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About Us

CHAPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a licensed mental health clinic, dedicated to the strength, health, and well-being of those who live in our community. We empower those we serve to achieve ongoing productivity and success within their home, school, work, and in the community.

A little background information: In 2004, CHAPS Academy was established to serve those struggling with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties who were not showing improvement in a traditional therapeutic setting through the use of equine assisted therapy.

CHAPS provides hope and healing through creative counseling and specialized therapies utilizing a strength based approach. Some of the creative approaches offered at CHAPS include: equine therapy, play therapy, art therapy, Brainspotting, mindfulness, and yoga. The majority of individuals served, struggle (live with) with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal ideation. CHAPS is a perfect fit for individuals who may not find success in traditional therapy or are interested in a non-traditional atmosphere.  


How is CHAPS Different?

At the heart of CHAPS is equine-assisted therapy.  Equine therapy offers a powerful and effective therapeutic approach to youth and adults who have been impacted by trauma and as a result may be suffering with anxiety and depression.  People who have struggled to make progress in traditional therapy have had significant success with equine therapy. Please check out our Equine Therapy page for more details.

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The First Life CHAPS Saved

 CHAPS was established to serve children who struggled to sit still in a traditional office setting, and rarely took anything beneficial out of a mental health session (most often kids on the Autism spectrum, or struggling with ADD/ADHD). A psychiatrist heard about the creative approach to use horses, and referred an unexpected client to the new program. She was a 16 year old who had been hospitalized 36 times for suicide attempts and ideation. She had been labeled a "revolving door" client: someone who couldn't find success, despite dozens of different therapists and medications. At her first session at CHAPS, she met the horse who chose her. As she left that session, she skipped to her mother who was waiting in the car and said, "my horse's name is Chance. I think that means I have a chance, too". After her discharge from CHAPS, she was never hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts again. 


How are services paid for?

CHAPS understands that finding the right care for you or your child is often a long and challenging process. CHAPS wants to help you and your family with mental health care.  We partner with a number of health insurers. We strongly recommend calling the number on the back of your card to see if CHAPS, also known as, Medical and Counseling Associates is an in-network provider.  You can also call our front desk and we can inquire for you. If you do not have insurance coverage for our services, you are billed out of pocket, and a sliding fee scale is available if needed.

Insurance plans we are currently unable to accept for outpatient services are: Cigna, Security Health Plan, and Medicare. Day Treatment cannot currently accept any of those listed above, as well as, the following: Humana, United Healthcare (Commercial), and TriCare.

Financial assistance is provided when available for people in need. CHAPS staff will work diligently with you to remove financial barriers to receiving much needed services. Please call today (920)986-3003.



My daughter has bottled her emotions since she was about 7 years old. One consequence of this was suicidal ideation. She refused counseling for 10 years, until I found CHAPS. Now after 3 months, she is more confident, speaks up for herself, and honors her boundaries. What an amazing start! Also, she never misses a session.
Kudos to CHAPS!
— Chaps Parent