Better Business Bureau Report for
Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.
Address: 840 Gessner, Suite 1300
  Houston, TX 77024
Phone: 281-589-4602
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1979, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To be the most effective prevention and recovery program helping young people and families avoid or recover from the devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) has operated in Houston for over 40 years, providing free drug and alcohol prevention, education and recovery services to young people ages 12-25 and their parents. At PDAP’s six satellite locations, young people struggling to recover from substance abuse receive, free of charge, 12-step based support meetings, individual and family counseling, social and recreational activities and recovery support focused on developing life skills and coping skills. Parents are offered the support necessary to play a positive role in the recovery of their child. In 2012, PDAP attendance increased 11% over 2011. A note of interest is the increase of "newcomers," those clients attending the program for the first time. 2012 data indicate a 16.5% increase in newcomers over 2011. PDAP is pleased to report that in 2012, the sobriety rate was 76.5%, an increase of 4.5% over 2011. In 2012 PDAP provided 15,160 units of service.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Total: 561,191
Total Program Expenses: $561,191
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Chief Executive : Danielle Lutz, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Adrian Goodisman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director & Co. Head- U.S. Scotiabank

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 18

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $938,870, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Palmer Drug Abuse Program-Houston, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 607,233
Special Events, net 331,637
Program Activities Income 18,071
Interest and Investment Income 613
Total Income $957,554


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 17% 

Total income $957,554
Program expenses $561,191
Fund raising expenses 59,748
Administrative expenses 124,790
Total expenses $745,729
Income in Excess of Expenses 211,825
Beginning net assets 348,434
Ending net assets 560,259
Total liabilities
Total assets $560,259

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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