ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY PROGRAMS OF COLORADO

Rescued Animals Rescuing People

aka Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch   |   Arvada, CO   |  www.animalassistedtherapyprograms.org

Mission

At AATPC, Rescued Animals Rescue People. AATPC's mission is to make the benefits of animal-assisted psychotherapy accessible to people of all ages, income levels, insurance statuses and life circumstances. Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado provides counseling and psychotherapy to clients of all ages with the assistance of our therapy animals. Linda Chassman and Ellen Winston founded AATPC in 2010 based on their belief in the powerful effect animals have in healing and facilitating change. Counseling is provided at our Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch in Arvada, CO where clients work with a range of animals including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, alpacas, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and rats, all as partners in their therapy.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Dr. Linda Chassman

Training Director

Ellen Winston

Main address

7275 Kipling Street

Arvada, CO 80005 USA

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EIN

45-4423891

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Community Health Needs Assessment Focus Group (2018) found several key reasons that individuals and families in Colorado had limited access to mental health and substance abuse treatment. AATPC’s Mazey’s Dream Low Fee Counseling Program addresses these needs. These hindrances noted in the survey included: • Easy accessibility to counseling services within the Denver metro area and close to public transportation • Long waiting lists for mental health providers that accept Medicaid as payment • Limited mental health centers that offer a sliding, low fee scale for individuals without insurance or who are underinsured • Caps on the number of sessions allowed for low fee or Medicaid clients • Lack of alternative services for clients who have not done well in traditional treatment • Resistance to treatment due to fears of stigma

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?

Mazey's Dream - Low Fee Counseling Program

Mazey’s Dream – animal assisted therapy and counseling provided for individuals and families with incomes less than $40,000 per year, veterans and their families and active military

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Sasha’s Paw - animal assisted therapy and counseling provided for individuals and families on a fee-for-service basis

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

AATPC has an International online training and Certification Program teaching professional mental health clinicians how to integrate animals into their practice with a variety of clients and in the clinician's unique settings and cultures.

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 animals with freedom from fear and distress

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Mazey's Dream - Low Fee Counseling Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AATPC's therapy animals have been rescued from harmful circumstances and are in sanctuary at AATPC. Even after retirement, AATAPC provides loving and nurturing care for the remainder of their lives.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

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

Children and youth, Adults, Families

Related Program

Mazey's Dream - Low Fee Counseling Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of low fee clients seen in Mazey's Dream program

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.

• To provide disenfranchised clients access to affordable and unlimited counseling
• To provide a safe and nurturing environment for clients with diverse needs to address their behavioral health needs.
• To use the human animal bond as a way to help clients feel safe, accepted and appropriately challenged to improve their emotional health.
• To promote animal adoption and pet ownership as an ongoing means of mental health support at home.
• To train future mental health providers to use animal assisted psychotherapy for clients who would benefit from this approach

AATPC is uniquely positioned to meet many of the needs noted in the Community Health Needs Assessment Focus Group Findings.
• Our ranch/counseling facility is centrally located in Arvada, near public transportation
o RTD Route 100 stops and picks-up just 100 feet from our driveway
o Light rail is 2 miles away
o We can help Medicaid clients access transportation through the Medicaid program
• AATPC takes Medicaid and does not limit the number of Medicaid clients
• AATPC has a low-fee program for clients who are uninsured, underinsured, or have incomes less than $40,000. There is no limit to the number of clients in this program. (74% of our clients earn less than $50,000 per year.)
• AATPC has trained substance abuse counselors who provide outpatient treatment for substance abuse and can make community referrals when a higher level of care is needed.
• 90% of AATPC’s operational funds come from earned income; the increase in our client numbers allows us to hire more counselors to provide more services. We are not dependent on grants or donations for our operating budget.
• Because AATPC provides counseling at a ranch and includes animals in its sessions, clients feel less stigmatized, and more willing to pursue and continue their counseling, making this an attractive alternative for mandated, and less-motivated clients.
• All of AATPCs counseling is based on research-supported interventions and counseling approaches.
• AATPC was built on a training model, thus benefitting the community by training highly skilled clinicians. Having this larger facility would allow AATPC to have 7-10 Interns on staff year-round (we currently have 5). The best of these interns are hired on as professional counselors. To date, AATPC has trained over 35 interns in the specialty of animal assisted psychotherapy, who have gone on to provide high quality mental health services in the community.
• AATPC has a diverse staff and Board of Directors, including different gender identities, races, cultures, and sexual preferences, allowing for the ranch to be an inclusive and safe environment for clients with diverse needs.

AATPC’s Mazey’s Dream program fulfills our goal to provide low fee counseling to all who need it, including low income and disenfranchised clients. Fees range from $15 - $80 per session, depending on the clients’ ability to pay and services are unlimited. AATPC uses a training model where Master’s level counseling and social work interns are used to provide these low fee animal assisted sessions, in return for receiving excellent training and supervision. The program is also financially supplemented through fees from our international training program in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy. Currently over 60% of AATPC clients earn under $50,000 per year and are seen through Mazey’s Dream program.

AATPC is near capacity in its current counseling building and is starting a Capital Campaign to raise funds to build a new counseling building and barn that would double the capacity for clients.

In 2018, AATPC moved to its current 3 1/2 acre far thus allowing us to increase accessibility to new clients. The organization has grown an average of 15% a year and has again reached capacity. Currently, the organization maintains a growing waiting list of clients who could wait up to 2 months to receive care. Therefore, AATPC is also seeking funding opportunities that will provide the final funds needed to break ground on a 2,000 square foot addition in 2021, allowing the organization to double its capacity, immediately serve all clients on the waitlist, and increase availability for clients yet to seek treatment.

In 2020 AATPC achieved the following progress:
336 clients received 8,448 sessions provided in 2020 demonstrating a 23% increase over 2019.
77% of clients were under the age of 24 years old.
73% of all AATPC clients were received service through the organization's low-fee program, Mazey's Dream, serving low-income individuals who are uninsured or enrolled in Medicaid. These clients payed an average of only $9.35 per session.
90% of AATPC clients report being Very or Extremely Satisfied with their treatment at AATPC.
Evaluation results demonstrates a 60% decrease in mental and behavioral health symptoms upon completion of treatment.

Financials

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ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY PROGRAMS OF COLORADO

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sarah Deering

Sarah Deering

Lisa Isom

Ethan Kirkwood

Alan Titone

Linda Craddock

Ellen Winston

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 4/26/2021,

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2019

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 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 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.