Yes! Tharseo Place, Inc has received our Letter of Determination from the IRS officially recognizing Tharseo Place as a 501(c)3 organization. This designation also allows all donations from May 12, 2022 forward to be tax deductible for the contributor.
All money raised from the fundraiser will be used for items approved in the annual budget by the board of directors. Items such as payroll for personnel, electricity, water, internet, food for residents, supplies for therapeutic sessions, property and casualty insurance, vehicle payments, vehicle insurance, office supplies and more.
The Board of Directors for Tharseo Place is comprised of three independent volunteers passionate about improving the lives of the young women that will call Tharseo Place home.
Tharseo Place received a provisional permit to operate on December 22, 2022. The current plan is to start serving residents by March 1, 2023. The major task at hand is raising the remaining funds needed to open the doors.
Yes! There are several governmental agencies that will inspect Tharseo Place for safety and compliance. In order to submit an application the local fire marshal must provide a certificate of occupancy indicating the facility is safe for residential occupancy. The facility has a current certificate of occupancy. This certificate must be renewed annually. Tharseo Place must include a copy of the current health permit in the application to operate. The health permit provides proof the kitchen is safe to store food as well as prepare and cook meals. The health permit also is evidence that a food safety manager is employed at the facility. The health permit must be renewed annually. The license to operate the General Residential Operation is granted by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In addition, Child Protective Services will make periodic, unannounced visits to insure the residents are safe in care. Other agencies such as Youth for Tomorrow and Community-Based Care Contractors also reserve the right to inspect the facility when Tharseo Place has youth in care.
Yes! The Minimum Standards for General Residential Operations is a 438 page document published by the State of Texas that outlines the requirements that Tharseo Place must follow. Part of those requirements address specialized personnel.
Page 82 of the document outlines the requirements for a Child-Care Administrator. Although the name seems generic, the qualifications for this team member are very specific. Many people confuse this license with the ability to operate a daycare. These are two very different qualifications. In order to obtain a child-care administrator's license the individual must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience in the residential setting including one year of supervisory experience.
A treatment director is required. This person is responsible for the clinical side of Tharseo Place. This individual must have a minimum of a master's degree and be a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical social worker with documented experience.
A Professional Level Service Provider is next on the list. Sometimes this position may be referred to as a case manager. This person is responsible for mountains of paperwork dealing with compliance and the resident. Admission Assessments to discharge and everything in between. This position requires a minimum of a master's degree.
Because Tharseo Place will use a blended approach to education, an Education Coordinator is required. This person must be a certified teacher in Texas and have documented experience with positive results. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to obtain a teaching certification in Texas.
In addition to the personnel listed in the previous question, Tharseo Place plans to employ numerous direct care staff, a cook/kitchen manager, a shift supervisor and coach. The coach will serve as the training coordinator for new hires, responsible for all continuing education needs and for making sure the direct care staff and supervisors have the tools, training and supports necessary to be successful.
The therapeutic program at Tharseo Place is designed to be completed in 9-12 months.
Due to the specialized programming and staffing requirements to operate Tharseo Place, there is a major shortage of similar facilities in Texas. For this reason, Tharseo Place will serve teenage girls from all regions of the State of Texas.
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