HEALING COMPANIONS INC

Oberlin, OH   |  http://healing-companions.org

Mission

Through the benefits of psychiatric service dogs, Healing Companions, Inc., is dedicated in our mission to assist individuals severely limited in their ability to function due to mental illness so that they can lead lives with dignity, productivity, freedom and self-reliance. Healing Companions, Inc., is committed to creating a greater awareness of the healing benefits of psychiatric service dogs and incorporating shelter and rescue dogs whenever possible in its program.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder and Executive Director

JANE MILLER

Main address

5 South Main Street Suite 205

Oberlin, OH 44074 USA

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EIN

45-4472345

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through the benefits of psychiatric service dogs, Healing Companions, Inc., is dedicated in our mission to assist individuals severely limited in their ability to function due to mental illness so that they can lead lives with dignity, productivity, freedom and self-reliance. Healing Companions, Inc., is committed to creating a greater awareness of the healing benefits of psychiatric service dogs and incorporating shelter and rescue dogs whenever possible in its program.

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?

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

We train psychiatric service dogs. As a small organization, HC Inc. is capable of truly tailoring our training to meet the needs of the handler [client] rather than training dogs on general service tasks we train PSDs to meet the needs of their handler so as to mitigate the symptoms of the handler's specific mental condition. We are committed to high ethical standards of training and see the value of intensive one-on- one, individualized training. The organization trains a limited number of PSDs simultaneously to guarantee the quality of the training each dog and handler are receiving. Training is intensive and takes 18-24 months to fully train each PSD.
Depending on the individual's disability/symptoms, PSDs are task trained to guide a handler disoriented by anxiety, conduct a room search to alleviate fear of intruders or the unknown, provide assistance in locating an individual's car, interrupt a panic attack, obsessive compulsive behavior and/or nightmares, to name a few. The tasks

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with psychosocial disabilities

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 list subscribers

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

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have been working over time to increase our email subscribers. We intend to use the list for both raising awareness of the benefits of Psychiatric Service Dogs and as a fundraising tool.

Number of testimonies offered

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

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Testimonials are often offered but rarely shared except anonymously due to the confidential nature of our business.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We no longer participate in the inmate training program we had reported as users in 2016 and 2017 due to changes in prison management. Therefore this number is lower than previously reported.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

12 dogs were trained every 6 weeks to be more adoptable through the inmate program in 2016 and 2017. In 2018 we trained shelter dogs that had been chosen specifically for our clients.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Shelter dogs were trained in our inmate program so they would be more adoptable during 2016-2017. In 2018 we worked with shelter dogs and individually trained them to work with specific clients.

Number of clients served

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

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

30+ inmates trained 50 shelter dogs. Fifteen people living with mental illness were assisted by psychiatric service dogs. We average approximately 12-15 placements a year.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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

Adults, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Healing Companions - Adoption/Training

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Donations range from $5 dropped in a jar at an event to $500.

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.

HC Inc. is committed to increasing awareness of and access to psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) as a form of treatment of mental illnesses. The organization was formed primarily in response to the increased requests by people who met the criteria for having a PSD, but do not have the financial resources to pay for the training. Through the benefits of psychiatric services dogs we seek to help individuals become more independent and self-confident, allowing them to lead productive lives. We envision a future in which psychiatric service dogs are fully integrated into comprehensive care for individuals with mental illness. On the short-term we work to increase awareness of the benefits of PSDs and to provide PSDs to residents of Northeast Ohio who are in need of an alternative form of treatment for their mental illness.

Healing Companions' strategy to make this happen is broken down into three points:

1. Program: Establish a system to provide PSDs to those individuals within the region who request a PSD and who meet the requirements of the program. Healing Companions will initially provide up to 5 annual matches and up to 10 annual matches by year three of the program.

2. Resources: Develop financial and other resources necessary to sustain the mission and vision of the Organization including launching programs, creating infrastructure and marketing.

3. Awareness: Raise the level of knowledge of the value and benefits of PSDs within the mental health professional training curriculums (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, social work). In addition, by observing PSDs assisting clients in the community, the general public will have an enhanced image of those dealing with mental illness.

The essence of our work is the training of psychiatric service dogs. As a small organization HC Inc. is capable of truly tailoring the PSD training to meet the needs of the handler [client]. As opposed to training dogs on general service tasks we train PSDs to meet the needs of their handler so as to mitigate the effects of the symptoms of the handler's specific mental condition. We are committed to high ethical standards of training and therefore see the value of intensive one-on- one, individualized training, which can be extremely time-consuming. The organization trains only a limited number of PSDs simultaneously so as to guarantee the quality of the training each dog and handler are receiving. It takes 18-24 months to fully train each PSD.

Depending on the individual's disability and specific symptoms, PSDs are task trained to guide a handler disoriented by anxiety, conduct a room search to alleviate fear of intruders or the unknown, provide assistance in locating an individual's car when dissociating, interrupt a panic attack, obsessive compulsive behavior and/or nightmares, among a variety of other tasks. The tasks that the PSD is trained to perform allow individuals to go out into the world, hold jobs, study, develop healthy relationships, and essentially become able to cope with the ups and downs of daily life.

Healing Companions has been able to help clients treat mental health issues with individually trained psychiatric service dogs in a way that caters to the individual needs of the client.

While we have experienced success on all levels, going forward, we:

1. want to expand awareness of psychiatric service animals as treatment for mental health issues
2. need to expand our volunteer base which allows us to put the majority of our donations toward our mission
3. need to expand our donor base since our clients do not always have the ability to cover the cost of training a specialized psychiatric service dog to fit their specific needs.

Financials

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Operations

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

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HEALING COMPANIONS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jane Miller

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? No
  • 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 1/25/2021,

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