The PACT Program - Partnerships for Accessible Counseling and Training - a video introduction
The Center partners with churches, physicians’ offices, schools, health care systems, and other professional organizations to expand the reach and availability of professional counseling and testing services.
Families living in poverty face barriers to receiving mental health care. Language, geography, transportation, lack of financial resources, and social stigma prevent them from receiving transformational care. Living in a low socioeconomic status household has been linked to increased risk for mental health problems and trauma in children. Despite their high need for mental health services, children living in poverty are least likely to have access to mental health care. Not addressing trauma in youth leads to poor health, development of risk-taking behaviors, and mental illness. Making counseling accessible to youth of color in poverty is transformational to their futures.
Through our Partnerships for Accessible Counseling and Training Program (PACT), we make professional counseling and psychological assessments financially and geographically available to those with inadequate access to these life-changing services. We work alongside our PACT Partners, other non-profits meeting a wide variety of needs, to help those they serve overcome mental health challenges that keep them from reaching their potential. Funding sought for the PACT Program supports these partnerships allows for Center therapists to be co-located within the organizations already trusted by those coming for services.