Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP)

STAP is for children and teenagers who have a serious emotional or behavioral disorder. The program is voluntary and usually lasts for several weeks in the summer. STAP is for specific age groups and diagnoses.

How does STAP help?

Therapies and activities help your child learn how to get along better with peers and adults, how to solve problems, and how to make good decisions. Then, your child can use these new skills at home, in school, or in the community. STAP staff work with you, your child, and other team members to make a treatment plan. You may be invited to participate in a camp activity with your child.

STAP is not the right service for children who could function well in a community or at a camp that is not a therapeutic program, or for children who could get less intensive services.

STAP does not provide:

  • General child care or daycare
  • Parenting relief or respite
  • Activities that are not a part of the treatment plan

How can your child get STAP services?

First, a psychologist or a psychiatrist must evaluate your child to see if his or her behavioral needs require a prescription for STAP. If there is more than one STAP that would be a good fit for your child, you can pick the STAP that you want your child to attend.

You, your child, and the agencies that are working with your child meet as part of an “interagency team.” Your participation is important because you know your child best. The team needs your help to make a good treatment plan. You can ask anyone you want to be a member of your child’s team.

For information about STAP, call us.