Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center Inc.
12543 Tamiami Trail S
North Port FL 34287-1446

To improve our communities by teaching our clients those skills necessary to lead a healthier, happier, and more productive life.


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Thomas G Glaza M.A., M.Ed.
Board Chair Mr. Jody Feinroth
Board Chair Affiliation Dance Heads Florida
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2007
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2017
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
TCCC BrochureView
Youth ProgramView
Impact Statement

Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center has celebrated several accomplishments over the last four fiscal years. Our organization has moved into a long-term facility at 12543 Tamiami Trail, North Port, Florida with a 10-year lease. We have greatly reduced our rental costs, labor costs, banking costs, and added volunteers to our roster of talented staff members.

One of the greatest challenges facing Tri-County Counseling is identifying funding sources to provide services for the growing indigent population in south Sarasota County. We understand the seriousness of the issues this population faces and are committed to providing outreach and services to this group. In particular, we would like to offer a daytime Life Solutions for Today’s Youth summer program that would include social outings. We have applied for a number of grants but have not been successful at competing with the larger non-profit organizations in the area. In lieu of receiving funding to assist these individuals, we will continue to provide pro-bono counseling for this population.

Tri-County is very excited about the current health of our organization and we look forward to growing in 2016; our current goals for 2016 are as follows:

1) Continue to diversify our business plan and streamline our income and expenses.

2) Continue to engage our Board of Directors in assisting us with our long-term goals and strategies; as of October 2013 we gained three new Board members who are very excited to help Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center grow to its potential.

3) Apply for more grants and attract an increased number of donors.

4) Develop more partnerships with other non-profit organizations so we can continue to work as a team in the community.

Needs Statement
Ongoing funding is always needed for scholarships for our Veterans Program in collaboration with Veterans Village of Punta Gorda.  Amount:  $10,000 
Scholarships for indigent families to provide additional resources to our programs:  $10,000
IT and Equipment:
Desktop scanners for Emergency Medical Records in each office plus one additional for our main office - 4 @ $1000 = $4,000
IPADs for Electronic Medical Records electronic signatures - 4 @ $600 = $2,400
One projector for use during presentations and skills classes - 1@ $1,000 = $1,000 
Funding for a Grant Writer for 1 year = $25,000 - $40,000
Background Statement

Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center, Inc. (more commonly known as Tri-County Counseling) is the only non-profit, community-based treatment center founded and headquartered in North Port, Florida.  The Center provides outpatient mental health education and counseling, substance abuse education and counseling, career guidance, case management services, educational guidance, and a variety of life skills courses and workshops for people of all ages, in individual, group, family, and couples settings.

Our staff is comprised of licensed therapists, masters-level counselors and social workers, and certified substance abuse counselors.  Tri-County is an authorized training site for graduate students enrolled at Webster University, the University of South Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University.  Our highly qualified and motivated clinicians are extensively trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, and continue to hone their talents and obtain additional skills on an ongoing basis.  Particular emphasis is focused on conducting an in-depth assessment - including psychometric testing services, as needed - that identifies each client’s specific needs.  All client treatment plans are developed to meet tha client's partucular needs.

Tri-County Counseling’s main office is open Monday through Saturday, and offers daytime, evening and weekend appointments and services.
Our staff are capable of and prepared to develop topic-specific workshops and courses.  We developed a unique 5-hour orientation course for new clients seeking substance abuse treatment at our Center.  The course includes value clarification, mood management, effective interpersonal communications skills, goal-setting and other life skills.  We offer a one-day course of instruction that meets the State of Florida’s requirements for individuals who are court-ordered to complete a formal course in Theft Prevention, Substance Abuse Education, Anger Management, or Behavior Modification.  A recent outcome study identified that 85% of attendees did not commit another offense within the 24 months following completion of the course.

Since our inception in January of 2005, we have established working relationships with adult misdemeanor and felony probation officers as well as juvenile probation officers representing Sarasota, De Soto, Charlotte, Manatee and Lee Counties.  We are contracted to provide services for clients and their family members supervised by the Safe Children Coalition of Sarasota and Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, DUI schools run by the State College of Florida Traffic Safety Institute and Southwest Florida Safety Council, and HIV-positive persons under the auspices of Ryan White funding.  Tri-County Counseling is also certified to deliver services to individuals who are directed to complete requirements established by out-of-state DUI programs. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
North Port, Venice, Englewood, Osprey, Nokomis, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Tri-County Counseling is dedicated to serving the mental health treatment needs of Sarasota and Charlotte counties. There are many people struggling in our community for access to quality mental health treatment and services. We are here to fill that need, and we are striving to fill this need by empowering our staff and leadership to work with each client on an individual basis to extend the best possible care and treatment.

As Board Members, we are constantly striving to improve Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center. One of our greatest challenges is finding consistent funding and donations given our current economy. We hope that our growing online and social media presence will help create greater exposure and interest in our highly quality programs.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

I remember when I rented a single office room to provide counseling for individuals in 2005.  Now, we Tri-County Counseling has three offices and helps more people than I could have ever dreamed of.  I was able to serve our country in the Navy for 24 years and now I am able to serve the community of Southwest Florida as the CEO of Tri-County Counseling.

In 2004, I identified that there were no outpatient substance abuse or mental health services available within North Port's city limits.  In January of 2005, I founded Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center, Inc. to meet that need.  When it became evident that there was a large indigent population that could not access mental health or substance abuse counseling, we sought and attained non-profit status, in hopes of securing funding.

Since its inception, Tri-County has obtained contracts with two DUI schools, the Safe Children Coalition, Children's Network of Southwest Florida, Ryan White funding, and the Sarasota County Health Department to provide care to indigent patients treated at the North Port Health Center.  By offering to serve as a graduate student training site for several local universities, Tri-County Counseling is afforded the opportunity to closely observe prospective hires for a period of one year or more.  The three clinicians that we hired over the past three years were all former Interns.

All of Tri-County Counseling's staff members are passionate about helping others, and are involved in our community, to some degree.  All clinicians voluntarily provide free services when they identify that no funding is available for a particular client or family who is in dire need of immediate intervention.  Each one of our programs has been developed with the needs of area residents in mind, utilizing sound therapeutic framework. 

If you are ever in North Port, Osprey, or Port Charlotte, stop on by for a cup of coffee and a tour of our office.  We would be thrilled to introduce you to our staff.  As always, we appreciate all the support from the community!
This class consists of 10 weekly sessions lasting 2 hours.  Students learn skills in effective communication, time management, goal setting, career counseling, assertiveness, values, conflict resolution, critical thinking and substance abuse prevention.  Participants also have the opportunity to do community service projects as well as off-site learning opportunities.
Classes are currently being held at our North Port office and we plan to begin them in our Port Charlotte office.  Parents will also be encouraged to help the students with learning and implementing the skills presented in the classes.
Budget $3,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short Term Success

90% will demonstrate an understanding of skills learned & implemented in daily life.

80% will complete the course.

90% will remain drug free.

70% will have no further incidents at school.

60% will have no further incidents at home. 

Long Term Success

After completion of the course:

80% will incorporate skills learned into their daily

70% of students 16 years or older will have a job.

75% will remain drug free.

60% attend "post high school" education.

70% will not offend or re-offend.

Program Success Monitoring

Random drug screening, consultations with parents, probation officers or school counselors.

Self assessments

Class participation

Student self-report of situations and how they handled them.

Program Success Examples
We are currently compiling data.
The mission of this program is to reduce suicide attempts, incidents, and educate youth and their families about suicide and the warning signs. Classes last 10 weeks, but involve the whole family infrastructure as we provide family sessions to create suicide safety plans and to educate parents and youth.  Youth will be provided with one individual counseling session per month, more if needed.  The youth will be educated about self-harm, values, attitudes, behaviors, depression, suicide prevention, thoughts of suicide and what they mean, and goal setting.

Program Success Monitored By:

· Pre-test and post test results

· Beck Depression Inventory

· Class participation

· Student self-report of situations and how they handled them

· Suicide Assessments
The following budget is for 10 students to receive 10 group counseling sessions, two individual sessions, and two family sessions.  We provide a 25% pro-bono discount depending on their financial situation.
Budget $4,400
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Suicide Prevention
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

90% will demonstrate a clear understanding of skills learned and implemented in daily life.

90% will complete the course.

90% will have developed a safety plan for suicide prevention.

90% will pass the post-test.

Long Term Success

After completion of this course:

95% will incorporate skills learned from this program into their daily

95% of parents will be educated regarding what to do when their child has suicidal indicators.

90% of parents and youth will seek help if their youth is having problems.

90% of youth and parents will be educated regarding self-harm, understanding self-harm, why people self-harm, what to do when a friend or family member begins to self-harm, and what it means when youth self-harm.

90% of youth will know how to manage stress more efficiently and develop more effective coping mechanisms.

90% of youth will be heavily educated about depression and its tell-tale signs.

91% of youth and parents will be educated on the side effects of bullies and bullying.

92% of youth will develop three short-term goals for themselves.

94% of families involved in the program will develop safety plans.

Program Success Monitoring
Pre-test and post test results
Beck Depression Inventory

Class participation

Student self-report of situations and how they handled them

Suicide Assessments

Program Success Examples

Jill K. stated, “Before this program I was really sad and my parents were worried about me so they enrolled me in this program.  This program educated me about values, goals, feelings, attitudes, and was really fun at the same time. Dr. Glaza rocks!"

Bobby L. stated, “Dr. Glaza helped me more than I could believe.  Life is worth it.”

Rebecca Z. stated, “Dr. Glaza did a great job, I entered this class thinking my life couldn’t get worse, now I am in a suicide class, but he helped me with life skills and suicide prevention.  He is a cool guy that is very helpful.”


Many of us need a road map or "GPS" to guide us through unfamiliar territory.  Without these tools, we tend to veer off course, become lost and perhaps become so frustrated we abandon our quest.  Personal and professional goals guide us through our lives, ensuring that we remain on track.  We will help you create your personal road map.  Career counseling is critical today given the current work environment. We offer resume building, Myers Briggs type assessments, personality trait assessments, youth college preparation courses, and many other tools to help feel empowered about your career choice(s).  Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center has extensive experience offering career counseling.  Dr. Glaza's approach is research-driven and has proven results.  This program allocates for 20 students for the six week course. 

Budget $12,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success

95% will demonstrate a clear understanding of skills learned & implemented in daily life.

95% will complete the course.

90% will complete a personality trait assessment.
90% will enroll in a college preparation course or equivalent.
98% will complete a resume building class.

95% will learn how mental health issues affect relationships at work.

94% will create three to five short-term goals.

Long Term Success

After completion of the course:

96% will incorporate skills learned from this program into their daily

96% will find a better idea what they want to do with their career and a plan to achieve it.

99% will have an effective resume.

70% will go to college.

80% will attend secondary education including college, vo-tech, trade school, and/or others.

92% of youth develop three short-term goals for themselves.

Program Success Monitoring

Pre-test and post test results

Completion of resume

Class participation

Student self-report of situations and how they handled them

Program Success Examples

Samuel S. stated, “I know what I want to do.  The Myers Brigg and Dr. Glaza’s course really helped.”

Carlos S. stated, “I loved this course, he gave me all the right referrals to become an underwater welder.”

Christine A. stated, “I figured out what major I want to do in college.  I had completed my associates at SCF and I was unsure about my major and the ladies at SCF told me about Dr. Glaza’s course.”


This program is designated for veterans who are dealing with mental health issues.  Our staff is dedicated to veterans as our CEO is a 24-year retired military veteran.  Dr. Glaza has recognized a dire need for treatment for veterans dealing with transitions back to civilian life.

For this particular program, we provide support groups, individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, and life skills counseling.  We do not have a specific budget for this program because each veteran has different treatment objectives to complete and there is no set time frame.  Individual sessions cost $75 per session, groups are $30 per person, and support groups are free.  Couples counseling cost $75 per session.  It is assumed that military veterans may be experiencing some financial difficulties, so we work with all veterans, no matter their ability to pay.  Our workplace staff is comprised of 40% veterans, and we love to assist veterans in finding new opportunities to advance themselves and lead happier lives.
Budget $10,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Other Named Groups
Short Term Success

90% will demonstrate a clear understanding of skills learned & implemented in daily life.

92% will pass post test exam.

90% will complete homework.

80% will attend regularly.

Long Term Success

After completion of the course:

95% will incorporate skills learned from this program into their daily

95% of veterans will have more effective communication skills.

90% of veterans will have a better understanding of civilian life.

92% will have more effective coping mechanisms.

93% will have a better understanding of their values and attitudes.

92% will have a better understanding of their next path in their career.

90% will have less episodes related to their PTSD.

80% will continue to be involved in veterans support groups.

Program Success Monitoring

Pre-test and post test results

Martial Satisfaction surveys


Counseling participation


Student self-report of situations and how they handled them


Completion of assigned tasks


Program Success Examples

Bob L. stated, “I didn’t like the V.A. so I decided to try Dr. Glaza’s program.  I feel at home with other veterans, that know what I have been through and they have the training.  I always relate to people better when they have been in my shoes.  Dr. Glaza referred me to plenty of services that would satisfy my needs for cheap or no cost at all.  Great program.”

Shannon M. stated, “Great program.  Helped deal with my PTSD issues without traveling to Sarasota or BayPines.  I didn’t like driving in the car before all this now I can and I am beginning to enjoy life again.  Thanks TCC.”

Raphael C. stated, “It's good to have a program in North Port that provides services to the veterans.”

Danielle M. stated, “Good program. I learned a lot and the career counseling really helped.”


When a client is referred to us, we provide a thorough biopsychosocial substance abuse evaluation and a drug test and alcohol test.  After assessing the individual, we decide whether group or a blended approach is best fit for the client.  After assessment, we provide an individualized master treatment plan that satisfies every client differently.  Each month we randomly drug test and alcohol test clients and do treatment plan reviews.  Treatment plan reviews help give clients insight into their progress through treatment objectives and what new treatment objectives need to be added, if any.  Our non-disease model outpatient substance abuse counseling emphasizes personal responsibility, choices, needs and wants, goals, attitudes, behaviors, and does not allow the client to blame others for his or her choices.  We believe that addiction is not a disease, but rather a choice.

Budget $24,320
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers At-Risk Populations Other Named Groups
Short Term Success

90% will demonstrate a clear understanding of skills learned and implemented in daily life.

90% will complete the course.

90% will pass all drug testing and alcohol testing.

93% will understand choice theory.

91% will implement choice theory before then end of treatment.


91% will implement making positive choices based on their needs and wants. 

85% will pass the post test.

90% will complete all treatment objectives.

Long Term Success

After completion of the course:

93% will incorporate skills learned from this program into their daily

92% will take personal responsibility for their addiction and not place blame on others for their past choices.

70% will remain sober for the next two years.

50% will remain sober for the next five years.

94% will understand choice theory and implement their needs and wants in a healthy manner for the next two years.

90% will complete the course and pass the post test.

90% of youth will be heavily educated about depression and its tell tale signs.

91% will complete psycho-education courses on substance abuse.

92% will complete a one day psycho-education course on choice theory.

92% develop three short term goals for themselves.

Program Success Monitoring

· Pre-test and post test results

· Substance Abuse Inventory

· Class participation

· Student self-report of situations and how they handled them

· Drug and alcohol testing

· Completion of Treatment Objectives

Program Success Examples

Dan M. stated, “I was bad on pills and Charlie really helped me get off them and helped me set goals.  I don’t want to ever use again.”

Roberto M. stated, “Dr. Glaza really helped me understand my alcohol problem and how alcohol was just a symptom of my problem.  He did a great job of guiding me.”

Shantel B. stated, “Edith really was good to me, I would recommend this program to anyone that has a drug problem!”

Program Comments by Organization
The toughest challenge facing our Center is identifying funding sources for a growing indigent population in south Sarasota County.  In particular, we would like to offer a daytime Life Solutions for Today's Youth sumer program that would include social outings.  We have applied for a number of grants, but have not been successful competing with much larger non-profits, even though none of them provide services in North Port.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Thomas G Glaza M.A., M.Ed.
CEO Term Start Jan 2005
CEO/Executive Director Email

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Director, and Psychotherapist. Responsible for: daily operations of the Center; developing and monitoring the Center’s policies and procedures; one registered mental health counselor interns.  Retired Chief Petty Officer United States Navy: drug and alcohol program advisor; equal opportunity program specialist; and cross-cultural relations specialist.  Dr. Glaza received a Navy Achievement Medal for developing (and managing for three years) the Navy’s first ship-board counseling program; onboard the USS FORRESTAL, an aircraft carrier with a crew of 5,000 officers and men.  He graduated in 2013 with his doctorate in Counselor Education.

1996 - M. Ed, Counseling Psychology, University of Sarasota

1993 - M. A., Sociology, University of South Florida

1991 - B. A., Human Development (honors), Eckerd College

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mr. Charlton Cerbone Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Edith Glaza Chief Financial Advisor
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Veterans Village of Punta Gorda 

North Port Drug Free Youth Program

North Port Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention

Safe Children Coalition

Community Health Action Team

North Port High School

City of North Port

Manatee Glenns

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

Since 2012, Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center has worked diligently to improve both our day-to-day operations and the overall financial health of our organization. We've succeeded by leaps and bounds, greatly reducing our overall debt and making fundraising and Board development two of our top priorities. 2016 has been a great year for us; we have a strong and committed Board of Directors, we are consistently seeking new partnerships and funding, and our commitment to client-centered care remains strong. We are excited to continue to serve Sarasota (and surrounding) counties.

Charlton Cerbone, Chief Operating Officer

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Record Disposition
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jody Feinroth
Company Affiliation Dance Heads Florida
Board Term Nov 2013 to Nov 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Maureen Cerbone Charlotte County Schools
Ms. Rhonda Defranco Commissioner and Mayor: City of North Port
Mr. Jody Feinroth Dance Heads Florida
Ms. Laurie File Drug Free Youth
Ms. Gisele Luke Patriot Storage
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 75
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
Our organization is always actively working to attract new board members.  We gained 3 new Board Members in 2014 and are excited to move forward with this new leadership and their experience and perspective.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $660,100.00
Projected Expenses $420,169.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$248,988$192,817$251,774
Administration Expense$17,547$62,982$71,099
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.070.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%75%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$32,760$24,696
Current Assets$0$18,071$10,318
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$12,455
Current Liabilities$0$95,605$92,644
Total Net Assets$0($62,845)($80,403)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountClient Fees $274,027Client Fees $259,722Client Fees $310,224
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $8,673Fiscal Agent Fees $10,156Contributions, gifts, grants $2,493
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $3,485Fiscal Agent Fees $2,344
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--0.190.11
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%50%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from 990. Federal 990 reconciles with audited financial statements.  Financial information for 2015 taken solely from profit and loss detail as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.  No 2015 balance sheet information available.
Nonprofit Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center Inc.
Address 12543 Tamiami Trail S
North Port, FL 34229 1446
Phone 941 876-3060