Stories of Life Change
We all face changes and challenges in life. Those facing poverty face higher rates of depression and trauma, yet they do not have adequate access to mental health care. Obstacles such as language and lack of insurance keep them from getting the help they need.
PCC makes counseling accessible through collaborations with other organizations serving vulnerable families and through our Client Assistance Program that allows the uninsured and under-insured the opportunity to obtain counseling at a discounted rate using the Adjusted Fee Scale. The stories of life change in the video below illustrate the change the can happen when counseling is made accessible. PCC clinicians have served these courageous moms at Buckner's Wynnewood Family Hope Center and at Brother Bill's Helping Hand in West Dallas.
Inadequate access to mental health care is a crucial social issue, particularly for Latinos and African-Americans in poverty. Research indicates that those in poverty experience heightened levels of trauma and depression; yet care and treatment are not accessible in their communities. Language, stigma, inadequate or lack of insurance, and geography create barriers to vulnerable families obtaining psychological services. Untreated mental illness creates a burden on the health care system and law enforcement.
PCC provides a game-changing and life-changing solution to the gap between need and care. PCC leverages its impact on communities by collaborating and co-locating with other organizations already meeting physical, financial, and educational needs. Community members are more likely to follow through with counseling and psychological services when the services are conveniently located where they already receive other services and where they have developed trust. PCC’s model breaks down barriers to receiving behavioral health interventions by being culturally sensitive, providing services in the language of community members, and collaborating with known churches, schools, and agencies in the community.
PCC makes counseling and assessments accessible to all through partnerships in the community.
Collective Impact Collaborations with Clinics and Community Centers - we co-locate at clinics and community centers increasing the chances that those without adequate access to mental health care will follow through with referrals for counseling from physicians and staff - the core partnerships include North Dallas Shared Ministries, Brother Bill's Helping Hand, the Healing Hands Ministries clinic, and Buckner among others.
Health Care System Partnerships - we receive referrals from Baylor Scott and White, are becoming the referral source for a large network of family physicians, and will be building relationships with other large health care provider networks in order to bridge the gap between medical care and mental health care.
Mental Health Programs in Schools - we are beginning social and emotional learning programming in Highland Park ISD's intermediate school this semester - we are also doing similar mental health programming in a Dallas ISD school and will have a clinician fluent in American Sign Language working with students who are D(d)eaf or hard of hearing in the Mesquite ISD.
Mental Health Advocacy in Churches - we have strengthened partnerships with churches to raise awareness about mental health issues, provide education, and serve as a referral source - these churches include Park Cities Baptist Church, Highland Park Presbyterian, First United Methodist Church Dallas, and First UMC Richardson among numerous other churches.
You can be a part of the life change happening by donating to PCC. With your help, more vulnerable families will experience life-changing support, services, and empowerment.