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OPENING REMARKS Dear Community Friends, We are pleased to present our annual report for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2015, marking 31 years of community service in East Texas. Our mission is to build safe and vibrant communities by providing services pertaining to education, training, counseling and mentoring, encouraging individuals and families to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

“Education leads to knowledge, training leads to understanding, and counseling and mentoring lead to wisdom.”

Alcohol and substance abuse prevention and education remains a high priority in much of our program services. We have just completed our second year in a five year substance abuse prevention contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services. We serve 13 counties in East Texas through three community coalitions to reduce underage drinking, youth marijuana use and prescription drug abuse. Through these coalitions, we concentrate our prevention efforts on educating parents and the larger community on the high youth use of these substances and formulate strategies and effective community engagement to reduce youth substance use. We also completed the third year of our innovative Youth Counseling Program. In this program we place licensed counselors in area school districts and with juvenile probation departments to help youth learn how to cope with and overcome the problems that prevent them from achieving success. Our community should be aware of the growing need for youth mental health and behavioral counseling on school campuses. Through our unique service we provide an affordable approach for school districts to utilize licensed professional counselors without having to start a new program and usually for less cost. Through all of our programs, now and in the future, our goal is to teach people how they can succeed from their own unique starting point. So all of our efforts are geared with our motto in mind, “Education leads to knowledge, training leads to understanding, and counseling and mentoring lead to wisdom.” With the help, confidence and support of the larger community, we will continue to make our communities a better place to play, learn, work and raise families.


Greg Thompson Executive Director


Collin Phaup Board President

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WHO WE ARE ... TEAM OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS Collin Phaup- Board President Robert Hancock- Vice President Stuart Meisenheimer- Treasurer James McCraw- Secretary Mark Roberts- Voting Member William Beasing- Voting Member


STAFF Brandon Davidson- Coalition Program Director Lauren Barnes- Media and Community Relations Coordinator Rebecca Smith- Coalition Coordinator, East Texas Substance Abuse Coalition Erin LaCoste- Coalition Coordinator, Smart Start Coalition Susan Anderson-Coalition Coordinator, Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse Kerry Adamek, LPC- Youth Counseling Program Director/ Counselor Lou Townsend, LPC- Counselor Nelida Medina, LMSW- Counselor Kendra Bennett, LPC-I- Counselor Lisa Sipes- Office Manager

903-939-9010 305 S. Broadway Ave. Ste. 603, Tyler, TX 75702

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COUNSELING Our Youth Counseling Program places licensed mental health counselors on campus at local public schools and juvenile probation offices. Of the 20% of students who need professional counseling, 80% never receive it. This program ensures that students who are referred to mental health counseling receive it. We are able to provide this low-cost service due to community support, including funding from the United Way of Smith County.

The year by the numbers: 9 counseling locations 177 clients were served 808 counseling sessions were held (nearly double the number of sessions from the previous year)

1,330 counseling hours were held

The free, school-based counseling program has really helped me open up and feel that I actually have someone I can talk to about my problems and that I’m not entirely alone.” -Counseling recipient

Questions about our Youth Counseling Program? Contact Greg Thompson at 903-939-9010 or

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COMMUNITY COALITIONS Our coalitions bring concerned community members together to prevent substance abuse among East Texas youth. We have three coalitions that cover 13 counties. The East Texas Substance Abuse Coalition covers Smith, Rusk, Cherokee, Henderson and Van Zandt counties. Smart Start Coalition covers Marion, Harrison and Gregg counties. Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse covers Titus, Morris, Cass, Franklin and Bowie counties.

During the year: 105 presentations to 3,697 people 7 million impressions were made with a substance abuse prevention message Positive Action, a prevention curriculum, was implemented at a local school Raised the perception of harm against synthetic drugs among local students Partnered with Kilgore Middle School for a long-term strategy to prevent underage drinking More than 50% of the Rusk County alcohol retailers put up cooler stickers with a message against underage drinking 81 coalition members have partnered with us Questions about our Community Coalition Program? Contact Brandon Davidson at 903-939-9010 or

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Our heartfelt thanks to the community partners who make our work possible. United Way of Smith County

First Baptist Church Daingerfield

Tyler Police Department

Titus County Probation

East Texas Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Grace Counseling

Prevention Resource Center 4

Ounce of Prevention

Texas Department of Transportation Wise Up Rusk County Rusk County Health Department Tyler Junior College Student Support Department The Andrew’s Center Kilgore Middle School Kilgore Police Department Wellness Pointe Daingerfield High School Church on the Rock Daingerfield

Glen Oaks Hospital Miller-Bowie County Health Coalition Mount Pleasant ISD Maximus Northeast Texas Community College Pay Attention East Texas Lindale ISD First Baptist Church of Kilgore Titus County Juvenile Probation Chapel Hill ISD Van Zandt County Juvenile Probation

Daingerfield-Lonestar ISD

United Way is pleased to partner with Next Step Community Solutions to positively impact adolescents with behavioral problems or social issues that prevent them from achieving success.” -Nan Moore, United Way

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tate & Local Grants


Foundation Grants

Youth Counseling Program

Other Misc. Income Column2 Individual Donations

REVENUE State & Local Grants



Foundation Grants



Youth Counseling Program



United Way Grants






Other Misc. Income



Individual Donations



Total Revenue


United Way Grants

EXPENSES Coalition 1



Coalition 2



Coalition 3



Indirect Administration



Youth Counseling Program



General & Administrative






Former ADAPT



Total Expenses


Net Assets as of 08/31/15


Coalition 1

Coalition 2

Coalition 3

Indirect Administration

Youth Counseling Program

General & Administrative


Former ADAPT


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FUTURE GOALS EAST TEXAS SUBSTANCE ABUSE COALITION Partner with the University of Texas at Tyler College of Pharmacy to create a prescription drug task force


Host a safe party dispersal event for law enforcement Educate parents and youth on the dangers of underage drinking

SMART START COALITION Implement long-term strategies with the Kilgore Middle School to prevent underage drinking among their students Partner with Kilgore ISD to expand services

NORTHEAST TEXAS COALITION AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE Partner with the Daingerfield High School to create a student-task force to prevent underage drinking Implement a community awareness campaign called “Not In My House” to prevent adults from providing alcohol to minors in their house Partner with Titus County Juvenile Probation to implement an effective policy for youth who have substance abuse offenses

YOUTH COUNSELING PROGRAM Expand our counseling services to more locations Hire more counselors

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Next Step Community Solutions


305 S. Broadway Ave. Ste. 603, Tyler, TX 75702

Annual Report FY 2014-2015  

The Annual Report for FY 2014-2015 for Next Step Community Solutions, located in Tyler, TX.

Annual Report FY 2014-2015  

The Annual Report for FY 2014-2015 for Next Step Community Solutions, located in Tyler, TX.