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ANASAZI Foundation Expands Aftercare Program to Include In-Home Transition Management Services


Arizona nonprofit teams with Homeward Bound to provide additional support for families of young people returning directly home from wilderness therapy

Mesa, Arizona (February 22, 2008) – Outdoor behavioral healthcare provider ANASAZI Foundation today announced it will offer in-home transition services to families completing its 42-day wilderness therapy program. The optional six-week course augments ANASAZI’s existing aftercare offering with extensive assessment, planning, and parent coaching initiated by a transition specialist during a three-day home visit. Administered in partnership with the transition management experts at Homeward Bound, the program is designed to help families apply principles learned at ANASAZI to create a home environment that enhances family unity and promotes a lasting and positive change in family behavior.

“In-home family transition services are ideal for ANASAZI families seeking a level of aftercare between outpatient counseling and long-term residential treatment,” said ANASAZI President Mike Merchant. “We’re excited to deliver them with the help of our friends at Homeward Bound. Their process is closely aligned with our ANASAZI Way philosophy, and it integrates family members, positive peers, mentors, and professionals having influence in a child’s life. The end result is a priceless roadmap that leads parents and children forward as they continue their walk together in the wilderness of the world.”

Central to the ANASAZI-Homeward Bound transition program is the in-home visit, which is conducted immediately after treatment to identify current issues and help the family agree upon a structure that will produce desired outcomes. Other services included in the offering are a panoramic assessment (with input from community, program, and consulting professionals), extensive parent coaching, support via scheduled sessions, and direct access to a transition specialist. Participating families will also receive a one-year subscription to Homeward Bound’s comprehensive Family Bridge™ online resource library.

The cost for the program is $7900, plus air fare required for the in-home visit by a family transition specialist. For more information, visit and

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2008, ANASAZI Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3), nationally recognized, licensed, and Joint Commission-accredited behavioral healthcare provider known for its nurturing and non-punitive approach to helping struggling young people. ANASAZI’s menu of services includes a 42-day (minimum stay), wilderness-based treatment program for youth 13-17 (including those often labeled as “troubled teens”) and young adults 18-25, as well as parenting workshops, leadership and marriage courses, outpatient counseling, and community drug awareness and education forums. Visit for more information.



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