Amani Center (St. Helens, OR)

Name

  • Name:Cassy Miller
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Amani Center
  • Address:P.O. Box 1001
    St. Helens, OR 97051
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:503-366-4005
  • Main fax:503-366-0314

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Columbia County Child Abuse Assessment Center (Amani Center) strives to minimize trauma to child abuse victims through professional medical diagnosis and treatment in a secure and child-friendly environment with the goal of preventing child abuse in all forms.

  • Overview:
  • The Amani Center is requesting a grant from the Arbonne Charitable Foundation in the amount of $5,000 to partially fund a 0.75 FTE Medical Examiner positions in order to accommodate the increase in service need. The purpose of this project is to ensure that alleged child abuse victims in Columbia County are provided with quality medical and forensic assessment/treatment services in a timely manner while in a secure and child-friendly environment. The number of requests for assessment/treatment services has continued to increase each year since the opening of the center in 2003. Increasing the capacity of our Assessment Program is a vital step in the strategic development of our agency. It will enable us to assist up to 75 additional children each year with a timely, specialized and comprehensive child abuse medical and forensic assessment in a child-friendly environment.

    The demand for our services is staggering, child abuse is now at epidemic levels. Studies show that every 36 seconds one child in the United States is neglected/abused—and that one in every four girls and one in every six boys will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 years of age. Applying these rates to Columbia County’s child/adolescent population means that on a rotating scale, over 3,000 potential victims and 5,000 potential non-offending caregivers will need our help at some point. At least one-third of them are expected to seek us out.

    Since our incorporation in 2000, we have provided Child Abuse Forensic Assessments to over 967 children/adolescents. The Forensic Assessment is conducted by a team, which includes a highly trained Child Forensic Interviewer, a Board Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner or Medical Doctor, and a Family Support Specialist. The process includes a digitally recorded interview using Oregon Interviewing Guidelines, a full medical examination using Oregon Medical Guidelines, a determination of abuse, the identification of appropriate treatment, the creation of a safety plan and a referral(s) for follow-up care.

    In 2013, the Amani Center provided 92 such assessments, a significant decrease from 2012 in which 126 children received assessment services. The Amani Center was forced to decline services to a significant number of other abused children who also needed our help, as we didn’t have clinic appointment slots to provide our specialized services. Most of the unserved children went untreated because our Child Abuse Assessment Program was too small to provide the level of services needed. As a result, their abuse may have continued.

    Childhood abuse, maltreatment, and stress have strong correlation with adolescent depression and suicidality rates. According to the article Childhood Abuse and Neglect: Specificity of Effects on Adolescent and Young Adult Depression and Suicidality, adolescents with a history of abuse/maltreatment are three times more likely to become depressed and/or have suicidal ideations then adolescents that do not have history of abuse or maltreatment.

    The Amani Center’s Assessment Team is aware of the correlation between child abuse/maltreatment and the mental health risk that childhood abuse victims face. For each child that receives services from the Amani Center, the Assessment Team works together to develop appropriate support services and referrals with the goal to successfully decrease the risk of adolescent depression and suicidal ideations.

  • History:
  • In the late 1990s, child abuse assessment and treatment services were still not available in Columbia County. Victims had to be transported to Cares Northwest in Portland for services. The number of assessment slots was extremely limited (under 20). Private transportation to make this long trip was not always available, so either local law enforcement or DHS personnel were forced to provide transport. This system was slow and costly; many victims went unserved.

    In 2000, a consortium of public and private agencies took action to solve the problem of lack of local child abuse assessment & treatment services. They created The Amani Center. The Center’s mission was to “minimize trauma to child abuse victims through professional medical diagnosis and treatment in a secure and child-friendly environment with the goal of preventing child abuse in all forms.”

    Today our center serves children from birth to 18 years of age who live in Columbia County, Oregon and are suspected of having been abused. Approximately 70 percent of the children we serve are from low income families.

    We provide these children with comprehensive, culturally competent, multi-disciplinary forensic assessments and, when appropriate, testify in court on their behalf. We provide children and non-offending family members with crisis counseling and support services. We are the only agency providing services of this type in Columbia County.

    During the past several years, the Amani Center has had a steep and successful growth. We have developed a small, well trained staff and an effective four-member board. Over sixty highly committed volunteers help us in some way during the year (fundraising, family support services, writing newsletters, office work, etc.).

  • Year established:2000
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:93-1295272

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:931295272
  • Organization Name:COLUMBIA COUNTY CHILD ABUSE ASSESSMENT CENTER
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:AMANI CENTER
  • Care Of Name:% CASSY MILLER
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 1001
  • Organization City:STHELENS
  • Organization State:OR
  • Organization Zip:97051-8001
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 2000
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:I72
  • Asset Amount:$150,164
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$427,047
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$409,077
  • Last Updated:2/17/2018 5:27:03 pm

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