All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
Jenney Wilder, creator of All Kinds of Therapy, along with 43 colleagues from treatment programs around Utah and Educational/Therapeutic Consultants participated in the first ever Advocacy Day at the Utah State Capitol. This day-long event (February 5th, 2019) was organized by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) to introduce employees and owners of Utah programs to the state's lawmakers, offer legislators a network for collaboration in raising standards of care, as well as to share the economic impact that the industry has on the entire state of Utah. The meetings were were a minimum of 20 min and small groups met with 27 different Utah state legislators.
NATSAP has 187 different members throughout the United States that range in types of service from therapeutic schools, varying levels of residential treatment programs, young adult transitional living, and wilderness therapy programs for teens and young adults. 53 of the members are from State of Utah. All of the NATSAP member program serving adolescents in Utah are licensed by the state, "yet many of the state legislators are unaware of these programs. We felt that the SLC advocacy day would create a great opportunity to introduce ourselves and highlight the quality of care that our (treatment) programs provide," said Megan Stokes, Executive Director of NATSAP based out of Bethesda, MD. NATSAP was founded 20 years ago, "with a spirit of collaboration that is central to NATSAP that is continuing on with all of these programs coming from across the state to advocate for their treatment program and the students they serve."
"According to the Economic Impact Study, 423 million dollars came into Utah 2015 from this industry generated by 5305 clients who came to treatment in Utah. Each family that chooses treatment in Utah, generates 78K dollars," said Wilder. These treatment programs, not all are members of the association, operate in 21 different counties and create 6400 jobs in 2015. This wide ranging industry in Utah and nationally is constantly evolving and changing to ensure quality standards by state licenses and national accrediting organizations. NATSAP is advising their members participate in Outcomes Based Research project by the University of New Hampshire.
About All Kinds of Therapy
Launched in 2015, All Kinds of Therapy (located in Salt Lake City, UT) is an advertising-based online directory of treatment options focused on Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare, substance abuse industries and supportive Gap Year programs for troubled teens and young adult. This web portal provides families the ability to ‘search and compare’ the broad options of programs throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, with the helpful ability to ‘favorite’ treatment options. The website allows consumers to review treatment models, different intervention types (in and out of the home). AllKindsofTherapy.com provides this newsletter, monthly, a jobs listings and a curated blog that compliments the user experience.
NATSAP was created in January, 1999 to serve as a national resource for programs and professionals who assist young people beleaguered by emotional and behavioral difficulties. NATSAP publishes an annual directory listing all of its member programs. NATSAP members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy programs, young adult programs, and home-based residential programs. NATSAP is not an accrediting or licensing body. We are a volunteer membership organization supporting professionals and programs in their efforts to help struggling young people.