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Wilderness therapy study

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) was assigned by the state legislature to study wilderness therapy programs. These programs exist in many forms, but typically combine therapeutic practices with outdoor activities like camping and backpacking in order to support individuals with behavioral health, mental health, and substance use issues. Though few programs exist in Washington and there is no state funding, the intent of the assignment is exploratory and aims to understand what wilderness therapy programs are, their impact, and interest among groups like behavioral health and substance use prevention coalitions in the state. WSIPP researchers would like to interview coalition members to learn about their interests in and questions about wilderness therapy programs.

If you want to learn more about this project or would like to be interviewed, please email Julia Cramer for information or telephone her at 360-664-9073.