NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on Rose Hill Center

RoseHill Center

Located on over 400 acres in Holly, MI, Rose Hill Center is a Joint Commission accredited residential rehabilitation facility for adults with mental illness. Rose Hill Center’s psychiatric rehabilitation program is based on the belief that recovery takes place when people receive professional psychiatric care while participating in meaningful activity within a consistent, compassionate, dignified environment. The core program offered provides individuals with insights, life skills, attitudes and medication regimens needed to manage their illness and reach their highest level of independence. Rose Hill’s professional mental health team and support staff direct a comprehensive program, including clinical care, a therapeutic work program (horticulture, animal care, kitchen and housekeeping), job readiness classes, social interaction, and recreation. Concurrently, a Rose Hill psychiatrist works closely with each patient to develop an effective medication regimen that establishes the stability required to participate in the rehabilitation process.   Other levels of on campus programs include Extended Residential, Transitional Living, and Co-Occurring Residential programs. A continuum of care is offered through the Community Support Program as graduates of the on campus programs integrate into the community.  Since opening in 1992 hundreds of individuals and their families have benefited from their associate with Rose Hill because our program helps people achieve their individual goals.  Rose Hill provides peace in mind for patients and peace of mind for families.


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

4 Parenting Tips for Surviving the Spring Holidays

SUWS of the Carolinas wrote the following post:

After a long, cold winter, the dawning of Spring is often a much anticipated time, filled with holidays and celebrations. For some, however, it can bring many stressful situations. If you are parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum, the season can be overwhelming for you both. Below are a few tips to help prevent or diffuse tricky holiday situations:

1) Reflect on your holiday traditions and your child’s sensory and behavioral profile. Try to imagine how your child will interact with these traditions.

2) Prepare for the family environment. Will you be at grandma’s house? Will be attending religious services? Consider preparing a space for your child to decompress if they become overwhelmed by the sensory stimulation.

3) Let your teen know ahead of time when it would be appropriate to leave after a special meal or visit with relatives. This is a great trade off for a conversational and present teen.

4) Recharge. Even if your hectic holiday schedule only allows you to spend a few minutes on yourself, take that time to go someplace quiet to recharge your batteries.

For more information about the Approach Program for Social Learning and Skills Development, please contact the SUWS of the Carolina specialists at 888-828-9770

NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on RedCliff Ascent


RedCliff Ascent recently celebrated its 21st anniversary.   During this time, more than 4500 young people and their families have experienced the RedCliff difference.  Twenty-one years is a long time…what sets us apart from other wilderness programs?  Clinically, our proven, multidisciplinary approach to treatment embraces the challenges of the wilderness at a developmentally appropriate level for each individual client.  We go beyond simply assessing a client’s current level of functioning; our clinicians help young people engage in the therapeutic process by building upon personal strengths and providing opportunities for deep introspection.  Our highly trained guides are an integral part of this process.  They have a vested interest in the relationship with each child and provide for their physical, mental and emotional well being.

Clients leave RedCliff with greater resiliency and a keen sense of self.   And we can prove it.  For over a decade, RedCliff Ascent has been leading the industry in collecting data for research and outcome analysis.  Programmatic changes are based upon empirical data, not just what is popular or trendy.  As one of the most experienced wilderness treatment programs in the industry, RedCliff Ascent continues to set the standard for clinical sophistication and excellence in client care.


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on Ashcreek Ranch Academy

We Are NATSAP Ashcreek Ranch

Ashcreek Ranch Academy has designed our residential treatment center for effective therapeutic intervention for young men. Our program is thoughtfully and purposely designed with teen boys in mind.  From our approach in therapy, to the classroom, to the daily schedule everything we do is designed and structured to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of young men.

At Ashcreek Ranch Academy we have a highly advanced and unique Horsemanship program which is the primary platform for all other aspects of the program.  Students learn to build relationships, set appropriate boundaries and to learn important lessons about themselves while training and working with young Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses.

Ashcreek Ranch Academy incorporates a challenging academic program focused on maximizing a student’s potential, and a comprehensive horsemanship program designed to encourage hard work, to build self-esteem and self-improvement by working daily with the horses and animals at the ranch.  Ashcreek Ranch Academy also has a challenging sports, physical fitness and adventure program.  Ashcreek Ranch Academy has been approved to participate in the Utah High School Athletic Association and we currently offer Cross-Country, Wrestling, Golf and Track. We also have a competitive mountain biking program that utilizes the many scenic and challenging trails here in Southern Utah.

Ashcreek Ranch Academy offers many activities and facilities for students to enjoy in their free time which include: game room, theater room, weight room, reptile house, music production area, art room, music lessons, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing and a two and half acre lake. The weather in Southern Utah is ideal to be outside year around.

Weekly community service allows the students to build character through serving and helping others.  The small personalized community allows students to receive the individualized attention needed to turn their life around.



NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

This year the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference will be held in beautiful and scenic Kalispell, Montana.  The conference will focus on “The Power of Experiential Learning.”

Register now!

The early bird registration deadline is this Friday, March 13, 2015. Click here to register

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Are you interested in participating as a conference sponsor or exhibitor for the 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference?

Click here for information about participating as an exhibitor.  Click here for information about participating as sponsor.

Program Schedule

The Rocky Mountain Regional Board is in the process of finalizing the Conference program schedule.  Updated information will be available on the NATSAP website very soon.  Following is the tentative schedule:

Thursday,  April 9, 2015

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Program Tours – Schedule will be available shortly.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Pre- Conference Session
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Registration and Reception (Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar)

Friday,  April 10, 2015

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome & Board Report
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Ice-Breaker
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM Keynote Address
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Excellence in Service Awards
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Presentation
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Presentation
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Closing Remarks

Excellence in Service Awards

The purpose of the award is to recognize/honor the staff that make a difference in their organization. We are seeking nominees who may not get recognized very often for the good work. We are seeking to recognize such staff as direct care, support staff such as maintenance, chaplains, nurses or kitchen staff, etc. To submit one or more of your outstanding staff, please email Joe Merrick no later than March 20, 2015 at with the following information:

  1. Staff name, program and job title.
  2. Staff photo.
  3. A short description of qualities that make this an outstanding staff.

Each recipient will receive a gift from NATSAP for their talent and dedication to the students and families we serve.  Thank you for taking this opportunity to recognize your staff that are doing exceptional work!  The deadline is March 20, 2015.

Conference Hotel Info

Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

1840 Highway 93 South

Kalispell, Montana, 59901

Phone – (406) 756-4500

NATSAP has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell for your convenience during the conference.  The Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell is pleased to offer NATSAP conference attendees the guestroom rate of $92.00.

We look forward to seeing you next month in Kalispell.


Dan Tadlock & the Rocky Mountain Regional Board

Changing the Story about Mental Health in America

The following post is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Today, in support of her Joining Forces initiative, the First Lady spoke at the launch of The Campaign to Change DirectionExternal Web Site Policy, a nation-wide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America. Spearheaded by Give an Hour and co-sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the campaign is designed to change the story of mental health across the nation by urging all Americans to learn the five signs that someone might be in distress.

While there has been much media attention on mental health in the military and veteran community, it is incredibly important to understand that mental health isn’t just a military issue — it is a human issue. Mental health conditions impact our children, our grandparents, and our neighbors. Every year, roughly one in five adults — or more than 40 million Americans — experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety.

It’s up to all of us to change the conversation by encouraging everyone to reach out when a friend, co-worker, veteran, or loved one might be struggling, and to ask for help when we need it for ourselves.

As the First Lady said today at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.:

It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. That’s something that my husband believes strongly as President. Because in this country, when you’re fighting an illness — whether that’s mental or physical — you should be able to get the help you need, end of story.

NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on Dragonfly Transitions

dragonfly transitions

Dragonfly Transitions is a nine to twelve month program with two separate locations in Klamath Falls and Ashland, Oregon. We work with our students to help them transition into a healthy young adult life with independence and autonomy. Dragonfly offers the opportunity for real world experience while providing a stable, supportive environment where students can flourish.

Dragonfly Transitions is committed to providing a respectful and caring environment for students to achieve balance and consistency in the areas of education, employment, fitness, nutrition, recreation, healthy relationships, emotional wellbeing, and other independent living skills.


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.

NATSAP Shines the Spotlight on Summit Preparatory School

Why Summit Prep?

Spectacular Staff– Diverse backgrounds and highly qualified with years of experience.

Unbelievable Facility– 500+ acres. Purposely built as a therapeutic setting. Pool, full gym with a climbing wall and state of the art science lab.

ModelThe Summit ModelTM, developed by co-founder Rick Johnson, outlines the four stages that students travel through on their journey.

Montana– Beautiful Big Sky Country. Ten miles from Kalispell, MT. Close to Glacier National Park and Glacier International Airport (FCA)

Individual Programming– Summit strives to develop individualized aspects of programming for students.

Therapeutic Excellence– Summit’s team comes with a wide array of expertise. Students and families receive: Individual, Team Group, Focus Group, Family, and Expressive Arts Therapy.

Parent Involvement– Summit embraces parent involvement with visits, retreats, therapy sessions and workshops.

Relationship Based– Our model and the philosophy of our community is relationship based.

Experiential Activities– This is a key component of Summit’s Programming including; challenge trips, family retreats, individual and group opportunities.

Programming for Single Gender – We are purposefully co-ed with a programming design celebrating the growth of strong confident teens.

Check out Summit Prep’s Website

Summit Prep


NATSAP is proud to shine the spotlight on our wonderful member programs. If you would like to participate, please e-mail with your program description.