Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

PBJ Connections Inc

  • Pataskala, OH
  • www.pbjconnections.org

Mission Statement

PBJ Connections provides professional mental health and behavioral health therapy for youth and families using horses.

Main Programs

  1. A PONY Program
  2. CONNECT Program
  3. Office Therapy, Pataskala
  4. PBJ@Work
  5. Wellness Workshops
  6. Family Coaching
  7. On Mission

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Service Areas

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Ohio

Central Ohio including Licking, Delaware, Fairfield, Knox and Franklin Counties.

Greater Columbus area

ruling year

2007

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. Holly Jedlicka

Assistant Director since 2016

Self-reported

Erica Lewis

Keywords

Self-reported

youth, behavior, mental health, horses, EAP, EAGALA, children, families, Veterans

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Also Known As

PBJ Connections

EIN

20-5935457

 Number

4382296255

Physical Address

9734 Jug Street Road NW

Pataskala, OH 43062 9746

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

We delivered 1827 client hours to 150 unique clients in 2016. We provided 286 CONNECT sessions to individuals and families. We successfully implemented six distinct programs. We partnered with The Ohio State University on research and developed partnerships with other community organizations that are furthering the knowledge of equine assisted psychotherapy in particular and mental health in general.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

A PONY Program

School-based psychoeducational groups focused on leadership, empowerment, coping skills and self-esteem. Groups follow the EAGALA model of equine assisted psychotherapy and personal development and typically last ten weeks.


Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Crime/Abuse Victims

Budget

59,384

Program 2

CONNECT Program

This program provides individual and family EAGALA model equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) sessions in Central Ohio. Clients must have a diagnosable mental health disorder. PBJ Connection is able to bill insurance for the majority of CONNECT sessions.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Budget

84,900

Program 3

Office Therapy, Pataskala

PBJ Connections provides traditional office therapy and assessment out of their Pataskala, Ohio office. Sessions are billable through insurance mental health coverage and sessions are provided by independently licensed social workers and counselors.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

12,000

Program 4

PBJ@Work

PBJ Connections provides corporate team building sessions utilizing the EAGALA model of equine assisted personal growth. Three session packages are available to meet the needs of a variety of professional groups.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

13,100

Program 5

Wellness Workshops

PBJ Connections provides monthly wellness workshops utilizing the farm atmosphere, the horses, and art. PBJ Connections has partnerships with Mount Carmel and The Ohio State University to provide Wellness Workshops to various populations, including women over 40 years of age.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

11,500

Program 6

Family Coaching

PBJ Connections provides a six-session experience for families who would like to improve communication, learn healthier coping skills, and invest in their future as a family. The program is private pay only. Sessions follow the EAGALA model of equine assisted psychotherapy and personal growth.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

16,600

Program 7

On Mission

EAGALA model life skills groups for Veterans. Veterans residing in Franklin County and diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder can attend the six week program at no cost through the Access to Recovery grant. All other Veterans can contact us for information on alternative funding sources.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Become a source of EAGALA model equine assisted psychotherapy research to validate the effectiveness of EAP. Position EAP as the therapy of choice.

    Grow our client base by 178 sessions by creating and strengthening relationships with local businesses and corporations.

    Grow volunteer base to improve PBJ Connections' associates and BOD quality of worklife to enable PBJ Connections to see more clients and raise more cash to fund operations.

    Year over year funding will be sustainable and predictable to support our planned growth with an operating fund maintained at $75,000 and a savings reserve of $75,000.



  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    PBJ Connections is using a Goal Deployment Matrix to track measureables, milestones and goals. Teams and sub-teams have been developed to manage various aspects of the organization's goals.

    PBJ Connections is focusing on six different programs and is striving to maintain fundraising revenue in 2017 and to increase grant revenue to $31,000. Teams have been developed to implement the action items related to these goals.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    PBJ Connections has expanded to two full-time staff and seven contractors to provide sessions. Staff also manages daily operations.

    Our Board of Directors manages teams that include: fundraising, outreach, finance, strategic planning, volunteerism, and grants.

    We have implemented an active Advisory Board.

    We have expanded our clinical team to include four licensed mental health professionals.

    We have expanded our service locations from three to four.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    PBJ Connections tracks progress against the milestones and targets committed to in our strategic plan. We also track progress of individual clients through treatment plans/progress notes/case closure forms and an EAP Efficacy of Intervention survey.

    PBJ Connections looks at the number of sessions and the number of people served on a monthly basis. We also track the number of scholarships provided and the amount of reimbursement we obtain through insurance and third-party payers.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have provided over 8100 client hours since our inception.
    We have developed six successful and unique programs.
    We have developed partnerships in referrals, funding, service-delivery and research throughout Central Ohio.
    We have become the most highly recommended EAGALA model EAP program in Central Ohio.
    We have the only Advanced certified EAGALA facilitator in Central Ohio.

    We have not reached our financial targets.
    We are still working to publish research on the efficacy of EAP.
    We are still working to get an adequate reimbursement rate for EAGALA model EAP.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Central Ohio including Licking, Delaware, Fairfield, Knox and Franklin Counties.

Greater Columbus area

Social Media

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Funding Needs

PBJ Connections' CONNECT Program provides individual and family EAGALA model equine assisted psychotherapy. The reimbursement rates from insurance companies do not accurately reflect the actual costs of doing business. This program needs supplemental funding to provide for the equine specialists and horses that co-facilitate sessions with the mental health professionals. PBJ Connections needs funding to provide A PONY school-based groups. This program reaches a large number of youth and is highly effective, but schools are often struggling with their budgets, leaving PBJ Connections to help secure funding for groups. PBJ Connections owns one therapy horse, but pays a fee for use of the others. Rocky's Fan Club not only raises money to pay for the expenses of Rocky the Therapy Horse, but also assists in paying equine and facility fees for all sessions.

Affiliations + Memberships

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association

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Operations

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PBJ Connections Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Holly Jedlicka

Assistant Director

Erica Lewis

BIO

Holly Jedlicka, MSW, LISW-S specializes in child, adolescent and family therapy. Holly holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Otterbein College and graduated from The Ohio State University with her Masters in Social Work. She worked in community behavioral health before focusing her efforts on equine-assisted psychotherapy. She holds an Advanced EAGALA certification, is a PATH International Registered Instructor, and holds a Leadership in Human Services certificate from The OSU College of Social Work.

Holly has worked professionally as a dressage trainer her whole adult life. She believes that horses can offer clients hope and promote an openness that can be hard to achieve in the office. Her philosophy is that people are the best experts on their own lives, and as a therapist, her job is to guide them to answer their own questions. She believes that horses help humans get centered and become more mindful of their own choices.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The driving force behind PBJ Connections is the strong desire of everyone involved to give youth the chance to succeed by offering them an alternative to traditional therapeutic interventions. Our EAGALA model equine-assisted psychotherapy program not only offers youth the opportunity to grow emotionally and behaviorally, but teaches youth about the connections between themselves, other people, and the world-at-large. I know the power horses have to create a therapeutic environment. I also see the power of PBJ Connections and why we stand out from other programs. We have drawn together a strong team of people. The skills and energy brought to the organization from the staff, contractors, volunteers, and board members allows PBJ Connections to move forward as a business and as a service to the greater Columbus area. One of our organizational goals is to educate the community about equine assisted therapy. Many people have never heard of this therapy, or they have misconceptions about what it is. We meet with mental health agencies, schools, youth organizations, and the community-at-large to educate people on the power of this therapy. We have various partnerships with researchers, equine facilities and other mental health agencies that helps to drive us forward, not only as an organization, but as a field that uses horses for the therapeutic benefits of people. Finally, I know this therapy works."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rebecca Stumler

Attorney at Law

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We are an organization founded by women, run by women and our board of directors is primarily women. Though this was not intentional, we are proud of this success. We work hard to be inclusive of all demographics, including sexual orientation, race and disabilities.