STAT LIGONIER THERAPEUTIC CENTER

HEALING WITH HORSEPOWER

aka SOUTHERN TIER ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES INC   |   Ligonier, PA   |  www.statinc.org

Mission

Facilitating alternative and animal-assisted therapies to promote and enhance the health, education, and quality of life for individuals with special needs and other vulnerable populations

Notes from the nonprofit

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2bJ9rdJ0NFhcFJZTXNiZmh5Y3M/edit?usp=drive_web STAT programs are developed to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral development of children and adults across Western Pennsylvania through quality therapeutic and educational equine-facilitated programs. STAT provides life-changing experiences that help to educate and inspire individuals whose needs are not being met in traditional educational or therapeutic settings. The young populations we see at STAT: foster youth, children of veterans, kids with histories of trauma or who are facing social/emotional challenges, adjudicated youth, and children with depression or anxiety. The adult populations we see at STAT: Veterans, individuals in recovery, individuals with physical challenges, concussion or TBI, caregivers of medically or behaviorally challenged individuals, and more. Here, we help clients to develop critical life skills and to build resilience through hands on activities with horses.

Ruling year info

2008

FOUNDER & CEO

Catherine Markosky

Main address

643 PLEASANT MEADOW FARM LN

Ligonier, PA 15658 USA

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EIN

26-0146359

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The highest need that STAT has currently is moving from fair weather operations and services to year round. We are beginning a Capital Campaign and are in need of $500,000 to build a full-service indoor arena for therapy, services and other revenue producing activities. With year round activities and services, STAT will be able to sustain without having to depend on grants-in-aid.

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?

The Riding Connection

The Riding Connection is an equine-assisted therapy program for children and adults with disabilities. The Riding Connection provides therapy to children in both outdoor and indoor settings. STAT currently has a licensed Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist with the American Hippotherapy Association training and (2) Speech Language Pathologists. We do not take insurance but we can provide a Super Bill for submission to your insurance for reimbursement. The cost is $50 per session. Most participants ride year round, weekly. STAT's CEO, Catherine Markosky, assists parents on a regular basis to apply and submit for individual grants through specific agencies. Many times, these agencies approve fully funded grants.
We offer: hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, equine-assisted group intervention, equine-assisted growth and learning, equine-assisted recreation and workshops.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Health

T180 is a program to promote, mentor, and inspire youth at risk to participate in group learning, team building, leadership, behavioral interventions, horsemanship skills training, and to learn appropriate social behaviors through group dynamics and hands on experiential learning with the horses. Programs help to build self-worth and self-confidence, improve communication and relationships. The at risk participants are sometimes paired with children enrolled in STAT's riding programs (disabled children) to help inspire responsibility, equality, as well as volunteerism and compassion for individuals with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Literacy and learning conversation on horseback! a newly developed protocol - for non-verbal children (majority ASD) ages 3 through 17 to learn to read, utilize AAC devices, and participate in equine-assisted therapy, to become verbal, learn social communication and conversation skills, as well as to train parents to use and adopt new skills to crossover into other social opportunities. This program is assisted by licensed PT, OT, and SLPs

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Social and economic status
People with diseases and illnesses
Family relationships

A horsemanship and riding program using horses as the tool to heal (OK Corral model)

Population(s) Served

A newly developed and trademarked (2021) protocol by STAT. EQuine Affect is an equine assisted learning modality that provides lessons with horses (Both mounted and ground) for personal growth and development, specifically emotional intelligence. A two-person professional team and the horses provide 12 weeks of growth and learning. Substance Use Disorders, Veterans are two targeted populations for the EQuine Affect. STAT is currently developing an EQuine Affect for teens.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Veterans
Substance abusers

STAT employs 2 licensed behavioral health specialists, both with extensive experience with Autistic individuals. Programming is customized by the individual needs

Population(s) Served
Families
Families
Caregivers
Families
Caregivers
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

EAGALA Certification 2018

EAGALA CERTIFICATION 2019

EAGALA CERTIFICATION 2020

EAGALA CERTIFICATION 2021

TEIQue 2020

TEIQue 2021

OK CORRAL SERIES - MILTARY 2020

OK CORRAL SERIES - TRAUMA 2021

RELIAS - ATTACHMENT DISORDERS (ATTACHMENT AND TRAUMA) 2021

OJJDP NTTAC - SECONDARY TRAUMA AND TRAUMATIC STRESS 2022

RCA ACADEMY FOR ADDICTION AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS - INTERVENTION THEORIES AND PRACTICES 2022

VRT - CLINICAL SERIES: SUICIDE PREVENTION 2021

RELIAS - CALMING CHILDREN IN CRISIS 2021

RCA ACADEMY FOR ADDICTION AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROS - INTERSECTION OF TRAUMA, SUD, PROCESS ADDICT.. 2021

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2009

Boys and Girls Clubs of America 2010

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association 2017

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association 2009

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2008

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2009

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2010

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2011

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2012

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2013

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2014

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2015

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2016

AHA, Inc - American Hippotherapy Association 2017

United Way Member Agency 2010

United Way Member Agency 2011

United Way Member Agency 2012

United Way Member Agency 2013

United Way Member Agency 2014

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2015

AHA, Inc. - American Hippotherapy Association 2018

PATH International 2018

EAGALA 2018

PANO 2018

EAGALA 2019

EAGALA 2020

EAGALA 2021

OK CORRAL SERIES 2020

OK CORRAL SERIES 2021

PATH INTL 2019

PATH INTL 2020

PATH INTL 2021

THOMAS INTERNATIONAL 2020

THOMAS INTERNATIONAL 2021

PANO 2021

GPNP 2020

GPNP 2021

PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE COUNCIL 2018

PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE COUNCIL 2019

PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE COUNCIL 2020

PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE COUNCIL 2021

GPNP 2022

PENNSYLVANIA EQUINE COUNCIL 2022

PATH INTERNATIONAL 2022

EAGALA 2022

EAGALA - MILITARY SERVICES 2021

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 children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

The Riding Connection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

physical, occupational therapy - PROMIS Mobility - General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE) - Pain Pressure Threshold (PPT) - Tegner - Bruininks Oseretsky mental health therapy - depression scale

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.

STAT will continue to provide community programs that serve individuals with special needs, at risk youth, veterans, and alcohol/drug addiction. Our programs include unique and innovative therapeutic and educationally-based activities to enhance a person's abilities, invite learning, improve physical health and fitness, and enhance quality of life for the entire family.

STAT is now offering EAGALA – a Psychotherapy Treatment Model

STAT's EAGALA Team is a group of professionals incorporating horses to address mental health, personal development, and professional development needs.

Our Approach:
Trauma-informed * Client- centered * Strengths-Based * Solution Oriented

At Risk Youth, PTSD, Trauma, Addiction Recovery, Coaching, Restorative Retreats, and more.

STAT offers EAGALA, Hippotherapy and adaptive riding.

Please visit our website for more information. www.statinc.org

Our Mission – To facilitate alternative and animal assisted therapies to promote and enhance the health, education and quality of life for individuals with health challenges.

STAT's EAGALA Team:

Mandy Orvosh, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP, has her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and she is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and has been an EAGALA certified practitioner since 2009. Mandy focuses on Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and provides a space where clients can share their story and engage in an experiential learning process, using the EAGALA Model. Mandy is passionate about this experiential modality of mental health treatment which incorporates horses in a variety of activities to stimulate emotional growth and learning, with the belief that clients have the best solutions for themselves if given an opportunity to discover them.

Catherine Markosky, is an EAGALA certified Equine Specialist with 10 years of experience working in many different settings combining programming with teens/children and horses. Cat is also the Founder of STAT Inc., and the General Manager of the Ligonier Therapeutic Center. Catherine and her husband Michael together have built the Ligonier Therapeutic Center as a place of healing in Western PA, for all. We can customize your wellness, recovery, or therapy plan by utilizing our large network of professionals and interventions to build the right program, the right team, for your specific need.

Our team is growing and expanding. Charles McClanahan has 34+ years of experience serving at risk youth and people with drug and alcohol abuse/addiction in a therapeutic setting. He's trained in EAGALA, crisis management, is a National Certified Horse Trainer and is a PACTH certified instructor.

Alyssia Marshall-Stewart, OT, AHA Certified. Alyssia manages a group of OTs and PTs who are trained in Hippotherapy. STAT offers outpatient OT, PT and Speech. With a trained volunteer staff, we are able to offer our facility to licensed OTs, PTs and Speech therapists for a fee; to bring their patients to our Center for Hippotherapy.

STAT offers access to life-changing services in the great outdoors, natural settings, with horses, using alternative mind-body interventions -- to provide you with long-term solutions and recovery. Whether it be a physical or an emotional challenge... our programs are client centered and outcome focused.

STAT will be breaking ground in March 2019 on the Phase II project: a 120' x 208' indoor arena and clinic.

History:
STAT partnered with 8 equestrian centers that provided a variety of equine-assisted activities; including Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, Riding for the Handicapped, EAL/EAP, for children with disabilities, for troubled, challenged, and at-risk teens, siblings of handicapped riders. STAT also started an Autism-Friendly Summer Camp in partnership with the Ligonier Camp & Conference Center. Now STAT owns and operates the Ligonier Therapeutic Center at 24 Stom Road, Ligonier.

STAT supported more than 200 families annually (more than 600 over past 8 years) with full scholarships to cover the cost of riding, camps, and a number of therapeutic activities. STAT has offered pull-in educational-based programs to coincide with equine therapy activities; i.e., we provide non-verbal riders with iPads and 1:1 Speech Pathology to train riders and parents to effectively utilize the iPad as a communication device. STAT supports our partners by offering capital improvements as needed, stipends for interns, program supplies. On occasion, STAT leads or collaborates related research projects.

Financials

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STAT LIGONIER THERAPEUTIC CENTER

Board of directors
as of 3/6/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Markosky

STAT Inc.

James Wano

Deb Honkus

Carrie Bartley

David Soltesz

Paul Dunlap

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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data