It’s a privilege to be a member of the NATSAP organization. Many benefits are associated with NATSAP membership. I value its high standards of practice, collegial atmosphere and support, research outcomes, and it’s advocacy on behalf of our program.
A decade ago we as a profession and industry were facing proposed Federal legislation. This possible set of regulations had the potential of being significantly intrusive, restrictive, and harmful to the programs and their operations. Had the legislation passed, many NATSAP programs would have experienced a major impact on program operations, likely some would have closed their doors. NATSAP organized a concerted effort by accessing legislative expertise in Washington DC to guide a process to influence this proposed legislation. Along with other legislative efforts, NATSAP created an opportunity for alumni students and parents to spend time with legislative representatives in Washington, DC. This tradition has continued annually and is known as “Day on the Hill.” As a result of NATSAP’s leadership, the proposed legislation was modified in response to feedback provided by alumni and program personnel to minimize the potential restrictive impact on programs. In spite of initial promising potential to pass the House and Senate, the proposed legislation did not become law. NATSAP’s role in this and other legislative efforts supports balanced and effective conversations around proper industry regulation.
I value NATSAP for many other reasons. In addition to providing legislative support and guidance, being associated with 160+ programs in their efforts to heal families is profound. As I write this article, I’m returning home from our annual conference. A powerful venue to be associated with talented people and programs who heal families, a collegial environment to learn from each other’s best and effective practices, and mentors and role-models who demonstrate high standards in their care of families.
Let me provide a quick list of other NATSAP benefits that enhance the value of our programs’ work.
-Leadership conference on how to be a more effective leader, share administrative and clinical ideas, and promote an ongoing vision of effective therapy practices
-Research surveys collected from member programs which provides valuable information on business and marketing operations and practices, clinical perspectives, and perspectives of industry processes
-Support from other programs in working through challenges and obstacles
-Conferences, nationally and regionally, to learn and discuss best therapeutic, academic, and administrative practices
-Public Relations kits in addressing critical situations with the public and media
-Research data provided by member programs and analyzed by NATSAP supported researchers
-and other benefits such as bargaining leverage with vendor services, a published research journal, and so forth
From its inception we have supported NATSAP in its mission to develop, sustain, and support ethical principles and good practices. This support by joining and being a member of NATSAP has proved to be beneficial to our program as a whole, our employees, and the families we get to serve.
New Haven Residential Treatment Center