We are thrilled to begin a new partnership with the Pastoral Counseling Center that expands our Mental Health services. Two PCC licensed clinicians are now coming to NDSM five days each week to provide behavioral health care services to Emergency Aid Center clients and Medical Clinic patients.
This exciting new collaboration builds upon our 17-year effort to address the critical need we identified for mental health counseling for our clients. Though we knew the need existed, we were only able to begin addressing it in 2014, through our relationship with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since then, all adult clinic patients have been screened for depression.
From 2015 until now, Sister Sylvia Guerra, a Licensed Master Social Worker, has been offering onsite counseling to those that need it. In 2016, volunteer Peggy Busby, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and volunteer Gladys De la Cruz, a counselor licensed in Puerto Rico who serves as an interpreter, joined her.
Our new agreement with PCC expands and enhances our ability to deliver this important service.