Cost-Effectiveness of Program
information, regarding the cost-effectiveness of Refuge Services'
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy program, is gained by comparing
it to the regional, juvenile correctional inpatient center.
They report that the cost per day for inpatient placements is
$75 with 67% of the youth having no new charges during the year
following release. Comparative costs for six months of treatment
in the respective programs are as follows: Refuge Services @
$3480 and regional juvenile inpatient treatment at $12,600.
Refuge Services cost is approximately ¼ the cost of regional
correctional center for the same length of treatment intervention
of equine involvement with psychotherapy creates dramatic increases
in the percentage of youth and families who respond favorably
to treatment. The increase in cost associated with the use of
horses is offset significantly by the increased efficiency in
obtaining positive outcomes. The comparative costs of Equine-Assisted
Psychotherapy and inpatient treatment indicate tremendous savings
of 75% by using this innovative method of intensive outpatient
As stated previously in this proposal, Refuge Services provides a unique
and effective program that helps youth and families solve relational,
emotional, and behavioral issues. We continue to strive to achieve
our mission of finding positive ways to deal with life's challenges
and we need your help to meet a desperate need in our community.