National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) is a non-accrediting association of treatment providers spanning a range of acuity and approaches to treatment for troubled teens to young adults. NATSAP includes therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy programs, aka outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programing and home-based programs. NATSAP was founded in 1999 with the mission to develop and support best-practices and ethics among its member programs. NATSAP requires its members “to be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral health care for youth and adolescents or accredited by a nationally recognized behavioral health accreditation agency and to have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician.”
NATSAP is running a long term study with the University of New Hampshire. Many of its members are part of of this study and are designated as “Research Designed Program (RDP).