What a crazy election year this has been. NATSAP always strives to keep members up to date with the most relevant information when it comes to government advocacy. Here we have outlined election results for the Presidency, House of Representatives, Senate, and Governors.
In the article, you will also find relevant legislation including bills on mental health and COVID-19. The GAP (Government Advocacy Pages) will also be updated by the end of the year with the most up to date information on legislation by state, information on the bills themselves, representatives backing that legislation, and how to contact your elected officials.
As always, please reach out to us at the home office if you have any questions!
A message from Brad Reedy, Ph.D., Owner and Executive Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs
With the election season upon us, my Evoke partners and I asked ourselves, “Besides casting our own ballots, what else could we do to make a difference?” We believe that participation in society, specifically in our democracy through the sacred act of voting, is an integral part of clients’ and employee’s whole health. Regardless of one’s ideology or political views, it is clear that electing government leaders can have a dramatic and practical impact on many issues affecting our mental health and quality of life. With this in mind, we created several initiatives to encourage and ensure that every employee and eligible client has the support, time, and resources to vote in the 2020 general election.
With this as our foundation, we launched and implemented the following initiatives:
Every employee would be encouraged to vote and would be provided the information and resources (i.e., computer) to register and vote, while getting paid “on-the clock.” We would offer guidance and support to encourage employees to have a voting plan.
While our company operates in states that primarily use mail-in voting, any employee choosing to volunteer at polling sites would be paid for their time.
As the voting registration approached, we provided support for eligible clients to register and vote. This support included the use of computers and any material requested for educating individuals regarding candidates or any other initiatives on their ballot.
We have shared these initiatives in the hopes that other wilderness and therapeutic programs will invest the same kind of energy into making sure that all employees and eligible clients are able to vote.
As most know, more than 100 million eligible voters sat out of the last general election. In the years since, we have witnessed rising awareness and enthusiasm from the electorate, specifically our young people, on many of the issues affecting our country and the world. And while our therapeutic work is a-political, our shared interest in making the world a better place begs us all to do our part. We cannot compartmentalize our mental health issues from our citizenship in society—they are inextricably linked. They are part of the same whole that make us human and we believe that this places a responsibility on those of us in the treatment field to lead, teach, and model participation in our democracy. It is with these values in mind we have taken these initiatives and invite others in leadership to do the same.
A new journey of enhancing delivery of treatment to Glenholme students is afoot. TEAM (Treatment Enhancement Assessment and Management) combines feedback and goals from the Clinical, Behavior, Boarding and Education areas of the school. This is an evolution from the old quarterly review format. That was more subjective and often consisted of anecdotal conversations about whatever was fresh on people’s minds. This is a goal-oriented, data-driven progress review format that covers all aspects of the program.
Each week faculty will break up into small groups to review student progress and assess areas for modification as needed. The objective is to create a new goal-oriented and data-driven process of assessing and monitoring student progress in all spheres.
The first time a student is on the docket for a TEAM meeting they will have a PGOI created by each area. This stands for Problem – Goal – Objective – Intervention. After a student’s initial TEAM meeting, faculty will create a quarterly review of each PGOI. In the coming weeks, students will also begin preparing self assessments to present at the meeting themselves.
The Glenholme School is a coed therapeutic boarding and day school in Connecticut for students 10-21 years old. The positive-based, in-the-moment therapeutic approach helps students achieve their social, emotional and academic goals. Glenholme students typically have average to above average intelligence, with high functioning autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, depression, anxiety and various learning differences. The school provides a balance of academic studies, a wide array of extracurricular activities and behavioral and clinical supports throughout the program.
Like so many schools, when Covid hit last March, the Devereux Glenholme school started using Zoom for students who were home.
Enter Morgan Fulks, the incoming Director of Education. With the current Education Director, Sharon Murphy, Morgan began investigating more complete options for student learning using computers. On September 23rd, the Glenholme School flipped the switch to start using Microsoft Teams, a program blending of online and in-person teaching.
Microsoft Teams allows teachers, students and administrators to collaborate in real time. For example, students can take quizzes in class, and turn them in online. The teacher can then see immediately who turned in the quiz, and who has not.
Quizzes are graded automatically and the teachers can add any comments before she sends it back to the students. Curriculums can also be developed online. Teachers can do lessons on camera, record and store them for playback at a later time.
With Microsoft Teams, students have online access to their classes, their teachers and digital resources
The NATSAP Member Program will highlight NATSAP member programs and the unique work they do. We want to offer an opportunity for you to share your story with your colleagues and the NATSAP community, inspire future NATSAP members, and strengthen awareness fo our collective mission.
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling deadline. Descriptions will be selected in order based upon date received. New postings will appear on our social media pages with a link back to the program’s website.
1 spotlight bio (maximum 300 words)
1-3 photos (1 required, 3 maximum)
Questions to answer in your spotlight include:
Who you are
Who you serve
What makes your program unique
Special events (either upcoming or recently held)
Number of years as a NATSAP member
Thank you for participating!
Submitting a Spotlight Bio
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In this edition, we are honored to have 16 of our member programs sharing their exciting news with us through our latest edition of We Are NATSAP. Read all about their celebrations, accomplishments and collaborations in our newsletter.
Send in your latest accomplishments and upcoming projects or share a story in our next edition of We Are NATSAP. This is the perfect place to shine a light on your program and/or clients’ achievements.
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All articles must be received by 11:59 PM ET. This edition does not have a theme and will be released on Friday, December 18.
We are looking forward to sharing your stories!
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Four world-class ultra cyclists known as the Soaring Coots have come together to raise awareness of the mental health challenges facing youth today, the healing work of wilderness therapy and to raise funds for Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF). Therapeutic Wilderness programs exist to provide a rich, intensive, clinically-proven therapeutic experience for a child and their family struggling with mental health and addiction, providing tools to get better. However, this level of care is costly, and beyond the reach of many families. STLF provides much needed financial support to families in need while their partner wilderness programs match their funding with a reduction in tuition.
During these crazy Covid-19 times, The Soaring Coots have found a unique way to pay it forward and help youth in crisis continue to get the support of wilderness therapy so many of them desperately need. Each of the riders has their own story to tell, facing mental health challenges in their own families. Riding has become their platform to make a difference. They are now well on their way to their goal of winning the Mountain West ultra cup and raising $50,000 to help transform the lives of youth in crisis.
The team crushed the first race of the three race Mountain West series in July – Race Across Oregon. They won the race and set a new course record. Coming up quickly now are the final two races of the series:
Hoo Doo 500 (August 29-30): 500 Miles, targeting sub 24 hours (the current overall team record.) – Riding out of St George Utah, this course has a very fast record and elevations as high as 9,000 feet – three of the Soaring Coots live at sea level! It will take everything they have to both win and attempt to beat the speed set by a much younger team.
Silver State 508 (Sept 18-20): 508 miles, targeting sub 25 hours. A 508 mile route across Nevada. – This is a fast course record to attempt on a course with huge temperature changes and a lot of climbing.
Mark and Shane are both solo winners of this race (2018 and 2019 respectively). For Paul and Yann it will be their first time. Each rider will have to be on their best form to make this happen. The team acknowledges that as hard as it can get for them during their races, it is nothing compared to what young people are facing when they get to the wilderness and start their healing journey.
Hard work, dedication and commitment is the commonality.
If you would like to cheer the Soaring Coots on during their adventure, learn more about them individually & DONATE to help break the barrier of cost for wilderness therapy: