May is Foster Care Month!

In May, we honor our current and past foster parents for the quality care they provide! We would like to share a letter written to express our deep gratitude towards TSA's foster parents and the important work they do! #FosterCareMonth

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New Region 7E Mental Health Resource Guide

There is a new Mental Health Pocket Resource Guide for Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe! The pocket guide includes information related to adult drop in centers, county services & tribal agencies, psychiatric medication providers, mental health services and crisis resources to name a few! Click on the photo to view the most up to date version!

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Flashback to Pine Co Fair 2019

TSA Staffer Erin Thorton, along with intern Mason Ferguson, snapped a photo with Governor Walz at the Pine County fair back in August! 

Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc. Receives Grant from Hospital District for Mental Health Services

Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc. is excited to be the recipient of a grant through the North Pine Area Hospital District to open an office at the Pine Healthcare Campus in the Gateway Family Health Clinic!

The following is a press release from the North Pine Area Hospital District:

Hospital District Signs Grant for Mental Health Services by Therapeutic Services Agency

Sandstone, MN – June 29, 2019 – The North Pine Area Hospital District (Hospital District) Board Chair, Ron Osladil, signed the contract giving a $28,508 grant to Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc (TSA) to provide mental health therapy in the Sandstone area. With the Board Chair is Fran Levings, Chair of the Health Care Services Committee of the Hospital District. This committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending new health care services that are needed in the Hospital District area.

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If Stars Can Shine...

Last August, in the midst of a busy final week of summer, our Day Treatment program took time to celebrate the success of summer and looked back at what an amazing journey of growth and positive experiences it was.

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Day Treatment Tells Me That I Am...

During a unit on self-esteem and self-worth, kiddos from one of our Day Treatment groups were recently given the prompt “Day Treatment tells me that I am…”

Their responses, listed below, are why we do the work that we do…so that our clients start to believe things about themselves that are obvious to us. Our job then becomes to encourage them to live in that truth.

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November is National Adoption Month!

With the month of November being National Adoption Awareness month, along with the recent release of the movie, “Instant Family” there is no better time to reflect on the foster care and adoption work that Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc has done over the past years.  The staff who work in the Child and Adolescent foster care treatment program at TSA are proud to remember that we have worked to support over 40+ children from our program become adopted since 1997. Furthermore, it is with great satisfaction that we are also able to share that of those 40+ adoptions we have been privileged to be a part of, 22 of the children have been adopted by foster parents licensed through our agency, with many of the families remaining in contact with and/or continuing to work with our agency to this day.

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SLMH Attends 3rd Annual Minnesota School Mental Health Conference

Earlier this month, TSA's School Linked Mental Health team attended the 3rd annual Minnesota School Mental Health Conference held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN. This years conference focused on Integrating Health, Safety and Learning: The Tools Needed for Success. The conference is sponsored by MN Dept of Education and MN Dept of Human Services.

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Keepin' Kiddos Warm

Aren’t foster parents amazing?! Like truly amazing people? Pictured here is our foster parent Donna Wichner. She is just one of our amazing foster parent who opens her home to children and provides love, guidance, care, nurturing, structure, safety, hope, teaching, and positive encouragement. 

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Quality Parenting Initiative in Action

TSA is honored to be among private foster care agencies in MN that have joined the Quality Parenting Initiative for the improvement of foster care experiences for children and their families. QPI is a national movement for systematic change with the focus of better communication and enhanced partnerships with an emphasis on relationships between the child welfare system, foster parents and the children and families receiving care. 

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TSA is proud to have a new Adoption and Permanency Certified Therapist!

TSA is proud to have a new Adoption and Permanency Certified Therapist - Johanna Hauck!

Johanna shares, "Over the past few months I have had the privilege of completing the NTI Adoption Competency Mental Health Training. This pilot training was established by C.A.S.E. (The Center for Adoption Support and Education) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.

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The challenges and rewards of foster parenting

When a family is plunged into crisis children need someone to stand in the gap for them – and what a privilege it is to fill that gap. In the simplest of terms, that describes the foster parent.

Children need foster care for lots of reasons. The reasons vary but needs of each child don’t. All children need love, respect, understanding and a sense of belonging. It is critical for the committed foster parent and family to build a relationship with the foster child that overcomes fear, alienation and isolation.

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The month of May is recognized as “Mental Health Month.”

The month of May is recognized as “Mental Health Month.” According to Mental Health America (MHA), “Since 1949, MHA and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.” In recent years Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc. has joined the cause!

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