Executive Director - Hays Caldwell Council on Drug and Alcohol

1984 -2014
Mission Statement
The Hays-Caldwell Council on Alcohol
and Drug Abuse is dedicated to
promoting community and family
enrichment through substance abuse
education, prevention, intervention
and treatment.
Thank you for attending our 30th year
Your support of the Council is greatly
2014 Board of Directors
President Jude Prather
Vice President David Peterson
Treasurer Jennifer Bowden
Secretary Nicholas Payne
Immediate Past President Lisa Pacheco
Frank Alvarez
Rose Lee Brooks
Michelle Coleman, Ph.D.
Jesse Deleon
Josh Erwin
Carlos Gonzales, LCDC
Ty Schepis, Ph.D.
George Slover
Kenneth Smith, Ph. D.
Howard Williams, Ph.D.
Roya Williamson
2014 HCCADA Executive Staff
Executive Director
Grace L. Davis, LCSW, Board-Approved Supervisor
Programs Coordinator
Carla Merritt, MSW, LCDC
Treatment Supervisor
Tim Winters, LPC-S, LCDC
2014 HCCADA Administrative Staff
Connie Guilbeau
Billing Clerk
Amy Mares
Gloria Olivo-Mendoza
2014 HCCADA Prevention Staff
• Prevention
Crystal Montoya, MSW
Alexia Maldonado, BS-ECD
Vanessa Tatum, MSW
Stacia Stratman, MSW
Liz Diaz, BSW
Tiffany Adair, BS-Education
Cathy Gould, BSW
Leticia Marin, BS-Applied Sociology
Mary Buchholz, BS-ECD
2014 HCCADA Treatment Staff
• Treatment Adolescents and Adults
– Israel Espinoza, LPC-I
• Supervised by Stacey Helm, MA, LPC-S, CTC
– CeCe Gomez, LCDC-I
– Milton Brown, LPC
• Interns
– Blan Dysart, LPC-I
– Francesca O’Connor, RN
History and Highlights
• HCCADA, a private non-profit corporation, was
formed in 1984 by a grass roots coalition of
community and substance abuse professionals
concerned about substance abuse and related
• Originally established to provide prevention and
education services, the agency has broadened its
focus to include outpatient treatment,
counseling, intervention, and treatment referrals.
History and Highlights
• As a non-profit, 501 C3 community health organization,
the Council provides a comprehensive coordinated
system of programs that provide information,
education, prevention, assessment, referral, and
advocacy for the community.
• In Hays and Caldwell counties the Council is recognized
as a major provider of prevention and treatment
• The Council is staffed by a multidimensional team of
professionals, including chemical dependency
counselors, educators, social workers and therapists.
History and Highlights
• HCCADA’s past thirty (30) years reflect a history
of being awarded federal, state and local grants
and contracts for both prevention and treatment.
• Funding sources have included the Department
of State Health Services (DSHS), United Way,
Texas Alternatives to Institutional Placement
(TAIP) funds, Adult/Juvenile probation, Federal
Probation, county and city governments, civic
groups, corporate grants and fundraising efforts.
• November of 1984, Southwest Texas State University
(SWTSU) (currently Texas State University) sponsored
its first annual alcohol awareness conference.
• During the last session of this conference participants
decided that the San Marcos area of the Texas Certified
Capital Company (CAPCO) program region needed a
local council on alcohol and drug abuse.
• The Hays-Caldwell Council was founded one week
later at an organizational meeting attended by forty
five (45) persons. The first six months, the Council was
run entirely by volunteers who devoted their time to
defining goals and objectives, establishing by-laws,
writing articles of incorporation, obtaining tax-exempt
status and electing a board of directors.
• 1985 - In May of 1985, the Council received a start up grant
from the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
(TCADA) for $12,000.
• In June, Kathleen McHale was hired as the first director of
the Council. In October of 1985, Charlotte Sanchez
became the Council’s second director.
• In November of 1985, the Council received a second TCADA
grant for $15,000. This grant Children Substance Abusers
(CSA) was earmarked for establishing and implementing
school based prevention programs. An additional $580
TCADA grant was obtained for to implement the Holidays
Ahead Campaign in December.
• The Council expanded program offerings in the area to
include community awareness campaigns.
– Campaigns included: January - “Fetal Alcohol Awareness
Month”, February - “Hugs not Drugs”, June - “Inhalant
Abuse Prevention Symposium” and “Breath Easy, Ride
• This year the Council continued teacher training and
curriculum development to area schools.
• By April, 31 teachers and 951 students had received
the curriculum-based training. During this year, the
Council began to receive funding support from the City
of San Marcos and Hays County. In February, Nina
Wright became the Council’s third executive director.
• The Council became a United Way funded agency.
• Additionally, the Probation Department and SWT
began contracts with the Council for the provision
of direct services.
• The Council received two early intervention
TCADA grants; the Student Assistance Program
(SAP) and a continuation of the Children of
Substance Abusers (CSA, Koala Club).
• The staff grew from one contract employee to six
full/part-time employees.
• The Council continued to transition from a one person agency to a full
service agency.
• In September, the Council was awarded a TCADA expansion grant for
Student Assistance Program (SAP) allowing the program to move into the
elementary schools.
• Four school districts participated in the school-based programs - San
Marcos, Hays Consolidated, Luling, and Dripping Springs.
• The Council continued to expand awareness campaigns and educational
• The Council’s role as a referral resource was expanded with the
establishment of a lending library and development of literature and
resource information.
• The Council was recognized as a model prevention program at the PRIDE
conference in Atlanta.
• Ann Ousley became fourth Executive Director for the organization in
• The Council continued to expand direct services including
counseling, referral and assessments.
• The Lending Library was expanded and usage increased
100% over the previous year.
• The Council’s utilization of volunteers was emphasized this
year by expanding volunteer training and recruitment.
• The Council was awarded an expansion grant for the CSA
program to bring the program into the Junior High Schools
and hire a Family Counselor.
• Additionally, a program for children of incarcerated parents
and recovering parents was started under the CSA program
this year.
• School based programs began in the Lockhart ISD.
• The Council continued to strive for excellence in
programming and efforts to continue to grow into
a top quality community program.
• During this year, the Council began providing
FAST (Families Against Student Truancy) bi-weekly
groups for truant high school students.
• Health insurance benefits for employees were
added to the agency’s employee benefits’
• The Big Buddy program was established matching
at risk students with an adult volunteer mentor.
• Sandra Martin was hired in June as the
Council’s fifth Executive Director.
• In August the Council moved to new location
on CM Allen Parkway.
• Liability Insurance for the Board of Directors
and a Council vehicle for transporting clients
was added.
• A volunteer coordinator position was added.
• Core team and Crisis Management team trainings were
implemented in all schools participating in school-based programs.
• Prarie Lea School District became the seventh district in the service
area to contract with the Council.
• The CSA (Koala Club) program experienced dramatic growth in
youth since the program originated in 1988, with 1½ staff, 4
curriculum based support groups serving 67 children. In 1992, the
program had 4 full time staff members, groups in 19 schools in six
different school districts, the housing authority and women’s
• A grant was received from Shoal Creek Hospital to publish a lending
library catalog.
• Recognizing a critical need in San Marcos and the
surrounding areas, the Council Board of Directors
and other interested community groups
established the Genesis (Currently called Project
Hope) adolescent outpatient treatment program.
• TCADA began electronic data collection systems
for providers.
• The Council began sponsoring “Know Before You
Pour” seminars.
• The Council’s SIC initiatives began with an additional TCADA
grant in February.
• The SIC initiative allowed the Council to expand services to
include a satellite office in Lockhart, 1-800 24 hour phone
line, and increased educational and awareness activities.
• The Council received an adult intervention grant from
TCADA in October.
• The Families in Focus (FIF) grant expanded the staff to 14
full time positions.
• A second van for transporting clients was purchased.
• Sue Cohen became the Council’s sixth Executive Director
in June.
• School programs were expanded to provide continuous
programming in the summer months.
• The Council received a CDGB (Community Development Block
Grant) to expand and operate the Genesis program.
• TCADA funding changes resulted in all programs in the State placed
on month to month contracts with 8% reductions beginning in
September and cancellation of the FIF grant in October.
• In response to the budget reductions, the Lockhart satellite office
was moved to borrowed space in the District Resource Center in
• The Council took over two major projects from Drug Free San
Marcos when their grant funding ended in October. These are San
Marcos Drug Free Business Initiative and Red Ribbon Week.
• The restructuring of TCADA and shifts in federal funding emphasis resulted
in many new program opportunities for the Council.
• The Council was awarded funding for its Youth Intervention program (YIN)
in January. This program replaced TCADA grants (CSA and SAP).
• The Council began offering the state mandated Minor in Possession
program monthly.
• The Council began providing TTC Out-patient services in Hays, Caldwell,
and Comal counties for adult offenders who have completed a State
Residential Prison Therapeutic Program. The Council main offices were
moved to 101 Uhland Rd.
• The Council became an EAP contract provider for Workers Assistance to
provide assessment/referral, counseling, and other services for area
• The Hays County Crisis Hotline became a program of the Council.
• HCCADA, grew from a one-person volunteer
operation in 1984 to an 11 employee
organization in 1997, with an operating budget
over $420,000.
• The Crisis Hotline completed its first year as a
Council program.
• The new MIP program had 219 youth successfully
complete the program.
• During this year the Public Intoxication and
Tobacco Cessation programs were added.
• A satellite office was opened in Wimberley.
• The Council’s office was flooded with 2 ½
inches of water during the October flood
before Red Ribbon Week.
• The next week the staff distributed 5,000 Red
Ribbon t-shirts and 35,000 ribbons to the
community from a flooded office.
• The Genesis program (Project HOPE)
completed its fifth year of operation.
• HCCADA, in a contract with Travis County Supervision
and Corrections Department, begin providing level III
intensive outpatient treatment 10 hours each week to
adult probationers.
• The program fills a long standing need for outpatient
treatment to adults in this population.
• School based programs are being held in 39 schools in
9 school districts.
• During TCADA’s competitive funding cycle, the agency
received $361,474 for a potential of three years. This
funding was 25% greater than current funding.
• The Council had 13 full time staff members and a budget of
• School based programs served 46 schools in 8 school districts.
• The Council began teaching the Lifeskills program to middle school
• The first Red Ribbon 5K run was held in October.
• A record 7,796 Red Ribbon T-shirts were sold and distributed.
• Genesis program was changed from 10 to 15 weeks.
• Shattered Dreams programs were held at San Marcos and Hays High
Schools in March.
• On site UA’s and alcohol screenings for adolescent and adult
outpatient clients was implemented.
• HCCADA began providing outpatient treatment to
adolescents at the new Hays County Juvenile
Detention Center.
– The program provides outpatient drug and alcohol
treatment services to two 16-person dorms for six
• HCCADA provided its first three-day educational
seminar for professionals.
• HCCADA began providing the Nature of
Marijuana (NOM) class to Juvenile offenders.
• Annual budget was $588,631.
• HCCADA began providing school based
services in partnership with Hays CISD and a
three-year CSAP grant.
• HCCADA received $120,000 annually to place
social workers in Elm Grove, Buda and Kyle
Elementary schools.
• HCCADA began providing annual educational
seminars in June 2002.
• HCCADA moved to new office space at 1901 Dutton Drive.
• The Council grew to 16 full time staff and a budget of $762,470.
• The Council contracted with Comal County Juvenile Probation to
provide the RIP (Rural Intervention Program) for juveniles on
probation in Caldwell County. The RIP program provides Genesis
and individual counseling services in Lockhart.
• The addition of the Hays CISD, RIP and the JITP programs allowed
the Council to reduce dependence on TCADA funding.
• The State Legislature passed HB 2292 that reorganized and
consolidated Health and Human Service Agencies. HB 2292
consolidated eleven HHS agencies into four and placed them
under the oversight of the Texas Health and Human Services
Commission (HHSC).
• HCCADA celebrated its 20th year!!
• Increases in funding and programs from DSHS brought the budget for
FY2004-2005 to $1,319,935.
• The Prevention Resource Center (PRC) serving a 30 county area in
region 7 also began.
• A website for HCCADA and the PRC were added.
• A new logo was approved. The logo symbolizes the people who have
benefited from HCCADA programs and those who will be helped in the
• A total of 26 staff members.
• HCCADA board voted to replace the Crisis Hotline with the statewide
2-1-1 Texas effective. HCCADA operated the Crisis Hotline since 1997.
• HCCADA contracted with DSHS to provide
treatment services through the Access to
Recovery Program (ATR).
• Caldwell County began again to provide funding
that had been discontinued in 2004.
– HCCADA was one of 11 agencies to receive a portion
of $10,000 allocated by Caldwell County for human
services funding.
• There were 22 full time staff members in 2005.
• Board/staff strategic planning retreat was held
January 2006.
• Executive Director, Sue Cohen, was elected to
a two year term as President of the State
Association of Substance Abuse Programs.
• The Lockhart office was licensed as a site for
the Genesis adolescent outpatient program.
• Organizational chart was restructured.
• Stacy Batts became Treatment Programs
Coordinator and Carla Merritt continued in
the Prevention Programs Coordinator Position.
• A second Adult IOP program was added in
• A fourth program counselor was added to the Hays County Juvenile
Detention Center.
• A second 16 person weekend group was added to the Adult
Intensive Outpatient Program.
• The Genesis adolescent outpatient program name was changed to
Project HOPE.
• The adolescent outpatient program began using a state mandated
curriculum that includes family counseling and home visits.
• The Hays Impact Center was licensed as a second adolescent
outpatient treatment location to serve clients in northern Hays
• The PRC grant was awarded to another organization.
• The Council was funded for a new YPI curriculum: “Project Toward
No Drug Abuse (PTND).” Prevention programs saw a $215,000
reduction funding.
• The Adolescent Outpatient service site at the
Impact Center in Buda was closed.
• Prevention programming continued at all
participating school districts in both Hays and
Caldwell Counties.
• Treatment grants were submitted to DSHS.
– $60,000 in funding for adult outpatient treatment (an
increase of $25,603 from current funding) and
$91,330 for adolescent outpatient treatment was
awarded to the Council.
• Applications were completed for Medicaid
funding for both adolescent and adult outpatient
treatment services.
• Hays County Adult Probation experienced
treatment funding cuts.
• The agency had 20 staff in the Dutton office
and 4 staff at the Hays County Juvenile
Detention Center.
• The agency entered into a contract with
Federal Probation to provide IOP and
Aftercare services.
• The weekend IOP group was stopped due to
funding decreases at the County level.
• Sue Cohen retired as the agency’s Executive
Director after 18 years.
• The agency began services to Federal
Probationers in the IOP and newly created
Aftercare programs.
• Grace L. Davis, LCSW was hired as the
agency’s seventh Executive Director.
• The agency participated in the City of San Marcos’
Youth Master Plan.
• Red Ribbon Run Fundraiser event returned and was
held at the San Marcos Youth Soccer Fields in San
• The JITP contract at the Hays County Detention Center
ended after a 13 year partnership with Hays County.
• The Agency’s first collaborative grant with Texas State
University was awarded and the Bienestar Community
Coalition was formed addressing substance abuse and
high risk sexual behaviors among Latinos ages 18-25.
• The Council’s prevention program serves 57
school in 7 school districts.
– Staff have over 30,000 contacts with students and
community members.
• Treatment to adolescents and adults
continues to serve those in need in the Hays
and Caldwell County areas. Referrals are
coming from Comal County again.
• Lockhart office opens.
Special Thanks to Our Presidents
John Garrison
Marvel Maddox
Bill Hernandez
Pat Price
Scott Friedman
Mark Cusack
Danny Dever
Jo Quinn
Jon McGee
Special Thanks to Our Presidents
Arturo Cordova
Michele Tuttle
Debbie Gonzales-Ingalsbe
John Roppolo
Linda Alexander
Andrew Cable
Lisa Pacheco
Jude Prather
With your help, we will continue to provide state of
the art treatment and prevention services to the
citizens of Hays and Caldwell Counties for another
30 years.

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