National Association
of Activity Professionals

The National Association of Activity Professionals is the only national association that’s
primary focus is the Activity Professional working primarily in geriatric settings.  NAAP
provides opportunities for professional development and personal growth.  NAAP is
recognized by governing bodies, e.g. the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
and Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, as the voice of
Activity Professionals regarding national issues, standards of practice, scope of
practice, etc.  NAAP’s membership spans the United States, Canada, and Bermuda.

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you why YOU should become a
member of this great association.  NAAP has been proudly serving Activity
Professionals since 1982.  NAAP is based in Tennessee with a Board of Trustees from
around the United States.  

NAAP’s mission is to provide excellence in support services to Activity Professionals
through education, advocacy, technical assistance, promotion of standards and peer
and industry relations.  NAAP membership benefits include but aren’t limited to:
•        NAAP holds an annual conference in the spring which members receive
discounted registration.  Participants have an opportunity to attend general education
sessions and special interest sessions to learn about the latest regulatory issues,
network with their peers from around the country and internationally.  The annual
conference also provides time for you to visit with various vendors specializing in
resources for Activity Professionals working with elders at all levels of ability.

•        NAAP members receive a bi-monthly newsletter filled with regulatory up-dates,
activity ideas, research findings, educational offerings, and other related professional

•        NAAP coordinates Regional Workshops for various states throughout the year.

•        NAAP in partnership with VIfamilies provides monthly webinars for Activity
Professionals at no charge for members.  

•        NAAP’s website is devoted to offering resources for the Activity Professional along
with regulatory updates, educational offerings, informational articles and new and
innovative activity ideas.

•        NAAP has representatives in nearly every state that disseminate pertinent
information to members regularly.

•        NAAP keeps abreast of all legislative bills pertinent to the field and provides
input/feedback as needed.  If a bill is introduced that could harm the profession or the
Activity Professional, NAAP fights it.

•        NAAP has a presence at conferences for Administrators and owners, further
promoting and highlighting the importance of the Activity Profession.

•        NAAP collaborates with the Pioneer Network, CMS, NCCNHR, AHCA, AAHSA, and
NAB to provide information about Culture Change principles to members.

•        NAAP supports the Activity Profession and Activity Professionals, through its
membership to be able to offer support and advocacy within regulatory agencies and
industry associations.

•        NAAP members have the opportunity to participate in various committees
including but not limited to:  membership, government relations, education, bylaws, and

NAAP’s objectives are to provide quality services by qualified Activity Professionals.
Establish partnerships with allied organizations, e.g. governing bodies, consumer
groups, regulatory agencies, provider groups, and to develop career opportunities for
Activity Professionals.

If you are interested in becoming a member of NAAP or would like more information
regarding membership you can visit our website at ,call the office at
(865) 429-0717, or e-mail .  

We look forward to hearing from you!

Vanessa Emm, BA, ACC
NAAP Membership/Nominations Trustee
National Association of Activity Professionals
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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

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

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

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

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.
NAAP Mission
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.
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, Susan
Rauch and Executive Director Irene 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 = $59 USD
  • Associate Membership = $65 USD
  • International Membership (outside
    US) = $65 USD
  • Student Membership = $49 USD
  • Supportive Membership = $99 USD

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P.O. Box 5530
Sevierville, TN 37864
phone (865) 429-0717        
fax (865) 453-9914        


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