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

NATSAP is not a referral or placement agency. This is a volunteer membership organization supporting professionals and programs in their efforts to help youths with behavioral and mental health challenges. NATSAP does not provide oversight of our member programs, believing that responsibility lies with the licensing and accrediting agencies.

See member benefits to learn more or contact Shanita Smith, Director of Membership and Public Relations at shanita@natsap.org.

(Membership runs from July 1 thru June 30 annually. Membership dues may be prorated for first-time applicants only):

Dues schedule for 2019-2020 Membership Year

*If joining in Apr, May or Jun - get 1-2 months of free membership.
**Only months October through March receive prorated rates. Maximum prorated rate is 50% off.


Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept
Membership Type            
Member Programs $1,858 +
(ADC*37.62) 
$1,858 +
(ADC*37.62) 
$1,858 +
(ADC*37.62) 
$1,858 +
(ADC*37.62) 
$1,858 +
(ADC*37.62) 
$1,858 +
(ADC*37.62)
             
Individual Professional Members $103.00 $103.00 $103.00 $103.00 $103.00 $103.00
             
Affiliate Members $869.00 $869.00 $869.00 $869.00 $869.00 $869.00
             
             
  Oct*  Nov* Dec* Jan* Feb* Mar*
             
Member Programs $1,393.50 +
(ADC*28.21)
$1,393.50 +
(ADC*28.21)
$1,393.50 +
(ADC*28.21)
$929 +
(ADC*18.81)
$929 +
(ADC*18.81)
$929 +
(ADC*18.81)
             
Individual Professional Members $77.25 $77.25 $77.25 $51.50 $51.50 $51.50
             
Affiliate Members $651.75 $651.75 $651.75 $434.50 $434.50 $434.50


(Effective January 29, 2019)REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN NATSAP

Program/School Membership Criteria 

Full Membership:

(only programs with Full Membership have voting rights). 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 Level 3 or 4 ONLY. This category includes non-residential treatment programs.(Educational accreditation is not accepted as licensure.)
  • 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 Level 3 or 4 ONLY
  • 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 Program Membership:

This category includes unlicensed or non-accredited residential, non-residential programs, or Young Adult Programs.

  • Membership 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
  • must aspire to the NATSAP Ethical Principles and Principles of Good Practice

Associate Individual Professional Membership Criteria 

Associate Individual Membership, is offered to people who, alongside NATSAP member programs, participate in the mission of promoting healthy growth and personal well-being of NATSAP program participants. Examples: educational consultants, psychologists, psychiatrists, attorneys, teachers, etc.
 
  • An application for a NATSAP Associate Individual Membership is voluntary on the part of the applicant and is designed to provide individuals the opportunity to show their commitment to the ethics and standards upheld by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and its members.
  • Acceptance as an Associate Individual Member is based upon completion of the application in full, receipt of the Annual Fee and is accepted with the acknowledgement of the applicant that the application is complete.
  • Employees of programs may not join as an Associate Individual Member unless they are employed by a NATSAP member.

Affiliate Membership Criteria 

Affiliate Membership is offered to organizations that provide services and products expressly designed to supplement services rendered by regular NATSAP member programs. These organizations must serve the program clients. Examples: transportation companies, educational facilities, insurance agencies, food service companies wilderness equipment companies, etc.

  • An application for a NATSAP Affiliate Membership is voluntary on the part of the applicant and is designed to provide organizations the opportunity to show their commitment to the ethics and standards upheld by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and its members.
  • Acceptance as an Affiliate Member is based upon completion of the application in full and receipt of the Annual Dues and is accepted with the acknowledgement of the applicant that the application is complete.

*Trastional programs providing direct inpatient and/or outpatient care MUST apply for a NATSAP Program/School Membership.

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.