Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc.
often called TSA, opened on August 1, 1978. The 70’s were at the end
of the second progressive era with new laws and policies emphasizing
mental health and intervention services for children and youth
services. The importance of family counseling as an intervention was
being recognized. TSA’s first program was and still is unique in
Minnesota-a foster home based intensive mental health treatment
program with an emphasis on family involvement. Judges, probation
officers and social workers in Pine, Chisago Kanabec and Isanti
County as well as local schools all had a hand in the design of the
program. In fact TSA offered the first family counseling in Pine
County and was the first out of home care program in Minnesota to
require weekly family counseling.
Pine County commissioners recognized the cost savings and increased
effectiveness in serving their children locally cutting down on
costly social worker trips to facilities far removed from children’s
families. A welcome benefit was the creation of local jobs-a half
dozen in 1978 but now up to 90 jobs in recent years. Another
innovation TSA offered in 1978 was the first outcome measurement of
In 1981, TSA in cooperation with Isanti County began the area’s
first in-home counseling program with Chisago County following suit
shortly thereafter. Since that time TSA has partnered with counties
and not only on the child, youth and family level but in designing
and starting new initiatives and programs. A new Close to Home
Program in Isanti County is a collection of specialty services in
the Cambridge area while the North Branch Schools are partnering
with TSA in hosting day treatment.
Since then TSA has also expanded into adult and child/youth
outpatient counseling and most recently into day treatment along
with a number of specialized services. Staff are specially trained
in many “evidence based “ practices and TSA has staff specializing
in adoption, early childhood and other niche services.
TSA has satellite offices in Coon Rapids, in the Summit-University
neighborhood of St. Paul, Cambridge and North Branch in addition to
three locations in Pine City. Staff working out of those offices
serve clients in Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Pine Chisago, Isanti,
Kanabec, Washington and Dakota counties. In 2014 TSA served over
2,000 clients and in a typical week serves about 500 clients.
In addition to the creation of local jobs TSA has in its 35+ years
brought over 100 million dollars into the local east central