Hope Realized for Individuals and Families Since 1978

To help our clients experience lives of quality, TSA brings to the community mental health expertise and evidence based practices in a spirit of innovation and excellence.

Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc provides meaningful and effective mental health services to support individuals health and family well-being. We have been providing services since 1978 and continue to be experienced and well trained professionals who deliver excellent services, care about clients, appreciate collaborative relationships with colleagues and strive to help our communities in Minnesota by helping children, youth, individuals, couples, and families heal, grow, develop and thrive.

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Our History

Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc (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. 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. 

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Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc provides professional services and bills according to specific funding source rules and expectations.  We also bill according to our professional industry's standards for best practices.  Service provision is determined based on specific service requests, client need, client eligibility and appropriate funding source availability. These may include: Medical Assistance (MA), Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP's), Private Insurance, County Purchase of Service Contract, and Private Pay. TSA has developed capacity, expertise and commitment to be knowledgeable, accurate, and provide quality services with attention to billing procedures to best serve clients and the entities that pay for the services. 

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Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc is a proud member agency of and in good standing with AspireMN. A professional association of therapeutic providers, AspireMN is a leading voice in maintaining and strengthening high-quality care and treatment for children receiving specialty mental health services in the State of Minnesota. The work of AspireMN includes legislative and governmental agency advocacy for children’s issues, public education, professional development and peer consultation to our members.

TSA’s Executive Chair, Cheryl Smetana McHugh, served as President of the Board of AspireMN in 2006 and 2007.

Kinship Navigator 

As a member of AspireMN, TSA is excited and honored to share this Kinship Navigator Resource that was collaboratively developed by MN Adopt, AspireMN colleague agencies, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, both Department of Human Services Licensing and Policy Divisions, and QPI-MN.  This Kinship Navigator is intended to help define Kinship Terms and provide a variety of resources and Frequently Asked Questions for people involved in kinship care.  Please access the link for more information.



Quality Parenting Initiative

Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc is also a proud founding member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI). QPI is a nationally founded program focused on the reform of the child welfare system, specifically addressing Foster Care. 

Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. They pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.


MinnesotaHelp.info is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help. It is especially rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers.

Foster Adopt Minnesota

Foster Adopt Minnesota supports Minnesota’s adoptive, foster, and kinship families and the professionals who work in these communities. Foster Adopt Minnesota is contracted by the Department of Human Services. Foster Adopt Minnesota is dedicated to supporting and sustaining families who adopt Minnesota Waiting Children by providing online resources and referrals to therapeutic and crisis services, support groups, adoption information and comprehensive training opportunities.

United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and work to connect callers with the resources and information they need.


Mental Health Collaboration Hub

The Mental Health Collaboration Hub helps connect youth boarding in hospitals and emergency departments to mental health treatment and safe living environments. The MHCH is open to all health care systems, mental health treatment providers, and social service agencies that have a role in helping youth and families lives healthy lives.







What Others Have Said...


"Linda has been an invaluable help and all she has done for me and my family means the world to us." - Client

"It was a delight getting to work with you on this case. You're a fabulous provider and I have a lot of respect for the work you've done with our client and his parent. Thank you for everything." - County Social Worker to a TSA employee

“TSA, specifically Melissa, has really made a positive impact on my life.” - Client

"You and your agency are absolutely top notch.  I am so glad that we found TSA for our client way back when.  It has been a journey for our client but she couldn’t have had better care and services.  Thank you to you and the team…Marcy and Red, Scott, and Ellen."   - County Social Worker, Karen Johnson 

"I have been so pleased with the service I have received from TSA; from the referral process and scheduling to the service itself.  I felt so cared for and Becky went out of her way to get my services scheduled. Everyone was so patient and caring. I was shown kindness and was treated very respectfully. I have been to other places and have never been treated as respectfully as I was at TSA.  I had my first appointment with Lisa today and was so impressed with Lisa’s care; I left feeling like I was heard and will make some good progress.  I have a friend who could benefit from therapy and I am going to recommend TSA to her." - Client

"What you guys have going on there as a program…is amazing! We could not be more grateful!"   - Parent of a child in Day Treatment

"Working on my client's case with the ATP and Day Treatment programs has been one of the most successful cases I have worked on. The success of this case has been discussed during county meetings and others agree."   - County Social Worker

"I could not be happier with the services my child is receiving and the growth and change that has happened for my child and family as a result. You have 'got it going on'. I am always impressed with the care, kindness, and respect you as staff bring to team decisions, services, and interactions with my child and family."   - Parent of a child in Day Treatment

Curious about what staff members and former interns say about working at Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc.? Visit our Employment Opportunities and Internship Opportunities pages.   


Intern and Practicum Students

Summer 2023 Interns

  • Alexandra Smith, School Linked Behavioral Health Services
  • Candyce Beal, North Branch Day Treatment 
  • Kendra Simon, In-Home Family Based Services
  • Kevin Moorhouse, Outpatient
  • Maria Furness, Outpatient
  • Victoria Isais, North Branch Day Treatment
  • William McLoughlin, Pine City Day Treatment

2023-2024 Academic Year Interns

  • Claire Larson, Outpatient
  • Emily Stauter, North Branch Day Treatment
  • Kevin Moorhouse, Outpatient
  • Maria Furness, Outpatient
  • Megan Boxrud, SLBH Program
  • William McLoughlin, Pine City Day Treatment
  • Myranda Brogger, North Branch Day Treatment  

For more information about our internship program, visit our Internship & Practicum Opportunities page.

Business Office Staff

  • Steph Purdy, Organization Support Director
  • Lindsay Hobson, Accountant
  • Brenda Roberts, Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Deb Smetana, Administrative Assistant
  • Rachel Wade, Billing Specialist
  • Brad Miller, Facility and Property Manager
  • Alex Flansburg, Maintenance - Grounds Services
  • Kurt Fletcher, Grounds Services
  • Nate Johnson, IT Coordinator
  • Deanna Monson, Referral Specialist
  • Char Husom, Administrative Assistant
  • Heidi Eckert, Administrative Assistant
  • Maggie Wild, Administrative Assistant
  • Jessica Allen, Day Treatment Support Specialist
  • Nicci Bengtson, Administrative Assistant
  • Brittany Hagfors, Billing Specialist