Section 950-1-12-.01 - Introduction (Alabama Administrative Code)

§ 950-1-12-.01. Introduction

(1) The Alabama Department of Youth Services is committed to the concept of effective rehabilitation of Delinquent Youth through the development and utilization of quality outdoor Adventure programs and facilities operated at a community level.

(2) Outdoor Adventure Treatment Programs (OATP) are those programs which combine physical agility, self discipline, outdoor Adventure experiences, and team-building in a therapeutic, primitive (tents) or non-primitive (barracks, buildings) environment. Every program that incorporates Adventure has the task of balancing the elements of perceived and actual Risk, and of determining the appropriate level of "excitement and suspense" without exposing the participants to unreasonable Risks. This requires focused planning, continual monitoring and review, and evaluation.

(3) One of the primary goals of establishing a Standards process is to identify accepted levels of Adventure programming, service delivery and program management, with aptitude in the variety of methods used to achieve this level.

(4) This OATP program shall meet all life safety Standards as a part of the licensing process. Non-mandatory Standards will be met in phases over a one-year period of time.

(New Rule: Filed December 17, 2004; effective January 21, 2005. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)

Author: Alabama Department of Youth Services, Office of Licensing and Standards

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 44-1-27(a)(b), 44-1-24(4)(6), 38-13-4.

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