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Tykes & Teens Inc

Mental Health Matters, Everyday

PALM CITY, FL   |  www.tykesandteens.org

Mission

Prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools, and communities through prevention, education, and treatment.

Ruling year info

1995

Chief Executive Officer

Anne Posey

Main address

3577 SW CORPORATE PKWY

PALM CITY, FL 34990 USA

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EIN

65-0570899

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A lack of affordable, accessible mental health services for children and families has contributed to an epidemic of anxiety, depression and behavioral issues among youth. Tykes & Teens was created to provide high quality mental health services for children and families regardless of financial status. Over the past 24 years, we have provided services to more than 50,000 local children in need. We are dedicated to strengthening families and preventing suicide, substance use and other dangerous behaviors by ensuring that all children and families have access to high quality mental health services. This include counseling as well as a wide range of specialized programming that helps families cope with issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, eating disorders, schools suspension and more.

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?

General Mental Health

Tykes & Teens’ full range of general mental health services and programming for children and families includes individual, family, and group therapy and counseling, as well as a wide range of specialized prevention services, and in-school and community-based programming that helps children and families cope with a full spectrum of issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, school suspension, substance use and abuse, suicide and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Our school-based program allows mental health counseling services to be brought directly to the elementary, middle, and high schools across Martin, Okeechobee, and Indian River counties, resulting in an increase in access to mental health services for children and families, regardless of their ability to pay. Many of these students would not actively be able to access mental health services on their own if not for Tykes & Teens’ presence in the schools themselves. The program reduces and assists the students who are at high risk for substance abuse, child abuse, neglect, and/or bullying. The School-Based Counseling program benefits students of all races and ethnicities in K-12 school grades.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Infant Mental Health (IMH) program, formerly known as "Little Tykes," is an evidence-based program for children from birth to age 5, typically done in the child’s home or childcare centers. Early intervention means healthier children who will require less intervention later in life and can reach their full potential. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is the evidence-based practice that we use for children 0-5 and their families in the IMH program. CPP is an intervention for children 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event and as a result, are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent or caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child’s sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate effect, paving the way for long-term holistic success.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Caregivers
Families
Non-adult children
Parents

This programming increases resiliency in youth and provides education about trending topics in mental health to the community at large. Included in this category are alcohol and drug prevention curriculum in the schools, a peer-to-peer youth group that encourages healthy choices, and special events that educate regarding suicide prevention, social media dangers and more. Tykes & Teens’ very successful Alternative to Out of School Suspension (ALTOSS) program also falls into this category, and is designed to reduce future suspensions, get to the root of the issues causing suspension, and keep youth in school. ALTOSS is located in both Martin and Indian River Counties.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Tykes & Teens utilizes an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) model for the delivery of care that focuses on treating the whole child with emphasis on collaboration between all partners of the child. This least restrictive operations model is a a cost-effective option to provide optimal care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

MHC is a new program at Tykes & Teens that focuses on improving social and emotional development in infants, toddlers, and pre-school-aged children (ages birth through five) through the consultation of parents, caregivers, and other adults. Tykes & Teens utilizes MHC as a prevention and intervention model to lessen or eliminate the need for further services and mental health concerns. This is achieved by identifying and reducing the impact of mental health disparities among children and subsequently, their families.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Infants and toddlers

Healthy Families – Indian River (HFIR) strives to prioritize a supportive system of care that optimizes the health of mothers, babies, and families in the Indian River community. By maintaining a supportive care system that will strengthen family relationships, every infant has the opportunity to establish a healthy lifestyle and positive early learning experiences. The HFIR program is a home-visitation and abuse-prevention program, meaning that services are initiated during pregnancy up until the infant is 3 months of age for mothers who experience significant burdens of adding a child to the family. Some mothers involved with HFIR have diagnosed mental health issues, which adds to the stress of having a child. Participants learn about the importance of healthcare, well-baby checks, childhood immunizations, family planning, and some receive additional positive parenting techniques that they can use to raise their child/children.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents
Pregnant people
Caregivers

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 practicing nurse practitioners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of client suicides

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clinic sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

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.

Our overall goal is reflected in our mission: To prioritize children's mental health in our families, schools and communities through prevention, education, and treatment. We aim to empower our community to raise resilient, capable, healthy children by providing both direct mental health services, and training, prevention and support services that will create systems change in families, childcare centers, schools, and other youth-serving organizations. It is our goal to provide comprehensive programming for ages 0-21 that addresses a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sexual abuse and domestic violence, trauma, school suspension, addiction, anger management, and more.

Tykes & Teens is committed to providing the highest quality of mental health services to all. For those without insurance, or with a high co-pay or deductible, we offer counseling services on a sliding scale starting at only $3.00 per session. We know that to reach all children in need, our programs must not only be affordable but also accessible. For this reason, we have on-site therapists in Martin County and Okeechobee County Schools, and we also partner with agencies like the Boys & Girls Club to provide on-site counselors. We provide six core service components at more than 50 service locations and in over 230 client homes located in the four counties of the Treasure Coast.

1) General Mental Health-Outpatient counseling for children and families that addresses issues including depression, divorce, grief, anger, and more.

2) Youth Enrichment Services-Mental health services are provided to high-risk youth who engage in substance use, delinquency, self-injurious behaviors, and/or have eating disorders or a history of psychiatric hospitalization. This program provides individual, family, group, and parenting services, and includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

3) School-Based Services-Mental health counseling and support services are provided in Martin and Okeechobee schools.

4) Community-Based Services-Tykes & Teens serves approximately 20 childcare centers more than 230 client homes in its Infant Mental Health program. Infant Mental Health therapists receive extensive training in early childhood development and treatment strategies and have a deep understanding of how trauma and/or a lack of parental connection impacts the health and well-being of a child. The program includes services to children involved in the dependency system, in childcare centers and in the community at large.

An integral component of community-based services is Targeted Case Management, which provides ‘wrap-around services’ for high-risk families to increase their resilience and independence. This division also includes Healthy Families, an evidence-based child abuse prevention program – birth to age three – for high-risk families.

5) Prevention Services-These programs increase resiliency in youth and provide education and events to the community on trending topics in youth mental health, including social media dangers, suicide prevention, and vaping. Tykes & Teens’ very successful program – the Alternative to Out of School Suspension (ALTOSS) – designed to reduce future suspensions and keep youth in their home schools, falls into this category. ALTOSS programs are currently active in Martin and Indian River Counties.

6 )Psychiatric Services-Tykes & Teens utilizes an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) model for the delivery of care that focuses on treating the whole child, with an emphasis on collaboration between all partners/caregivers of the child. This least restrictive operations model is a cost-effective option to provide optimal care.

Tykes & Teens is celebrating 25 years of service to the community in 2021. We have a proven track
record of identifying unmet mental health needs in the community and developing targeted programming to successfully address those needs and create real change. In 2016 we expanded services to Indian River County, where we now provide Infant Mental Health, manage the Healthy Families Program, and offer the Alternative to Out of School Suspension Program, which replicates our successful program in Martin County that provides a
supervised day program for students who have been suspended from school, providing counseling and
academic support to address the issues causing the suspension while making sure the student doesn't fall
behind. This program is a solution-oriented alternative to a "vacation" for suspended students and has
significantly reduced the rate of repeat suspensions for participating middle and high school students.

The staff at Tykes & Teens have worked to help remove the stigma and shame associated with seeking mental health treatment, through targeted public relations campaigns and outreach projects include our Facebook Live presentations titled "The New Normal", and initiatives such as Moms for Mental Health, a campaign that enlists mothers to learn and share the 10 warning signs of a potential mental health issue in children. Our cutting edge Trauma-Informed Care programming has trained more than 250 organizations and more than 1,000 individuals who work with children so that teachers and others can recognize and respond appropriately to trauma in children in order to reduce classroom disruptions, improve academic performance, and build on a child's strengths instead of focusing on perceived deficits.

We have experienced tremendous growth over the past 5 years, and we are committed to slowing expansion in order to ensure high-quality services are being delivered, and high-quality staff is being recruited and retained via professional staff development opportunities, leadership training, and staff support.

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 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Tykes & Teens Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Kloss

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 8/11/2023

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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/10/2021

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 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.