 2009 all NATSAP members must:

  1. 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
  2. Have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician
  3. Aspire to meet the NATSAP Ethical Principles and the NATSAP Principles of Good Practice

Effective January 1, 2023, all NATSAP members must be accredited by an approved accrediting body.

NATSAP’s membership is comprised of programs, both established and new, that support setting and following national standards. We at NATSAP encourage you to look over these standards: Ethical Principles and Principles of Good Practice. They can help you develop what your expectations should be regarding service delivery from any program.

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What are you getting out of NATSAP?

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We advocate by uniting members around the country to work on the most important issues facing the profession.

We initiate and manage programs with governmental and non-governmental agencies, presenting industry positions and supporting documentation on key issues.