The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) is a not-for-profit membership organization composed of residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, and wilderness programs geared primarily to assist troubled teenagers and their families. Each year NATSAP hosts a conference that includes three days of general sessions, keynote sessions, plenary, and breakout sessions. The leading behavioral health financing company, American HealthCare Lending (AHCL), will attend the conference to exhibit its innovative financing platform and how it makes behavioral health treatment affordable.
The Mental Health Parity Act and Affordable Care Act have good intentions to make behavioral health more widely available, but issues still remain as 45% of Americans who do not receive treatment for mental and behavioral health cite cost as their main barrier. Healthcare spending is increasing at a faster rate than ever before, and behavioral health spending makes up a large portion with over $113 billion annually.
Higher deductible insurance plans have also produced a new challenge for the behavioral health industry. Deductibles rose by 154% in 2013 alone, creating a new demographic in need of affordability assistance.
American HealthCare Lending has grown into one of the largest names in mental and behavioral health financing by offering a one-of-a-kind program that benefits both the patient and the provider. Amanda Mascaro, Guest Service Financing Director at Saint Jude Retreats in New York said the following, “American HealthCare Lending has become an integral part of our company. Many of our guests have chosen to use financing to pay for our program, and American HealthCare Lending has made that process as smooth and effective as we could hope for. Because of American HealthCare Lending, we have been able to help many families that we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.”
Making treatment a reality is something AHCL has always been proud of. “Our goal is to make behavioral health treatment affordable for as many families and individuals as possible,” says EVP of Marketing at AHCL, Graham Anderson. “We want patients to receive the treatment they deserve, and we want to provide more opportunities for behavioral health professionals to do what they do best, which is helping people.”
Representatives from American HealthCare Lending will be available to answer questions and will be located at booth #20.