Are you interested in helping to Support the Pro Bono Counseling Program?
What is the Pro Bono Counseling Program?
The Pro Bono Counseling Program is a service that links licensed mental health professionals with those who need but cannot afford mental health care. Mental health professionals provide counseling services at no charge. Licensed professionals include social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, graduate students, etc. Pro Bono volunteers provide mental health services including individual, group, marital/partner and family counseling.
The Pro Bono Counseling Program is a program of Mental Health America of Franklin County. We are a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1956. The program opened its doors on February 22, 2011.
Why Pro Bono Counseling?
We are living in challenging times. The current economic downturn combined with other personal struggles is causing many people in our community higher-than-normal amounts of stress, fear and anxiety about the future. In Franklin County alone, the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey indicated that 150,000 people were uninsured (up from 130,000 in 2004). As a result, many individuals and families with mental health needs delay or forego treatment due to their inability to afford the cost of services.
Currently, the following partners are supporting the work of the Program:
- ADAMH Board of Franklin County
- AEP Foundation
- Cardinal Health Foundation
- CareSource Foundation
- Central Ohio Primary Care Foundation
- The Columbus Foundation
- Columbus Jewish Foundation
- Columbus Medical Association Foundation
- The Harry C. Moores Foundation
- Pfizer, Inc.
- The Reinberger Foundation
If you are interested in learning more about the Pro Bono Counseling Program, and how your donation can make a difference in the lives of thousands of people with mental health issues, please contact:
Kenton Beachy, Executive Director
Current Partners Include:
- Asbury South United Methodist Church
- Central College Christian Counseling
- Central Community House
- Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
- Central Ohio Hospital Council
- Central Ohio Psychological Association
- Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center
- Columbus Federation of Settlements
- Columbus Physicians Free Clinic
- Columbus Police Dept.
- Columbus Public Health
- Concord Counseling Services
- Crossroads United Methodist Church
- Easton United Methodist Church
- Franklin Co. ADAMH Board
- Gladden Community House
- HandsOn Central Ohio
- Jewish Family Services
- Livingston Avenue United Methodist Church
- Marriage and Family Therapists Association
- Maple Grove United Methodist Church
- Maynard Ave. United Methodist Church
- Medical Reserve Corps
- Mental Health America of Franklin County
- Mental Health America of Ohio
- Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence
- NAMI Franklin Co.
- NAMI Ohio
- Netcare Corp.
- New Directions Career Center
- New Horizons Youth & Family Center
- Northwest United Methodist Church
- Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
- Ohio Assn. of County Behavioral Health Authorities
- Ohio Assn. of Free Clinics
- Ohio Council of Behavioral Healthcare and Family Services Providers
- Ohio Counseling Assn.
- Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board
- Ohio Dept. of Mental Health
- Ohio Hospital Association
- Ohio Nurses Association
- Ohio Psychological Association
- Ohio School Psychologists Association
- OSU College of Social Work
- Psychiatric Society of Central Ohio
- St. Stephen’s Community House
- The P.E.E.R. Center
- United Way of Central Ohio
- Voluntary Care Network/Physicians Free Clinic