Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance abuse (COPS)
3800 Agnes
Suite 2
Kansas City MO 64128-2539
Completed program and became manager of House Israel
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 923-9212
Fax 816- 921-0022
Mission Statement
Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance abuse (COPS) mission is to promote healing in the community by embracing, supporting and empowering the people and their families who suffer from addictions and related problems, through basic life skills education and training.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Angela C Wesson RADC, MDiv
Board Chair Mrs Rainy Cadenhead
Board Chair Company Affiliation DST
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Monetary Donations can be made by mailing a check, (3534 Wabash Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109-2535). Make check payable to COPS, Inc. Physical donations,such as, toiletries, undergarments, coats, gloves, socks, etc can be dropped off at 3800 Agnes between 9 am and 4 pm. 
To volunteer please contact the office at 816/923-9212, between 9-4 pm.  
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance abuse (COPS) mission is to promote healing in the community by embracing, supporting and empowering the people and their families who suffer from addictions and related problems, through basic life skills education and training.
Background Statement
COPS began in 2002 as a faith based organization through a pilot program with ComBAT the antidrug tax for Jackson County, Missouri. After the pilot program was over COPS continued because of the need in the community. COPS continued as faith based but became a certified outpatient treatment program, by the state of Missouri, and training site for certified counselors. In 2013 COPS opened a men’s transitional house because the men in the program were not successful in their recovery due to going back to their environment. The ratio for success has greatly increased because of this house. Because of the success of House Gibbor in 2014 another men’s transitional house was opened. The 6 month follow up for COPS is: Employment up 7.7 %, criminal justice up 5.0%, Social Consequences up 7.5%, Abstinence from drugs up 100% and become socially connected increased to 97%. In March of 2014 another transitional house (House Israel) was opened. This house will accommodate five men. These men have shown themselves to be focused and have advanced to the second level of the program.
In June of 2017 COPS opened its 3rd house for men needing recovery support.
Impact Statement
 COPS became a member of Missouri State Faith Based Coalition in 2015. The purpose of this coalition is to unify faith base programs in the state of Missouri to be recognized by the federal government so that funds for faith based can become a line item in the budget. This means that there will be an appropriation of funding yearly allowing faith based to become a secured entity of substance abuse treatment and recovery support to assist individuals and their families involved in alcohol and other drugs.
  1. COPS is recognized by the state of Missouri as an supervisory internship program that trains individuals to become certified counselors. The interns do not pay for the service but exchange supervising them for four to six months of service to the COPS program as a certified counselor through an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 
  2. Peer Workers are becoming a important part of the treatment process and COPS had two employees become certified peer workers in 2015 in anticipation of becoming a line item for Medicaid billing. The Kansas City faith based coalition (KC-SATRSC) in conjunction with the Missouri coalition is working to establish peer workers as part of Medicaid funding. This will become another source of funding. 
  3. COPS is now offering Christian Counseling to the list of services. This service is for Christians who do not want the 12 steps program. This addition will strengthen them spiritually which benefits them in their recovery for alcohol and other drugs. This counselor has a Masters of Divinity with a Christian Education emphasis. This person is also the chaplain of the Kansas City coalition.
  • COPS is in the process of purchasing House Israel, one of the transitional houses of the program. This will allow the program to own property.
  • COPS will be seeking to purchase a vehicle to transport individuals to functions, medical appointment and other necessary events as a part of their treatment and housing. 
  • Hired a part time office manager in September 2016, who maintains medical records and prepare for certification of the program. In January 2017 the office manager became the billing and medical records with the title of COO. 
  • COPS hired a part time clerk May 2017 to answer phones, prepare filing, contact clients, prepare hygiene packs for homeless men living in the transitional houses. 
  • COPS hired an assistant office manager 
  • COPS hired a part time certified counselor to replace the counseling duties of the office manager who is a certified counselor
  • In 2018 COPS was awarded a 113,000.00 grant for substance use disorder treatment and transitional housing.
  • In 2018 COPS will hire a Licensed Professional Counselor to complete and diagnose individual coming into program. 
  • In 2018  COPS hired a full time grant writer and Policy and Procedures person to locate resources.
Needs Statement
  1. The program needs to have at least three sources of funding. The formula is 33, 33, and 33. Thirty-three percent of funding need to be from grants, thirty-three percent needs to be from foundations and thirty-three percent of funding source need to be from donations and rent. With this formula if one source decreases then the other two sources are able to keep the program stable until another source can be established. 
  2. Computers are still the greatest need. They need to be more up-to-date and a Technical Assistant for computer service. Computers are donated but they are usually older (programs) and staff has trouble receiving outside agency information. The staff is not trained for computer repairs, programming or updates.
  3. The program needs to have a full time office manager and one salaried certified substance abuse counselor. 
  4. The support staff comes from outside agencies and the outside agency can and will pull the person in the middle of a project or job at this site. This hurts the program because the director has to take on the responsibility as well as other jobs being done. Frequently the cutoff date is missed because of the void left by the pulled worker.
  5. The program is always in need of office supplies such as medical record files and dividers, copy paper, ink for copiers and ink pens for group.
Service Categories
Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Adult Education
Housing Support
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Cass County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Clay County
Geographic Area Served Narrative COPS is able to serve the counties listed because of the transitional housing aspect of the program. The individuals receive outpatient treatment and supported recovery while living in a safe environment. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I was appointed to this position by the late pastor of the church. The program began as faith based and the challenges that happened were because the area treatment centers did not want to recognize spirituality as a major part of recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Faith based was invited to the table as recovery support but not as a crucial and intricate part of the individual’s recovery process. It took the first 3-5 years to be taken seriously by substance abuse treatment. The challenge is to become a line item in the federal government's budget. This will allow the funding to be appropriated yearly without having to proposition for it on an ongoing basis. Treatment funding is ongoing and recovery support as well as peer support are important entities to the individual engaged in substance abuse treatment. Peer workers have a lived experience and can share their story of hope and overcoming to be a living testimony to those still struggling to overcome their addiction/dependence to alcohol and other drugs. 
The success is that because of the diligence of faith based/recovery support a government grant was awarded. The awardees became a coalition (Kansas City- Substance Abuse Treatment Recovery Support Coalition (KC-SATRSC) that is recognized by SAMHSA the largest substance abuse and recovery entity in the United States. The coalition is now used as a model of what other coalitions should strive for. The coalition consist of police department, probation and parole, area treatment centers, drug court, faith based, city council members, job placement entities and like organizations.
In the beginning the workers in the program were not certified nor had their degree. Within the past seven years the workers have become certified recovery support workers and certified counselors. The entire program has become certified by the state of Missouri to be outpatient treatment.
  • COPS is certified Outpatient Treatment with a spiritual foundation. COPS is an eight month treatment program with three level of advancement to completion.
  • The first level is five weeks of attendance at three days a week. During this time the individual is given assignments and a weekly face to face session with a certified counselor. The groups are one hour each. Upon completing their assignments and duration of level I they advance to Level II.
  • Level II is five weeks coming one day a week. They are given assignments that began to solidify the assignments from Level I. After completing all assignment and the duration of Level II they advance to Level III.
  • Level III is once a month and during this phase of recovery they are to apply the information and the system they developed with the security of the program.
  • If a relapse occurs they are encouraged to attend more groups for a period of time to be determined by the staff and individual.
  • COPS has three men's transitional houses. The last house was opened July 2017. Two of the houses allow for six men  and is a structured environment. The other house is least restrictive environment and can house four men. The men are expected to seek employment or job training. Some chose to attend school for higher education or to obtain their Hi Step (GED) certificate. Employment is the beginning of a better, more productive life. 
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Assessment for Substance Abuse
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success COPS looks past the addiction and dependence to the spirit and mind of the person. As we change their thinking it will change their behavior which will change their life and the lives of their families. Social connectedness is restoring the person back into their family and their community as a positive member.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal is for the individual to become a productive member of their community. They will secure employment, housing, education and reengage with their children and families and have the ability to use their tools, which have been developed during treatment, to sustain from alcohol and other drugs.
Program Success Monitored By
  • The program is successful because the Department of Mental Health rates each organization receiving funding. COPS rating is 97% for social connectedness, not reentering jail was 82%.  
  • The program is also successful because the lives of the people involved are being changed. The program serves mostly men who have been incarcerated, and are now on parole or probation. They come with the prison or street mentality. A lot of the behaviors are generational. The father was incarcerated because his father was. COPS focus is to allow the person to see that he can have a better life for him, his children and family.
  • Over half of COPS staff is in recovery with an average recovery time of 41 years. 
  • It is understood that relapse is a part of recovery so extreme support is given to a person who relapses to assist him in keeping the focus on recovery not the relapse. This has proven to be a tool that strengthens the individual to not give up.
Examples of Program Success
This director received a call from a probation officer (PO) about the drastic positive change in one of her clients. He has always been resentful and stays just within the guidelines, leading toward insolence and insubordination. She stated that he was argumentative. He has strong resentment towards those in authority.
She said that he came to his appointment with her and discussed the change this program has made in his life. He discussed receiving information on employment. He apologized to his Probation Officer for his past behavior.
House Gibbor, House Exodus and House Israel Transitional Housing is housing that supports men recently released from prison, homeless and living in unsafe environments to have an opportunity to have safe housing, structure and community resources. This allows them to develop to their full potential and become a positive member of their community.
House Exodus was opened in July of 2017. 
Program Budget $85,450.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is used to develop a change in the individual. While doing the assessment for each individual they discussed their concerns and weaknesses. Each concern is worked on together or separately through a recovery plan. Some come in hostile because they have been mandated by the judicial system. Within weeks there is less or no hostility. They acknowledge that their behavior caused them to be mandated. The staff (peer support workers) shares their story of prison, homelessness, loss of family connection and other issues that arise from drug use, mental health issues and/or incarceration. This knowledge about the success of the support worker changes the client’s behavior and gives them a purpose and goal.
The short term goal is for them to realize their shortcomings and develop in a positive way community ties. They work together with weekly chores and cooking schedule. When they become a part of the workforce and other entities being in compliance is a necessary trait to be successful in a community.
Long-Term Success
The long term goal is for the person to secure permanent employment, housing, medical insurance and develop positive life skills. They need to maintain a spiritual connection to a higher power and the ability to lead and teach their family.
COPS sees 144 people a year and has assisted 78 to become successful by becoming employed or receive higher education,  re-engaged with family and have given back to their community. 
Program Success Monitored By
  • The men come to the transitional house to get assistance with  employment, housing and receive community resources. These resources are, but not limited to, GED locations, job training programs, family support programs, free medical and dental coverage, recovery support meetings and legal institutions. They are in need of many things, such as, GED, medical or dental attention, legal help. All these needs are addressed.
  • The men living in the houses have to attend mandatory outpatient treatment and are given assignments to complete.
  • The program measures success by the men by successfully developed a change in their cognitive thinking, secured housing and employment. The overall program is gaged by the treatment outcomes model, Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). This tool is used to measure employment, housing, criminal justice, social consequences, abstinence and social connectedness.
Examples of Program Success Paul (not his real name but real event) came into the program September 2016. His last use was January 2016. His drug of choice is methamphetamine and marijuana is his secondary choice. He followed the guidelines of the program by completing each level at the appropriate time. The levels are five weeks level one, five weeks level two and six months level three. He completed the 8 month outpatient program. He found employment within his first five weeks. When his funding ran out he was able to move to the house that is least restrictive and began to pay his own rent. In June of 2017 he secured his own apartment where he still resides. He also became a self employed computer technician. He has become an established member of the community.  He has been reengaged with his family and they are proud of his accomplishments. He was the assistant house manager of House Israel and would assist at House Gibbor when needed. This is the hope that COPS has for all the men who reside at the transitional houses. 
CEO Comments The challenges that the program faces if the limited funding to assist the individuals in the program. For housing the men can reside for 30 to 45 days. The men coming from prison need to have a longer tenancy because of their felony convictions. Employers do not readily hire ex-felons therefore it takes more than the allotted time funding is given. In 2017 COPS received a grant that help supplement some of the men to stay longer. The opportunity to continue at the house depends on their motivation to succeed, attitude within the house, stability and how they lived as a positive member of their housing community while residing there. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Angela C Wesson RADC, MDiv
Term Start July 2002
Angela Wesson is the director of COPS, a certified outpatient treatment program and two transitional men’s house since July 2002.
She received her Masters of Divinity - Christian Education emphasis from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Park University. She is a Registered Substance Abuse Professional (RSAP) and MO Recovery Support Specialist-Peer (MRSS-P) through the Missouri Credentialing Board (MCB). She is Chaplain for the Kansas City- Substance Abuse Treatment Recovery Support Coalition (KC-SATRSC). She is a Missouri Recovery Support Specialist - Peer. In July of 2016 she became an International Peer Worker. A peer worker has a lived experience in substance abuse. What that means is that she has been free from alcohol and other drugs for over 23 years. This history gives her the compassion and the insight to assist individuals to reach their full potential by sharing her story of recovery and testimony that people to recover from alcohol and other drugs and can lead a productive life in the community. Se has assisted numerous individual to become clean and sober, secure employment and become reengaged with their family.  
The field of recovery has been a passion of hers for many years. Seeing individuals and their families beginning life again in a productive way is her motivation. Assisting them in strengthening their spiritual walk is her gratification. She understands the compassion necessary to work in this environment. Her favorite saying in this field is “What you have done to the least of these you have done to me.” (Matt 25:40)
Senior Staff
Title Missouri Associate Alcohol & Drug Counselor II (MAADC II)
Experience/Biography Michaela has been a professional counselor for COPS since 2016. She has been with the program since 2007. She has a BA in Psychology and a MBA. She had assisted in developing the outpatient treatment program. She is the 2nd in command within the program and is the quality assurance technician for the medical records department. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 3
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 100
Caucasian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
COPS collaborates with area prisons, such as, Western Missouri Correctional Center, Heartland Behavioral for reentry, Tipton Correctional, Camden Correctional the four districts of probation and parole, area inpatient treatment center, County and City Drug Courts, other area transitional housing sites, MO Dept of Mental Health, MO Credentialing Board, Truman Medical Detox, Heartland Detox 
Catholic Charities USA2009
Dress for Success Worldwide, New York2010
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency - Affiliate2005
Special Olympics, Inc.2015
Women's Missionary Union2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Rainy Cadenhead
Company Affiliation DST
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2018
Board Members
Mrs Rainey CadenheadDST Systems
Mrs Sandra Champion-JonesInternal Revenue Service
Mr Derrick DavisCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Vershon HaywoodPalestine Missionary Baptist Church
Mr Roma SmithRetired
Ms. Angela WessonCOPS
Ms. Phyllis WhitesideParker Arts and Frames
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 14%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
CEO Comments The challenges the are faced with the board members is attendance and participation. Seventy-one percent of the board members are active and ready for the challenges of growing the program. Twenty-nine percent are supportive of the program but lack opportunity to attend and function. This absence is not due to desire but family and employment. There were new board members added this year to grow the board to seven members so that when members cannot attend there is still a quorum to make a vote and move forward in decision the making process.  
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $182,000
Projected Expenses $169,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$108,919$81,034$65,890
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.081.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,934$10,170$10,264
Current Assets$2,934$10,170$10,264
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$2,934$10,170$10,264
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose This campaign (CFC) is how federal employees donate to 501c3, non - profit, organizations. They also can volunteer to work at the 51c3 organizations.
Dates Jan 2017 to Jan 2017
Amount Raised to Date $1,325.00 as of Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance abuse (COPS)
Address 3800 Agnes
Suite 2
Kansas City, MO 641282539
Primary Phone (816) 923-9212
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Angela C Wesson RADC, MDiv
Board Chair Mrs Rainy Cadenhead
Board Chair Company Affiliation DST
Year of Incorporation 2009