At our Annual Conference, we made a very big announcement. Starting January 1, 2023, ALL members of NATSAP will have to be accredited.
What are the benefits of all NATSAP programs being accredited?
- It would improve safety and treatment effectiveness for programs. This would give our association more credibility in the eyes of those who want to shut us down, legislate, or over-regulate us. This would give us a stronger voice, one that could be heard with more authority and influence on capitol Hill.
- It would allow NATSAP to focus on what it does best, supporting programs, and would shift pressure to assure quality to the bodies that specialize in those standards.
- Make no mistake about it, sooner or later we will be legislated into requiring accreditation. In fact, with the Family First act all programs taking public dollars are now required to be nationally accredited. Why not act now and get the credit for raising our hands and volunteering to have someone hold us to a higher standard?
We did our homework: We polled our member programs, we spoke directly to those who were not accredited, we spoke with representatives from national accrediting bodies, and we spoke with insurance agencies that offer discounts to accredited programs. We read research articles that discussed safety and effectiveness at accredited programs versus programs that were not accredited. We reached out to other Associations that have made this move.
After considering everyone’s voice, and after looking at this issue from all sides, it was time for the Board to vote. Three months ago, in October of 2019 the vote passed. The decision was made to require national accreditation of all member programs.
Here are the details:
If you aren’t yet accredited, you have a 3-year runway. The expectation is to be accredited by January 1, 2023.
Any one of the following accrediting bodies are approved accreditors:
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
Council on Accreditation (CoA)
Joint Commission (JCAHO)
National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA)- Therapeutic Level 3 or 4 only