Validating Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare

1.Validated through peer-reviewed research. In the past 6 years, there have been at least 90 peer-reviewed research articles validating outdoor behavioral healthcare. There has been no peer reviewed research finding a lack of significance in OBH treatment.

2. Extensive research database. The National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) has created a research database to examine the effectiveness of programs addressing behavioral health. Over 9,000 participants in OBH programs are included in this database.

3. Reimbursement for OBH programming. Insurance claims denial processes have returned over 7 million dollars to families in the past 4 years. This can be calculated as reimbursement for 36,000 treatment days.

4. Seventeen (17) years of stringent risk management procedures. Seventeen (17) years of research data has demonstrated that participation in OBH programs is actually twice as safe as staying at home.

5. Rigorous quality control mechanisms established to ensure high caliber treatment processes. The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC) has partnered with the well-established accreditation program of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and produced the clinical criteria for OBH programming. This program was established in 1991, and 22 programs are currently accredited.

6. Recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA). A Revenue Code was established by the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUMC) of the AHA for funding outdoor/wilderness behavioral healthcare programming. This revenue code went into effect on July, 1, 2017.

7. Strong alliances with progressive behavioral health care movements. Alliances have been made with organizations such as the Kennedy Forum to advance behavioral health care practices and parity in reimbursement.

8. High degree of treatment completion. Treatment completion is a key indicator of positive outcomes. Clients who complete treatment are more likely to achieve therapeutic success. 93% completion rate for OBH, compared with 42% for treatment as usual.

9. Demonstration of cost effectiveness. Given the high rate of treatment completion, OBH can be as little as 25% the cost of treatment as usual.

10. Validation through state and federal licensing bodies. Several states (i.e. Utah) have recently revised legislation to align with federal guidelines (i.e. Parity Act, intermediate level of care).

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- “I needed that extra boost to get out on my own and find purpose in myself, and become a better man...The relationship I have with my family is on a whole new level. Just heading in the right's good, it's great.” says Anthony Siblley, a client at Legacy Outdoor Adventures.

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