Rawhide working to purchase CHAPS Academy

Rawhide Boys Ranch (WBAY file)

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Rawhide, Inc. has announced plans to buy CHAPS Academy before it closes its stables.

"Acquiring CHAPS Academy will complement the community-based mental health counseling already being done at Rawhide," reads a statement from the charitable organization.

CHAPS Academy, located in Shiocton, uses equine therapy to help treat people with trauma, depression and anxiety.

In January, the therapy stable announced it would close its doors due to high operating costs and low reimbursements.

CHAPS says Rawhide's "size and diverse service lines" will help with those issues that forced the closure of CHAPS.

"Horses have been a critical part of residential care program since it began 52 years ago at Rawhide Boys Ranch," says Alan Loux, President and CEO of Rawhide.

Rawhide is currently in negotiations to purchase CHAPS, which is scheduled to close at the end of January.

Rawhide is based in the New London area. It's mission is to provide a faith-based environment as an alternative to sending young boys to juvenile corrections.

In addition to equine therapy, Rawhide provides outpatient counseling, summer camps, and family services.

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