Area Substance Abuse Council, Inc (2023)

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akaASAC |Cedar Rapids, IA|


To provide accessible, comprehensive behavioral health services delivered with dignity, respect and professionalism to reduce the impact of substance use and gambling disorders.

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Executive Director

Stephanie Bosenberg

Main address

3601 16th Ave SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 USA

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Fundraising Contact

Chelsea Herber

Resource Development Manager

Fundraising contact phone: (319) 390-4611 Ext 140


Physical Address

3601 16th Ave SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Payment Address

3601 16th Ave SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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Legal name of organization: Area Substance Abuse Council, Inc.



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Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success,and who do the programs serve?

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

ASACproactively changes and strengthens attitudes, actions and trends that will reduce substance abuse through education and empowering individuals and communities.

Population(s) Served

Children and youth


Substance Use Disorder and Gambling Disorder Treatment Services

We utilize a whole person approach to substance use disorder treatment by taking into consideration a person's entire life circumstances and encourage the involvment of family and significant others during a client's treatment and recovery. Our levels of treatment services include evaluation and assessment, extended outpatient, intensive outpatient, day treatment, residential treament, and continuing care.

Population(s) Served



Substance Use Disorder Recovery Services

Recovery Support Services are offered to maximize a person's potential in their long term recovery goals. These services include transitional housing, wraparound care such as educational assistance, childcare, housing, and employment assistance. ASAC operates four transitional housing programs - Recovery Center, Heart of Iowa, King House, and Hightower Place.

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Where we work


CARF Certification2021

Affiliations & memberships

CARF Certification2021

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    Coalition Building

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    How we listen

    SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

    Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

    doneWe shared information about our current feedback practices.

    • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

      Individuals with health conditions including mental health, substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders. Youth, adults, medical professionals, community stakeholders with education and addressing community needs and capacity to address those health related needs.

    • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

      Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

    • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

      To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

    • What significant change resulted from feedback?

      The organization increased mental health services for families. The organization increased care navigation support to address social determinants of health.

    • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

      Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

    • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

      It has affected the resources invested in programs, decisions about treatment models, food service and housing standards and provided insights on success factors.

    • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

      We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

    • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

      It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


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    Board of directors
    as of06/30/2022

    SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

    Board chair


    Ben Rogers

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    Term: 2021 - 2023

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    Board leadership practices

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    • Board orientation and education
      Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?Yes
    • CEO oversight
      Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
    • Ethics and transparency
      Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?Yes
    • Board composition
      Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?Yes
    • Board performance
      Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?Yes

    Organizational demographics

    SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/30/2022

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    Equity strategies

    Last updated: 05/18/2022

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    • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
    • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
    • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.

    Policies and processes

    • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
    • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.

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