Center for Trauma Counseling Introduces New Mobile Hope Clinic
Helya Ortiz has always had a passion to help those who need it most.
That’s why nearly ten years ago, the Licensed Mental Therapist founded the nonprofit Trauma Counseling Center to provide affordable mental health treatment to residents and communities of Palm Beach County who don’t. might not have otherwise been able to afford or access it.
Since its founding in 2012, the Greenacres-based organization of Ortiz has provided therapy, counseling and support groups on a sliding scale to a wide range of underserved communities and often financially struggling residents.
“Our mission has always been to ensure the immediate availability of cost-effective mental health interventions to serve the most needy Palm Beach County residents who have been affected by experiences related to trauma,” she explained. . “And our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of age, whether they are children, adolescents, adults, the elderly and / or their families, has access to treatment. evidence-based mental health delivered by trained mental health professionals.
To that end, Ortiz – a Florida Atlantic University graduate who earned her Masters in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and specializes in dealing with emotional trauma – was able to pass the center on. 22 full-time mental health contracts. therapists, who offer all of their services at discounted rates. Fourteen of the therapists currently hold contract positions with the Palm Beach County School District, providing on-campus services to 14 local schools, and eight therapists work at the center’s headquarters in Greenacres (6801 Lake Worth Road, Suite 307).
“Since the center was founded, we have systematically developed community programs and partnerships that now allow us to serve 1,000 residents per year,” said Ortiz.
And in May, the Center for Trauma Counseling launched its latest new service: the Mobile Hope Clinic, a fully customized 40-foot bus to provide on-site mental health care and counseling services. Funding for the vehicle and personalization came largely through one of the Center for Trauma Counseling’s community partners, Impact the Palm Beaches.
“Every facet of our community’s success depends on the health and well-being of its citizens, especially when it comes to mental health,” Ortiz said. “Unfortunately, the lack of access for the poor has always been a huge barrier for a large percentage of residents in our community. Our mHealth clinic will break down these barriers, allowing hundreds if not thousands more to access these vital services.
The Mobile Hope Clinic began in May by visiting Boys and Girls clubs in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, where up to eight club members could receive daily trauma and / or mental health counseling.
The reduced service fee was paid for by the Jim Moran Foundation and helped make an immediate impact, said Jaene Miranda, CEO and President of Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
“One of our main goals this summer is to continue our post-pandemic recovery mission. It is crucial to help our club members and their families by promoting convenient and affordable access to mental health professionals, ”said Miranda. “CDC research shows that due to the isolation of the pandemic, mental health issues are on the rise and in need. treat. I am grateful for partnering with the Center for Trauma Counseling so that our clubs can help facilitate this essential program and further assist the recovery process. ”
Since its inception, the Mobile Hope Clinic, staffed in turn by therapists from the center, has counseled dozens of young people, from kindergarten to high school age. As the program evolves, the Mobile Hope Clinic will be moving to other locations in the county.
One of the notable details of the vehicle is that there is a specially designed children’s room for pre-teens to feel comfortable opening up to counselors and exploring their specific traumas.
To fund its noble mission, the Center for Trauma Counseling seeks funding opportunities from various federal, state and local government agencies, as well as a variety of nonprofit foundations and private donors and fundraising events. internal funds.
The centre’s regular financial support includes the following organizations:
- BallenIsles Charitable Foundation
- The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation
- The Frank L. Weyenberg Charitable Trust
- Plangère Foundation
- The Charles and Joan Hermanowski Family Foundation
- Walmart and Vanguard Charity
- The Huntt LeFrance Fund
- Foundation of the lost tree
The Center for Trauma Counseling also has several community partnerships with other county agencies. These partnerships allow the organization to operate in the most profitable manner possible and to serve a greater number of customers.
The centre’s valued community partners include:
- 211 Treasure Coast
- Palm Beach County Health Care District
- Sainte-Marie Medical Center
- JFK North Medical Center
- Palm Beach County School District
- Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
- Boynton Beach Victims’ Advocacy Office
- YWCA – House of Harmony
- Health center
- Lord’s place
- National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI)
To learn more about the Center for Trauma Counseling, its various services and Mobile Hope Clinic, visit palmbeachmentalhealth.org.