TRAUMA SUPPORT SERVICES OF NORTH TEXAS

aka TSSNT   |   Duncanville, TX   |  www.tssnt.org

Mission

The mission of Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT) is to provide personalized, compassionate care for those affected by trauma. We provide trauma-informed therapy and services to victims of crime and other forms of trauma at NO COST. Our training institute also provides free education in trauma counseling to licensed professionals. Understanding that survivors of psychological trauma often require long-term therapy, TSSNT's motto is to do “Whatever it takes, for as long as it takes” for our clients to function well at home, work, school, or play.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mrs Traci E. Beeson-Lane MA

Main address

210 S Cedar Ridge Drive Suite C-100

Duncanville, TX 75116 USA

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EIN

26-0469778

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful, or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. In the United States, 61% of men and 51% of women report exposure to at least one lifetime traumatic event, and 90 percent of clients in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that have occurred from birth to age 17. Across 25 states about 61% of all adults surveyed have experienced at least one ACE. ACEs include experiencing violence or abuse, witnessing violence, substance use, instability in the home and having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Experiencing ACEs has been linked to chronic illnesses, mental illness and substance use (CDC.gov, 12/31/2019).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Trauma Therapy

TSSNT serves trauma survivors and those who witness traumatic events such as homicide, suicide, vehicular crashes, sexual and physical assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and robbery. Therapy services provided by TSSNT are free for those without insurance or the ability to pay.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

TSSNT's Trauma Care Institute program focuses on providing high quality trauma training to professional therapists throughout Texas. Our goal is to equip statewide communities with effective trauma therapy services through education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Trauma Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Trauma Support Services provides therapy by licensed counselors to victims of crime without insurance.

Number of professionals trained in trauma-informed care and practices.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Trauma Care Institute (training)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Professionals trained are predominantly licensed therapists, but there are also victim advocates, law enforcement and legal professionals trained as well. 98.3% found helpful 98.9% would recommend

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

TSSNT's mission is to provide personalized, compassionate care for those affected by trauma. We believe in quality trauma care, comprehensive trauma education, accessibility of trauma services, and community collaborations. TSSNT's strategic goals, based on its 2016 Strategic Plan, include:
1) Explore and obtain additional funding from diverse sources
2) Develop an expanded organizational structure
3) Continue to recruit qualified personnel
4) Obtain needed facility expansion
5) Maintain minimal risks

TSSNT strives to create a better community through quality evidenced based therapy services across the life span, case management, advocacy, and trauma education. TSSNT utilizes the services of licensed therapists willing to provide therapy on a pro bono or contract basis. This strategy allows TSSNT to extend its reach across North Central Texas. Through TSSNT’s partnerships with therapists, clients are able to receive services free of charge close to their own homes, work, or schools for as long as it takes. In return, each therapist has access to free, state-of-the art trauma training and case consultation provided each month by TSSNT’s Trauma Care Institute.

TSSNT provides specialized trauma trainings to mental health professionals, service providers, and community members in North Central Texas. TSSNT established the Trauma Care Institute (TCI) in 2016 to expand awareness about trauma and equip statewide communities with effective services through education. TCI collaborates with agencies, organizations, and schools in Texas to provide state-of-the art, evidence-based trauma education. Therapists and service providers who choose this specialized work must possess skill sets that extend beyond basic mental health education. It is well-established that survivors of crime and other traumatic events, particularly those suffering from complex trauma (repetitive, prolonged trauma involving sustained abuse), require specialized trauma services.

Through therapy, case management, advocacy, trauma education, and community relationships, TSSNT helps meet the needs of its clients.

Therapy cannot wait, clients who experience trauma also experience biological changes such as changes in the limbic system functioning, affects to brain development and an increase in a person’s vulnerability to encountering violence, chronic illness, mental illness, substance use and impairment in functioning as an adult (CDC, 2012). Trauma informed care includes an understanding of trauma and the common responses and stress reactions that trauma causes. When trauma is addressed in therapy a reduction of these symptoms and changes in the limbic system and brain can occur to help clients improve functioning and live fulfilling lives.

Ultimately, providing time-sensitive therapy to families and individuals who have experienced trauma such as a house fire, deadly car accident, death of a loved one, natural disaster, loss of physical mobility, domestic violence and PTSD from military-related incidents, will make our community mentally healthier. By providing access to life-changing counseling, for most free of charge to the clients, for as long as it takes for them to heal is an invaluable benefit to the community as a whole.

Our vision is to have a world where no one suffers alone—we are here to guide people on their journey to healing. Today, free trauma therapy is provided to nearly 1,000 clients in 16 counties in North Texas annually by licensed therapists, who use a multi-faceted approach to provide easy access to therapy to meet their clients’ therapeutic needs. TSSNT’s therapists address the needs of diverse populations by offering mental health services in the communities in which our clients live, work, and attend school. The TSSNT therapy program is like no other in North Texas and is the foundation for everything we do. We unabashedly advocate for the mental health of individuals and families in our community, who have experienced life-changing trauma, by providing free therapy for as long as it takes to heal. Typically, TSSNT has a wait list of 119 individuals and/or families (approximately 17% of which are children) waiting to receive trauma therapy

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TRAUMA SUPPORT SERVICES OF NORTH TEXAS

Board of directors
as of 08/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Greg Contreras

Community Volunteer, Retired Government Official, and Current City Council

Term: 2022 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? No
  • Ethics and 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/5/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/05/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.