Based in Mesa, Arizona, ANASAZI Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3), nationally recognized behavioral healthcare provider known for its nurturing and non-punitive approach to helping young people in crisis.
ANASAZI's menu of services includes a 42-day, wilderness-based intervention and treatment program for youth 12-17 and young adults, as well as parenting workshops and community drug awareness and education forums.
ANASAZI's mission is to prepare parents and children to turn their hearts to one another, begin anew, and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world. Its state-licensed and Joint Commission-accredited services are effective for adolescents and young adults with mood disorders, behavioral concerns, attachment disorders and/or adjustment difficulties. Treatment addresses depression, anxiety, oppositional behavior, substance abuse, relational problems, school failure, self-harming behaviors (eating disorders, cutting, suicidal ideation), poor social skills, lack of motivation, entitlement, and other issues related to a lack of self-regulation and moral identity.
Youth and young adults whose parents are willing to play an active role in treatment are more likely to achieve the desired outcomes. Parents participate in an admissions-day orientation; attend a relationship workshop; consult weekly (via phone or in person) with their child’s therapist; and join
their child in the wilderness for the final two nights/three days of the program.
ANASAZI also encourages the consideration and exploration of the spiritual component of one’s life as a part of treatment. The choice to include spirituality is purely voluntary. ANASAZI does not endorse or favor a particular religion or belief system.
Participants may earn high-school and college credit upon completion of the 42-day program.
Founded by wilderness therapy pioneers Larry Olsen and Ezekiel Sanchez, the nurturing approach at ANASAZI summons introspection and personal responsibility—it powerfully invites a change of heart that promotes a lasting change of behavior.
Treatment is individualized and provided by a licensed and credentialed staff specializing in child and adolescent psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, nursing, and experiential education. Staffing ratios are 3:1, and group sizes range from 3-8.
Outpatient, aftercare, and alumni services are available to support and sustain changes made while at ANASAZI. Program fees--$395 per day for adolescents and $425 per day for adults, plus a one-time admission/equipment fee of $795--may be covered by insurance, and FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE for families in need.
Admissions occur every Friday, year-round.
Individual Psychotherapy Available: Yes
Accreditation, Licensure: Joint Commission, Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Behavioral Health Licensing, Level II Behavioral Health Care Provider (Residential)
Professional Affiliations: NATSAP-Full Member; OBHIC