Share |

Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions

 PO Box 133
 Groton, MA 01450
[P] (978) 448-5013
[F] --
www.tadsma.org
[email protected]
Steve Boczenowski
Facebook Twitter
INCORPORATED: 2011
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-5530535

LAST UPDATED: 04/01/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

--

Mission StatementMORE »

TADS actively advocates for mental wellness for young people. The mission of TADS is to raise awareness about mental health issues in our society, especially depression and anxiety, and in so doing, help to prevent suicide.

Mission Statement

TADS actively advocates for mental wellness for young people. The mission of TADS is to raise awareness about mental health issues in our society, especially depression and anxiety, and in so doing, help to prevent suicide.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $50,000.00
Projected Expense $50,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Mental Health Referral Service
  • SOS Signs of Suicide

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

TADS actively advocates for mental wellness for young people. The mission of TADS is to raise awareness about mental health issues in our society, especially depression and anxiety, and in so doing, help to prevent suicide.

Background Statement

On Dec 1, 2009, our son, Jeffrey, died by suicide. For several years before his death, Jeffrey suffered with anxiety and depression. In the weeks after Jeffrey’s death, a group of friends surrounded my wife, Deb, and me in love and suggested that we join together and respond to this tragedy with some sort of event. Six months later, we held a community forum in which Deb & I told our story through a series of anecdotes which each identified an obstacle we encountered, and then mental health professionals described potential solutions to these obstacles. The idea was to provide the audience with practical advice for dealing with children who are suffering with mental illness. The event was very well received by our community and our group decided to keep working on mental health issues. We spent the next year formulating our mission and taking the required steps to become a non-profit organization.  Our mission is currently defined as approaching the issue of mental health by raising awareness, providing education, and enabling access to care.
 
In February, 2013, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention honored Deb & me with a Leadership Award for our work with TADS.

Impact Statement

2014 Accomplishments
 1. Improved access to mental healthcare in the North Middlesex (Pepperell, Townsend, Ashby) and Acton-Boxborough School Districts by contracting with the MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service.
2. Maintained improved access to mental healthcare in Groton-Dunstable and Ayer-Shirley by renewing the contract with the MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service.
3. Trained approx 115 educators and approx 50 religious leaders in suicide prevention.
4.  Raised awareness and provided education in mental health by speaking to groups of parents on several occasions including in the spring and fall at Emerson Hospital.
5. Presented at the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Conference in Marlboro in April.
 
2015 Goals
1. Improve access to mental healthcare in a local community by contracting with MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service.
2. Improve awareness about the MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service in several local communities by hiring a part-time Communications Coordinator to publicize this service.  The ultimate goal is to increase usage of this service.
3. Provide suicide prevention training to over 100 educators.
4. Continue to raise awareness about mental health by speaking to groups of parents in local communities. 

Needs Statement

1. Improved funding.  A one year contract for one community for MSPP INTERFACE is $12,000.  Bringing this service to more communities will require significant funding.
 2. Additional volunteers.  It can be a challenge to recruit volunteers, especially when programs are run during the daytime.
3. Improved publicity of our programs and services.
4. Permanent office space in a public location.   Having such a space would help to raise our profile in the community.
5. A effective plan for addressing the issue of stigma of mental illness.

CEO Statement

Since TADS in an all-volunteer organization, I operate as the virtual Executive Director.
 
I feel like I have been preparing my entire life for this role. Deb & I have always been active in our community and we have learned a lot through these activities. When our son Jeffrey died, we took some time to deal with our grief and heal from our loss. But almost immediately, we felt called to share our experiences with others so that they would not suffer the same fate. Soon we were organizing events and developing a fundraising strategy. We took the time to educate ourselves in mental health issues and suicide prevention. We also made the effort to understand the landscape of other organizations that work in this space, and we became active in the Mass Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP), which allowed us to make several very helpful connections.
I think what makes TADS distinctive is that we go beyond just raising awareness to provide tools to parents and educators to help them deal effectively with the mental health of young people.

Board Chair Statement

See the above statement.

Geographic Area Served

CENTRAL REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
Our organization is based in Groton and our work started there, but we have gradually expanded our reach.  We have reached out to several area communities including Dunstable, Ayer, Shirley, Pepperell, Townsend, Ashby, Acton, Boxborough and beyond.

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. -
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Mental Health Referral Service

The program will bring a mental health referral service, MSPP INTERFACE, to an individual community.
Budget  $12,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success would be to have the number of calls to MSPP INTERFACE increase.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success would be to make mental health srvices more accessible to people in the community.
Program Success Monitored By  MSPP INTERFACE provide bi-annual reports with the number of calls, the age category of the callers, and the presenting issues of the callers.  This report allows us to monitor progress in individual towns over time.
Examples of Program Success  Because TADS has contracts with MSPP INTERFACE for nine towns, we have the benefit of comparing the bi-annual reports among these towns.  This gives us a good window into which towns are effectively using the service and which towns need to have more publicity about the service.

SOS Signs of Suicide

SOS Signs of Suicide is suicide prevention training for educators.  The training is provided by Screening for Mental Health (SMH), who developed suicide prevention curriculum for middle schools and high schools 15 years ago.  This curriculum is on the Best Practices Registry of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  TADS contracts with SMH and invites educators from all over the state for this program.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Suicide Prevention
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Teachers leave this training more confident in their ability to handle students in need.
Program Long-Term Success  Teachers will be able to teach this curriculum to students, and attendees of all kinds will be more informed on suicide prevention and other mentla health issues.
Program Success Monitored By  We receive feedback forms from the teachers as to whether they found this training helpful.
Examples of Program Success  We have received very positive feedback.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

TADS has carved out a nice niche in the education of teachers in suicide prevention.  The feedback we get from teachers informs us that there is a real thirst for this knowledge.  With our productive relationship with SMH, we have a great opportunity to train many teachers in the coming years.
 
 We also have the opportunity to bring mental health referral services to more communities - we know that these services are very much appreciated by the communities that have them.  But communities that don't have them don't know what they're missing.  It's difficult to make the case to these communities how valuable the service is when they have no knowledge or experience with TADS.  So the challenge is to figure out how to persuade more communities of the value of mental health services.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stephen Boczenowski
CEO Term Start Sept 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --

Collaborations

--

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

--

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

--

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Stephen Boczenowski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Board Co-Chair Ms. Debra Boczenowski
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Debra Boczenowski Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Stephen Boczenowski Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Sara Clinton Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Susan Daly Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Dolan Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Tony Hawgood Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Alice Lenhart Community Volunteer --
Mr. Steven Liljegren Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Christopher Mills Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Robin Young Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 63%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

    --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

--

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $50,000.00
Projected Expense $50,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $16,937 $36,719 $17,913
Total Expenses $11,221 $20,809 $7,914

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $11,770 $32,056 $11,525
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $210 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $4,957 $4,663 $6,388
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $11,026 $17,500 $7,000
Administration Expense $195 $3,309 $914
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.51 1.76 2.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses 98% 84% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $31,455 $25,739 $9,829
Current Assets $31,455 $25,739 $9,829
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $31,455 $25,739 $9,829

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our funds come from three sources: annual fundraising appeal, grants, individual solicitations to businesses and individuals for specific projects.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990EZ's. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

TADS basic aim is to provide tools to parents and teachers to help young people are dealing with mental health issues.  Ultimately we are trying to help people in need of mental health services get the treatment they need.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

TADS employs a three-pronged strategy to accomplish our goals:
1. Raise awareness,
2. Provide education,
3. Enable access to care.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

To a large extent, TADS relies on the resourcefulness of its President & Founder, Steve Boczenowski, to get things done.  To raise awareness, Steve has made presentations in local communities and keeps up with social media.  With regards to providing education and enabling access to care, Steve has been able to establish relationships with respected organizations who can provide needed services.  TADS has a five year relationship with Screening for Mental Health who works with TADS to annually provide suicide prevention training to educators from all over the state.  Also, last year TADS collaborated with the Dept of Public Health to provide suicide prevention to religious leaders in Central Mass.  As for enabling access to care, TADS has established a very good working relationship with the Mass School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) who provide a mental health referral service called INTERFACE.  INTERFACE makes mental health services much more accessible to people in need.  TADS believes that it is the "missing link" in ou current mental healthcare system.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Simply stated, we will know we are making progress when the number of people in treatment increases.  We currently hold contracts with MSPP INTERFACE that cover nine towns and we get bi-annual reports on the numbers of calls for each of those towns.  We will know that we are making progress when the numbers of calls to INTERFACE are increasing.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Since TADS was founded, we have provided presentations in several towns in our area, many newspaper articles have been written about our efforts, and we have become the local focus for mental health issues in our area.  We have also provided suicide training to hundreds of educators.  And finally, we have made mental health referral services to nearly all of the communities in our area.