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EMMAS HOUSE - BITTERROOT VALLEY CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTER INC

Emma's House is where children begin healing from the trauma of abuse and neglect.

aka Emma's House   |   Hamilton, MT   |  www.emmashousecac.org

Mission

Emma's House is committed to reducing trauma and promoting positive outcomes for child victims of abuse and neglect and their families while facilitating effective investigation and prosecution of offenders.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Val Widmer

Main address

PO Box 2034

Hamilton, MT 59840 USA

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EIN

20-5484868

NTEE code info

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

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We provide services to abused and neglected children in Ravalli County, located in Western Montana. In 2015 we hired an independent consultant from the Montana Non-Profit Association to conduct a community needs assessment. The purpose of this needs assessment was to identify the emerging efforts and needs of agencies that provide services to abused children in Ravalli County. The needs assessment utilized key stakeholder interviews, community dialogue/focus groups, and a review of local resources for integrating youth, family, provider, school and community knowledge and expertise towards identifying necessary next steps for creating trauma informed systems of care for children and their families.

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?

Forensic Interviewing

Emma's House provides a safe, child-friendly space for children to disclose abuse and/or neglect. Forensic interviews are conducted by professionals who have specific training in child development and interviewing techniques to maximize information and minimize trauma to the child. The forensic interview is utilized to aid in the investigation and prosecution of offenders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Child abuse victims receive an age appropriate examination, specific to abuse allegations, wherein possible injuries are treated and documented. Also, our clinic is able to take samples for possible drug endangerment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Emma's House provides evidence-based trauma-focused counseling to children and their non-offending caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Emma's House provides training and outreach to professionals in the community focused on child abuse prevention

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Facility Dog "Twyla " 2023

Canine Companions for Independence

Affiliations & memberships

National Children's Alliance 2022

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 youth and families for whom the treatment and support plan is implemented as specified by the therapist

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

Emma's House trauma-focused counseling

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

There is a critical need for further developing and improving trauma informed systems of care through coordinated interventions in the areas of: access to specialized medical healthcare, trauma informed mental health services, parenting classes, support groups, case management, transportation, substance abuse prevention, sexual abuse prevention, and criminal justice support/advocacy (specific to child abuse cases). Emma’s House was identified as the sole provider of this specialized care in Ravalli County, and for the last 3 and 1/2 years we have developed active and committed leadership towards the implementation of a trauma treatment center.

Through donations and special funding, we have been able to send our staff to specialized training in order to be experts on the impacts of trauma and children.

Through generous donations, in 2018, we were able to move into a larger facility. With more space, this allowed us to hire additional staff. We hired an additional mental health counselor and a family advocate. This has increased our capacity to increase access to mental health care for children.

The Emma’s House Board of Directors is committed to short and long-term strategic planning to support our mission of providing crisis care to abused children in our community. We have worked diligently to diversify our income streams so that we can support the mission of Emma’s House into perpetuity.

Emma’s House has been identified as a neutral safe child-friendly location for children and families to access services in Ravalli County when there is a report of child abuse. We have an opportunity to support integration of primary and behavioral healthcare to increase mental health literacy, provide early screening, intervention, and referral. Availability (waiting lists) and access to mental health care is a significant barrier for youth in our community, we are committed to providing care, or referring care to carefully chosen providers.

We have moved into our new facility and have accomplished a remodel project for a new counseling unit. Generous donations made this big step into reality, and we are working with our Board of Directors on a strategic plan to pay off our mortgage in a timely manner. Our plan involves hiring additional staff and adding additional services for our community. A Trauma Treatment Center in our community will have an astounding impact. Our vision is innovative and unique to Montana; there is nothing like this in Western Montana and we are looking forward to paving the way for other communities to follow. Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox have tapped Emma’s House as the “gold standard” of care for abused children in Montana. Our services are specialized, and we know we can implement a powerful model for change now that we are in the space to make it happen.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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EMMAS HOUSE - BITTERROOT VALLEY CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alexis Holland

Alexis Holland

Corvallis High School

Drew Huls

self-employed

Christain Pruitt

GSK

Neeltje van Dormalen

NIH-Rocky Mountain Laboratory

Nicolett Weston

Bitterroot Clinic

Kelly McKee

USDA Forest Service

Kelly Hanley

Hamilton School District

Brit Haas

The Gil Company

Angela Dondero

Hamilton School District

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.