Community Resources

  • A New Beginning - A Safe Future

    Blueprint of new building

    A New Beginning. A Safe Future.

    June 21, 2018

    Mary’s House of Hope at A Safe Place will be a reality! The domestic violence transitional housing complex, which will be located at COMTREA’s A Safe Place, received an anonymous major gift to launch construction of the first of four housing units.

    With this gift, the campaign for Mary’s House of Hope at A Safe Place has now raised more than $1 million from generous donors. The first housing unit will have four apartments, each becoming home to up to twenty-two women and children.

    Women and children will be enrolled in a self-empowerment program, identifying their own struggles and challenges. Advocates will serve in providing community resources and therapy, while residents move toward independent living. Families may live in the transitional housing complex for up to two years, freeing up immediate shelter at A Safe Place.

    A Safe Place, the only domestic violence shelter in Jefferson County, has been serving women and children for 31 years. In 2017, the shelter provided 6,289 nights of safety, but turned away over 1,100 victims due to being at capacity.

    We encourage the community to support this life-saving effort. For more information on the project, funding, or donations, contact Kim Elbl, Vice President of Marketing and Fundraising for COMTREA, at 636-232-2339 or visit www.comtrea.org/campaign.

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  • A Safe Place

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
    A Safe Place logo. Women with purple scarf and turquoise purse.

    A Safe Place

    Vision: A Safe Place will assure survivors and their children a comprehensive treatment process in a safe and secure environment in Jefferson County.

    Mission: To provide, with dignity and respect, a comprehensive, quality program including education, therapy/counseling, shelter advocacy, accessibility, referral network, etc. to any battered survivor and his/her children.

    Domestic Violence Shelter

    "We will never forget our time at A Safe Place. At one time, we were just trying to make it through another day. Now... we are happy. We don't have much, but we have each other, tons of good times, and a sense of security. Life is good."

    Shelter

    • A Safe Place is a residential shelter and program providing services to meet immediate needs of domestic violence survivors and their children. Abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, or the destruction of property or pets.
    • Children who grow up in violent homes frequently learn violence as an acceptable means of resolving conflict or exerting control. These children are more likely to become victims or abusers as adults. A Safe Place provides a comprehensive program for the survivor and family, teaching healthy conflict resolutions and lifestyles.
    Bed

    Living Quarters

    The emergency shelter accommodates six families in a community-living home until they can support themselves or family.

    Plate and silverware

    Daily Activities

    Residents share in daily activities and learn skills such as cooking, parenting education, and other life skills.

    Arrow and target

    Goal-Based

    Residents agree to a goal-based program which focuses on safety, healing, and financial independence.

    Key Benefits

    Safe and Secure Environment
    Access to Care
    Pets Referral Program

    Advocacy
    Referral & Resourcing
    24-Hour Staff

    Education
    Therapy, Counseling, & Coaching 
    Perpetrator Referral

    Services

    Shelter Care

    Survivors learn to break the cycle of violence through individual counseling, support groups, education, comprehensive parenting, fitness, and wellness programs. Feelings of dependency are replaced with self-sufficiency. Self-esteem, assertiveness, communication, and decision-making skills are taught, and assistance with nutrition, budgeting, housing, job searching, and career planning is provided. Additional services include:

    • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
    • Emergency Shelter Program
    • Residential Shelter Program
    • Individual and Group Therapy
    • Life Skills Group
    • Domestic Abuse Education Group
    • Court Advocacy
    • Recreational Activities
    • Child Play Therapy
    • Art Therapy
    • Crime Victims Advocacy

    A Safe Place empowers survivors and their children to rise above the pain of domestic abuse and begin a safe and healthy life. 

    Community Groups

    Domestic Violence Support Group

    Sexual Assault/Abuse Support Group

    These support groups, free and on-going, empowers survivors to rise above the pain of domestic abuse and begin a safe and healthy life.

    Learn from others’ experiences and support each other in the process of healing, change, and transformation.

    Resources

    Speak With Our Staff

    Receive counseling, advocacy, referrals, and other services

    636-232-2301

    Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    State-wide domestic violence resources and network

    www.mocadsv.org

    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    National domestic violence resources and network

    www.ncadv.org

    Secret Financial Escape Plan

    Steps to quietly build a credit history

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    MY FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IS BEING ABUSED

    Stories

    A Safe Place is the only domestic violence shelter in Jefferson County.

    A Safe Place was founded in 1987 to serve survivors of domestic violence. In 1998, the shelter opened at a new, undisclosed location to provide increased care and protection to the residents.  

    Looking to the future...

    A Safe Place will expand services by building Mary's House of Hope at A Safe Place, three transitional housing complexes with twelve total apartment units for women and children preparing for independent life. Construction of the building structures began in Winter 2020. 

    2019 Impact

    • Received 866 hotline calls
    • Served 1,864 clients
    • Turned away 904 
    • Offered 4,127 nights of safety
    • Educated 1,079 individuals about domestic violence
    • Held 130 sexual assault and domestic violence group meetings
    • Presented at 45 community events
    • Provided 156 hours of court advocacy for survivors
    • Provided 238 hours of professional therapy

    A Safe Place is supported by financial gifts, grants, volunteer time and services, and donations of supplies. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

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  • Children's Advocacy Center (CAC)

    Logo for Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri. A division of COMTREA.

    If you suspect child abuse, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-3738 or contact your local law enforcement agency

    Our mission is to provide a community-based collaborative effort to improve the system's response to allegations of child abuse and neglect by following the Child First Doctrine

    10,000 HandPrints

    Every child served has the opportunity to place their handprint on a canvas that is displayed across the agency

    A safe and trusting environment is vital for a child to openly share concerns about their possible abuse. Each facility is designed for kids. Staff are specially trained to communicate with children, limiting how many times children talk about the allegations. 

    Children First

    Community collaboration

    Children are referred by our multidisciplinary team members including Law Enforcement, Children's Division, Juvenile Office, and Prosecutor's Office. The CAC operates solely through grants, donations, and fundraisers. 

    The child is interviewed by a CAC forensic interviewer. The interview is viewed on a closed circuit television by the multidisciplinary team, and the recording is given to law enforcement as evidence on the child's behalf. 

    Safe Interviews

    Advocacy

    We help navigate the legal and social services systems, assist in identifying needs of the family, and provide access to community resources as the child, individuals involved, and the non-offending caregiver heal.

    digitally recorded fact-finding interviews

    sexual abuse forensic examinations

    mental health Services

    training and coordination of  teams

    case review and tracking 

    Community awareness and education

    Child and Family advocacy

    Crime Victims  Advocacy

    Benefits

    • Restructure the interview process to meet the needs of the child
    • Fewer interviews lead to less trauma to the child
    • Collaborate between agencies involved in child abuse investigations 
    • Identify needed services for the child and family
    • Provide mental health services for the child and family
    • Provide coordination and collaboration of medical services
    • Identify gaps in services and the investigation process
    • Provide specialized training for staff and multidisciplinary teams
    • Provide quality assurance through case review with all agencies involved
    CAC Farmington Office

    Child and Family Advocate Office

    CAC Festus Interview Room

    Child Interview Room

    CAC Farmington Lobby

    Child-Friendly Waiting area

    A Problem That Affects Us All

    Children's hands in blue finger paint

    At present, the counties served by the CAC and similar agencies across the nation are faced with this reality: many of our children are being abused.

    Each year, the CAC and its multidisciplinary team members investigate numerous cases of suspected physical and sexual child abuse while providing services to children and their families.

    WHo is involved

    The CAC offers a coordinated, multidisciplinary intervention system involving agencies and the community.

    • The Children’s Division
    • The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
    • Law Enforcement
    • The Juvenile Office
    • Medical Personnel
    • Mental Health Professionals
    • CAC Staff
    • Community Volunteers

    why are they involved

    We are a part of a nationwide effort to reduce the trauma of abuse, so children are not re-victimized by the system designed to protect them.

    In the past, victims seeking help faced multiple contacts with different community professionals, creating a maze of confusion for the child and family.

    With the support of the community, the CAC enables the child to visit one location for safety, protection, and justice instead of going from agency to agency.

    Locations

    The CAC serves a ten-county region including Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Madison, Osage, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Washington counties out of three physical locations

    Farmington Office

    601 Maple Street
    Farmington, MO 63640
    573-756-4148 

    Festus Office

    106 North Mill Street
    Festus, MO 63028
    636-586-1806

    Union Office

    14 South Washington Avenue
    Union, MO 63084
    636-584-0222 

    489 children served in 2018

    $75,000 in donations received
    in fiscal year 2018

    300 teachers, officials, and community members trained in 2018  

    Your generosity changes children's lives

    Give financially or donate items

    • Baby Wipes
    • Batteries: Triple A & Double A 
    • Binder Machine
    • Books (call for details) 
    • Bottled Water 
    • Canned Soft Drinks 
    • Canvas Boards
    • CD/DVD Envelopes 
    • Children's Board Games
    • Color Copier
    • Coloring Books
    • Crayons
    • Diapers: Sizes 3, 4, 5, 6  
    • Digital Cameras 
    • DVD's (Disney, Looney Tunes, Dora, etc.)
    • DVD's to record interviews (DVD-R, up to 16X, 4.7gb & 120min video) 
    • Flash Drive
    • Folders: Two Pocket Folders
    • General Office Supplies: paper, white out, labels (1"X2 5/8"), Sharpies, tape, staples, file folder white labels (3 3/16"X9/16"), 2" paper fastener bases (2 3/4" between prongs), post its, binder clips, and paper clips 
    • Hand Paint: Washable for hand print boards
    • iPads 
    • Magazine Subscriptions 
    • Markers
    • Medical Gowns for SAFE Room
    • Plastic Storage Containers  
    • Projector Screen 
    • Projector
    • Pull-Ups: Sizes 3, 4, 5, 6
    • Snacks for Kids

    The CAC is supported by financial gifts, grants, volunteer time and services, and donations of supplies. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

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  • COMTREA Mentioned at the Jefferson County Legislative Event

    Jefferson County Legislative Event

    COMTREA Mentioned at Jefferson County Legislative Event

    June 25, 2018

    The Jefferson County Legislative Breakfast took place Thursday, June 21 at Jefferson College. This event provides county agencies and business owners the opportunity to hear directly from State and Federal elected officials the achievements and work completed during their pass session.

    COMTREA was mentioned numerous times during the event regarding funding and work on the Opioid Crisis. In addition, Jennifer Hoskins from Senator Roy Blunt’s office spoke of the funds for Quality Mental Health Care.

    Representing COMTREA was Lisa Rothweiler, COO, Lisa Wigger, Executive Manager and JCGA Board Member, and Gabby Ayres, AVP Youth Behavioral Health and member of the Jefferson County Drug Prevention Coalition.

    Speakers included Elaine Gannon, Becky Ruth, and staff from the offices of Senator Paul Weiland, Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire McCaskill, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Congressman Jason Smith, and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer.

    Special thank you to the Jefferson County Growth Association for hosting this annual event, and our elected officials for their work during this past legislative session.

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  • Congresswoman Ann Wagner Visits

    Congresswoman, Ann Wagner meeting with COMTREA Leadership

    Congresswoman Ann Wagner Visits COMTREA

    May 2, 2018

    Congresswoman Ann Wagner met with COMTREA leadership to discuss the Opioid Crisis on May 2, 2018.

    Nearly 64,000 deaths occur each year from opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    Doug Fesler from Adult Behavioral Health at COMTREA spoke on access to care for clients through the new Welcome Center. The Welcome Center offers same-day access to those seeking treatment for substance use and mental health needs. “There are, on average, between 21-29 clients per day that come to our Welcome Center,” said Fesler.

    “People that will walk in one place to get the service; that is your prime target,” said Wagner.

    “Most psychiatric medications are prescribed by primary care doctors,” explained David Hassis, Behavioral Health Consultant at COMTREA. “People will be more willing to go to primary care. I’m in a place where people are willing to open up. The idea of integrating everything links mental health and physical health care for individuals."

    COMTREA offers three locations with comprehensive services in Primary Care, Dental Care, and Mental Health. Individuals like Hassis can better evaluate and prescribe clients, compared to primary care physicians.

    “That’s the way of the future,” said Wagner.

    One in four people struggle with a mental health crisis or mental illness, whether situational or ongoing,” explained Margo Pigg, Chief Behavioral Health Officer at COMTREA. “Working with you (Wagner) and Senator Roy Blunt with the Missouri Coalition for Behavioral Health will insure we have the services needed when clients need them,” said Pigg.

    COMTREA leadership asked Wagner for legislative support to continue our work in the community serving individuals and families.

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  • Financial Assistance and Insurance

    Free Assistance

    Patients and clients receive free assistance in navigating insurance coverage

    Trained Staff

    Our staff are nationally trained and qualified to better help you 

    Where you are

    Schedule an appointment at one of our several locations in Jefferson County

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    Get Covered. Get Assistance.

    Receive free assistance in insurance coverage from our trained staff who are available to serve you in:

    • Filing appeals and exemptions
    • Requesting a special enrollment period
    • Medicaid, CHIP, or Marketplace plan re-enrollment/renewals
    • Social service, pharmacy, or other assistance programs
    • Understanding and utilizing insurance
    • One-on-one customized education about affordable insurance coverage options

    Contact us

    Ask our front desk staff to schedule an appointment.

    Coverage options

    Medicaid (MO Health Net)

    Missouri’s Medicaid program is called MO HealthNet. MO HealthNet covers qualified medical expenses for individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligible individuals receive a "MO HealthNet Identification Care" or a letter from the Family Support Division identifying them as eligible for certain medical care services.

    Medicare

    Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).

    Sliding Fee Scale

    The sliding fee scale is in place to meet the needs of the uninsured or underinsured, providing reduced costs to most services for those who qualify. No one will be denied access to services at COMTREA, as services are offered regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The sliding fee scale includes primary care, dental care, and behavioral health.

    Download the Sliding Fee Scale Application (review form for additional required documentation)

    Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility

    • With eligibility, receive temporary Medicaid or CHIP for immediate care.
    • Presumptive eligibility is determined by providing the individual's name, household size, and estimated monthly income.
    • Designed for pregnant women and children under of age of 19 to receive immediate, temporary coverage. 

    The Marketplace (Affordable Care Act)

    • The ACA gives subsidies to households that are within certain income ranges. Based on household income. 
    • If you are under 30 years old or have a “hardship exemption,” you may be eligible for “catastrophic" health coverage. This kind of insurance shields you from high medical costs if you need a lot of care.  
    • You may be entitled to stay on your parent’s policy if you are under 26 years old.
    • Regularly confirm your physician is still in network. You may pay more for an out-of-network visit.
    • The new health law prohibits insurance carriers from charging you or dependents higher rates for pre-existing conditions or for being female.

    INCOME-BASED Sliding Fee Scale

    Download application

    No discount is offered for anyone over 200% poverty level based on the federal schedule above. Standard charges apply. Please see front desk for discount application and payment arrangements. Review form for additional required documentation.

    A

    0-100% Poverty

    B

    101-125% Poverty

    C

    126-150% Poverty

    D

    151-175% Poverty

    E

    176-200% Poverty

    Family SizeYearly IncomeYearly IncomeYearly IncomeYearly IncomeYearly Income
    1$0-$12,140$12,141-$15,175$15,176-$18,210$18,211-$21,245$21,246-$24,280
    2$0-$16460$16,461-$20,575$20,576-$24,690$24,691- $28,805 $28,806-$32,920
    3$0-$20,780$20,781-$25,975$25,976- $31,170 $31,171-$36,365$36,366-$41,560
    4$0-$25,100$25,101-$31,375$31,376-$37,650$37,651-$43,925$43,926-$50,200
    5$0-$29,420$29,421-$36,775$36,776- $44,130 $44,131-$51,485$51,486-$58,840
    6$0-$33,740$33,741-$42,175$42,176-$50,610$50,611-$59,045$59,046-$67,480
    7$0-$38,060$38,061-$47,575$47,576-$57,090$57,091-$66,605$66,606-$76,120
    8$0-$42,380$42,381-$52,975$52,976-$63,570$63,571-$74,165$74,166-$84,760
    Each Additional Person $0 $4,320$4,321 $5,400$5,401 $6,480$6,481 $7,560$7,561 $8,640

    Primary Care Minimum Charge

    $20$30$35$40$45
    Behavioral Health Minimum Charge$20$30$35$40$45
    Dental Care Minimum Charge$40*$30%40%45%

    50%

    Discounts and payment plan

    No one will be denied access to services at COMTREA based on ability to pay.

    Full pay cash discount

    Receive a 5% discount for all services over $500 that are paid in full with cash prior to receiving care.

    Full Pay credit card discount

    Receive a 3% discount for all services over $500 that are paid in full with credit card prior to receiving care.

    Full or partial payment by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover accepted.

    Payment Plan

    Ask our front desk staff about a payment plan to assist in financial planning options.

    INSURANCE PROVIDERS

    Insurance providers are subject to change. Please consult with your insurance provider to ensure coverage. 

    Behavioral Health

    • Aetna
    • Ambetter
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Cigna
    • Com Psych
    • Essence
    • Healthlink
    • Home State Health
    • Humana
    • Magellan
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Mercy
    • Missouri Care
    • Tricare
    • United Health Care

    Dental Care

    • Aetna
    • Cigna
    • Delta Dental
    • DentaQuest 
    • Envolve Dental
    • Liberty Dental
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • MetLife
    • Missouri Care
    • Principal
    • United Health Care





    Primary Care

    • Aetna
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Care Improvement
    • Cigna
    • Coventry
    • Essence
    • Healthlink
    • Home State Health
    • Humana
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Missouri Care
    • Multi Plan
    • Tricare
    • United Health Care


  • NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH – October 2018

    NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH – Women's face in black

    NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

    October 14, 2018

    For the time it takes you to read this sentence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline will have received two calls from victims of abuse.

    The leading victims of domestic violence are women, regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, educational background or economic status. One in three women experience abuse by their intimate partner.

    On a national scale, one in four women will experience domestic or sexual violence. In Missouri, 140,000 domestic violence incidents were officially reported in 2012.

    A parent could expect one of their four daughters to experience domestic violence.

    A classmate could expect one or more of their female friends to experience domestic violence.

    A homeowner could expect one of their adjacent female neighbors to experience domestic violence.

    Walk away. Leave the relationships. Find a new place to live. Talk to someone. Get help.

    How many mothers, daughters, and friends did not survive the last 24 hours at the hands of their perpetrator or abuser?

    For a victim, leaving the abusive situation may be the most difficult decision of their life, even if it is to preserve their own life.

    On average, a victim will return to the abuser seven times before successfully breaking the cycle. Resources, support, provision, finances, and safety are often the leading factors for leaving a situation.

    Abusers use the power of fear to control the minds and emotions of victims.

    If I leave, I will not survive. If I leave, I will lose my family. If I leave, I will be at fault.

    In order to combat the fear of leaving, domestic violence shelters provide victims a safe place to escape. Shelters offer resources, support, counseling, safety, and family to the most vulnerable and in-need community members.

    According to 79 shelters in Missouri, over 10,000 victims and their children received safe shelter, while 17,500 of those in need were turned away due to lack of resources.

    The domestic violence shelter in Jefferson County, A Safe Place, a division of COMTREA, saw a 24 percent increase from 2016 to 2017 in families referred to other agencies because of full capacity.

    A Safe Place, a division of COMTREA, was able to provide 6,289 nights of safety in 2017, but the demand greatly exceeds the shelter’s capacity.

    Recognizing this crisis, a Friends of A Safe Place Foundation was created and launched a capital campaign for Mary’s House of Hope at A Safe Place with the purpose of building additional housing for survivors of domestic violence in Jefferson County.

    The build will offer apartment style living spaces. Residents may stay for two years, as they participate in a self-empowerment program and receive counseling, employment assistance, support, and resources to transition to an independent, sustainable life.

    Help break the cycle of domestic violence in Jefferson County by raising awareness, by talking about it openly, volunteering at A Safe Place domestic violence shelter, a division of COMTREA, and by donating to build transitional housing.

    Learn more and donate to building housing for survivors at www.comtrea.org/campaign.

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, call the 24 hour national hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or A Safe Place, a division of COMTREA, at 636-232-2301.

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  • Sarah McGrath, School Liaison Counselor

    Sarah McGrath, School Liaison Counselor

    Meet Our Familytrea

    Sarah McGrath, School Liaison Counselor

    September 23, 2018

    Meet Sarah McGrath, School Liaison Counselor at COMTREA. I provide therapy and resources/supports to students, their families, and school staff in the Jefferson County School Districts. This year, I am servicing schools in the Northwest School District. I collaborate with school staff and provide more intensive therapies that the school counselor is not able to provide or that their job does not allow the time and intensity to provide to students. I conduct group therapy, individual therapy, collaborate with teachers and staff to support students, and connect with parents and caregivers to provide support for carry-over at home and/or other resources available to assist the student and family, overall.

    The school liaison position is very important due to the amount of time we can spend with a student versus a school counselor. I was a school counselor for 11 years, and one of the drawbacks was time constraints; this did not allow for developing therapeutic relationships. As a liaison counselor, I get to build therapeutic relationships. I can dive deeper into a situation, not just teach, but practice skills with students to better themselves. I am able to have conversations with families about medical and mental health needs that unfortunately school staff are limited to discuss. School counselors really depend on the services that the liaisons provide for kids. Many times, as the school liaison, I am the only way that a child can receive some more in-depth therapeutic interventions and that is really important!

    Life throws crazy, unexpected things in our path, but one thing I have learned is the power of relationships and kindness. All it takes is one friendly smile or a simple “hi” to change someone’s day, know that they matter, and have purpose in this world.”

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  • Tails with Tales Canine Therapy

    Guided interaction with a trained canine and volunteer

    Tails with Tales dog logo

    teams work to bring personal growth and emotional healing

    Tails with Tales

    Tails with Tales (TWT) offers free visits by volunteer canine and handler teams

    How We've Grown

    Tails with Tales was founded in 2016.
    We now have 40 volunteer teams, serve three counties, and visit 23 schools, five libraries, and nine care facilities. Canines of all breeds complete an intensive 8-12 week course and have outstanding temperament, stable personalities, advanced obedience skills, and a strong love for people.

    We're Volunteer Driven

    We are a volunteer program involving people and their personal dogs.  After receiving proper training and certification, our teams are able to visit nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation units, day programs, special schools, and many other types of facilities.

    Why Canine Therapy

    It's been a terrible day. You come home after a long day and your dog wags his tail, licks your hand, and rolls over for a belly rub. Your mood brightens. Apply this positive interaction to schools, libraries, and care facilities for increased engagement and physical and psychological health. 

    The Canine Impact

    Medical research shows that interaction between a person and a pet can be physically and psychologically beneficial 

    Physical Indicators 

    Accelerated recovery rates from illness and surgery 
    Significantly higher heart attack survival rates 
    Lower blood pressure 
    Slower pulse rate

    Psychological Indicators

    Increased interaction and socialization 
    Increased sense of confidence and well-being 
    Decreased depression and anxiety 
    Relief from feelings of isolation

    Programs

    Patient smile as canine sits on her lap in the health center.

    "We have seen a transformation in our rehab. The dogs have helped individuals overcome depression and isolation, giving joy and excitement about doing therapy."
    - Mercy Hospital Jefferson Rehab Center

    • Teams visit individuals or residents, providing an opportunity to pet and socialize with a friendly, specially trained canine and handler. 
    • Canines may participate in therapy exercises with individuals and residents.
    • Tails with Tales Comfort Program is successful in decreasing health recovery time and advancing speech and language therapy. Canines provide an incentive for physical therapy, increase vocalized responses from children with autism, and incite positive changes and responses for care facility residents.

    Canine visits will always result in smiles, comfort, and canine interaction

    Once training and proper certification is achieved, teams will visit adults and children in various facilities where residents may be challenged with mental, physical and/or learning disabilities. Teams are carefully chosen based on the dog’s temperament, obedience skills, personality, and willingness to work with their handler in stressful and sometimes awkward situations. 

    Contact us today to receive free visits from a Tails with Tales team or to get involved with our program.

    Obedience Classes

    Basic Obedience

    Six weeks - $125

    Basic Obedience, based on the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Program, is for dogs age ten weeks and older. Week one teaches the importance of praise, motivation, and timing of correction. Basic manners, safety, collars, and leash walking are a focus during the six weeks. Week one class is two hours long; the remaining classes are one hour long. Walking, standing, and bending are required.

    This is a progressive class, building each week on what was accomplished the previous week. We introduce dogs to beginner agility equipment for fun, bonding, and confidence building. We perform the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test during week six. Upon passing the test, paperwork will be provided to submit for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen.

    The class teaches how to train your dog to:

    • Interact with a friendly, new acquaintance 
    • Walk on a loose lead or through a crowd
    • Sit, lay down, and stay on command
    • Come when called
    • Properly react to another dog or distractions
    • Positively respond to supervised separation or grooming

    Advanced Obedience

    Six weeks - $150

    Advanced Obedience is based on the AKC Community Canine Program. Dogs must earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen before advancing to this class. 

    Treats, a pinch collar, and a harness may not be used. A flat buckle, chain, or martingale are the only collars accepted. This class builds on previously mastered skills, and creates a stronger team by focusing on various distractions and scenarios. Some classes will be held in public.

    We challenge you and your dog in the following areas while using a very loose leash.

    • Food distractions
    • Recalls with distractions
    • Walking 20 feet away while your dog is in the sit, lay down, or stay position
    • Greetings with new acquaintances carrying objects
    • Waiting at doors
    • Turns, backing up, and walking behind
    • Waiting at your side for a counter transaction

    Thank you community partners

    Jones Animal Health Clinic
    Pawjama Party Kennels
    Sapaugh Motors

    Contact Us / Volunteer

    636-232-2338

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