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NAAP Mission Statement
To provide excellence in support services to activity professionals through education,
advocacy, technical assistance, promotion of standards, fostering of research,
and peer and industry relations.
About NAAP
Founded by Activity Professionals
for Activity Professionals...

NAAP is the only national group that represents
activity professionals in geriatric settings exclusively.
NAAP serves as a catalyst for both professional and
personal growth and has come to be recognized by
government officials as the voice of the activity
profession on national issues concerning long-term
care facilities, retirement living, assisted living, adult
day services, and senior citizen centers. NAAP is
nationwide in scope with a growing membership in
Canada and Bermuda.

The National Association of Activity Professionals
recognizes the following values:

The quality of life of the
client/resident/participant/patient served is the
primary reason for our services.

The strength of NAAP lies in the diversity of its
members.  NAAP recognizes the rich cultural, and
educational backgrounds of its members and values
the variety of resources represented.

The strength of NAAP also lies in the development
and promotion of scientific research which further
defines and supports the activity profession.

NAAP values the development and maintenance of
coalitions with organizations whose mission is similar
to that of NAAP's for the purposes of advocacy,
research, education, and promotion of activity
services and activity professionals.

NAAP values members who become involved at the
state and national level to promote professional
standards as well as encourage employers to
recognize them as professionals.

NAAP affords Activity Professionals across the
country the opportunity to speak with a common

NAAP successfully worked with members of Congress
to secure a change in the nursing home reform title
of the 1987 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
(OBRA). Through our efforts, it became mandatory
that an activity program, directed by a qualified
professional, be provided in every nursing home that
receives Medicare and/or Medicaid funds.

NAAP was the only professional activity association
to participate in HCFA's workgroups that revised
OBRA's interpretive guidelines now in effect.

NAAP provides assistance at the state level to
promote certification of activity professionals,
working toward uniform professional standards for
activity practice.
by Diane Mockbee, BS,  ADC
NAAP President

Are you a positive or a negative force in your facility each day?  As an Activity Professional we
need to be aware of the influence we have over each and every department.  We depend on
them to make our program successful by helping residents get to your programs, preparing
food for special occasions, and cleaning up after your events.  It takes a great deal of good,
positive public relations for us to get done all we have to get done!

However, we must offer respect to those we work with in order to receive it.  We must be
shining examples of what “Quality of Life” for our residents is all about.  If you want to be
recognized, sometimes you have to “toot” your own horn and let people know all that your
department is doing – from the best of the best special events to your continued education!  
Never stop educating others about the value of activities.

If you are not a part of the marketing team at your facility – you should be.  Do you know
anyone better than you to be a part of this team? You are the one who keeps our residents
smiling, enjoying life and trying things they’ve never done before!  Don’t let your “busyness”
interfere with being an integral part of the marketing team.  Teach the admissions and
marketing staff about your department so when they do tours they aren’t just passing by
quickly saying, “This is the Activity Department and they keep our residents busy”, or “they do
some really fun things!”  Instead, train them to tell families about some of the specific, terrific
programs you have created to better the lives of your residents.  Write something up for
them so they have bullet points to follow if you are not available.  Offer to do tours – who can
sell your facility better than you????

Make sure any community efforts are done con-jointly with Marketing so that you aren’t doing
it alone, stressing the importance of everyone’s involvement.  

During National Activity Professionals Week, who takes time to honor the Activity staff?  Many
times we honor other departments and oftentimes end up honoring ourselves! However, it
is your time to be honored.  Let people know when National Activity Professional’s Week is
and put some helpful hints in your Administrator’s mailbox!   Then watch what happens –
and if all else fails, then by all means honor yourself. You deserve it.  After all, we have the
best job in the whole world.  We are Activity Professionals!!!  Celebrate NAP Week January
22-26, 2006.  
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There are so many benefits when you belong to
NAAP!  Each member will receive a newsletter
which will give the updated reports on Government
Relations, Special Interests, International Updates,
Professional Development, Nominations, Standards
of Practice, Financial Updates and a Membership
Report. Along with this comes an update from our
President, Diane Mockbee, and our Executive
Director, Charles Taylor.

Members will also receive a discounted rate at the
Annual Conference which is held in March/April of
each year.

Effective JAN 1, 2006 membership dues are:
Active Membership = $75 US dollars
Associate Membership = $65 US dollars
International Membership (outside US) = $65 USD
Student Membership = $55 US dollars
Supportive Membership = $99 US dollars

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