The Skyland Trail adolescent residential treatment program for teens ages 14 to 17 recently was accepted as a member by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). Skyland Trail’s young adult program has been a NATSAP member since 2013.
NATSAP was created in January of 1999 to serve as a national resource for programs and professionals assisting young people struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NATSAP members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs.
NATSAP requires members of the organization to be licensed by the appropriate state agency and/or be accredited by a nationally recognized behavioral health accreditation agency and to have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician.
The Skyland Trail adolescent program is licensed by the State of Georgia and accredited by The Joint Commission. Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, DFAPA, serves as chief medical officer for the adolescent and adult treatment programs at Skyland Trail.
The Skyland Trail residential adolescent treatment program provides evidence-based psychiatric services to teens ages 14 to 17 with mood and anxiety disorders. The program, located in Atlanta, opened in October 2019. Adolescent clients reside in private bedrooms with private bathrooms. They participate in a structured daily schedule that includes group and individual therapeutic sessions, family therapy, experiential therapy, academic services, and fitness, recreational and wellness services. The average length of stay for adolescent residential clients is 6 to 12 weeks.