Preliminary Data from the NATSAP Research and Evaluation Network: Client Characteristics at Admission

Michael C. Young, Michael Gass
2010 Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs  
This study presents data collected through the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs' (NATSAP) Research Network. The aim of this study is to further define the subset of residential treatment represented by the NATSAP membership by describing the characteristics of clients upon admission. Ten private-pay residential treatment programs representing the range of programs commonly found in the NATSAP membership (e.g., therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers,
more » ... nd outdoor/wilderness programs) contributed data collected at admission from staff, clients, and client parent/guardians. Demographic and standardized assessment data suggested that on average, these clients are referred by educational consultants; are white adolescents from families with the financial means to pay for services; possess at least average school achievement; and tend to have no major legal issues. They are struggling with elevated substance and alcohol use along with a complex array of clinically significant mental health issues. These youth also tend to be increasingly diagnosed with depression or mood disorders and typically begin their journey into residential treatment at a wilderness/outdoor program.
doi:10.19157/jtsp.issue.04.01.04 fatcat:glitqxmipne4xpmfusrzjkbq7u