Mission: Berks counseling center is a recovery oriented behavioral health and supportive services organization providing a holistic approach to a culturally and economically diverse population for the purpose of achieving a healthy and productive life.
Programs: Berks counseling center, inc. (the "organization") is a freestanding private nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to provide outpatient counseling, supportive services, and housing to individuals and families. The organization serves the residents of berks and chester counties in pennsylvania, regardless of ability to pay, and is a network provider for berks and chester counties, health choices medicare, medicaid, and several private insurances. The behavioral health agency has been operating in berks county since 1977, and currently has its main site at 645 penn street, reading, with satellite sites at 401 north 2nd street, reading (opportunity house), 1261 county welfare road, leesport (community reentry center ("crc")), and 701 main street, phoenixville (dba chester counseling center). The organization receives service fees, cost reimbursements, and grants from various funding sources. Continued funding is dependent on the availability of federal, state, and local government funds, as well as contributions from the public sector. The organization is fully licensed by the commonwealth of pennsylvania to provide a wide range of addiction and mental health outpatient treatment services. These services include, but are not limited to, outpatient individual, group, and family counseling, psychiatric evaluations and medication management, case management and other social services. Patients are reached either directly or through referral. The organization also facilitates several prevention and intervention programs such as the strengthening families program and the maternal intervention and supportive services program, a program for pregnant and parenting teens. The organization prides itself on its outreach within the community, providing the student assistance services in the reading school district and providing treatment services at the berks county prison and crc. The organization operates a housing program with supportive services for homeless persons with behavioral health disabilities. Eligible clients are provided transitional and/or permanent apartment housing at rents following the united states department of housing and urban development ("hud") rental guidelines. Additionally, the organization connects eligible individuals/families to affordable housing by providing initial rental assistance, and it also leases affordable apartments under a master leasing arrangement to individuals reentering the community from the county corrections system. Case management and other supportive services are provided to all housing clients as needed. The organization operated the restyle boutique, located on the ground floor of its main site, until closing the shop april 30, 2014. The shop sold donated clothing at a steeply discounted rate and served as an employment training site for seniors and young adults preparing to reenter the workforce. The organization operated its pa workwear program out of the shop, which provides clothing at low costs to persons reentering the workforce. The program continued its operations out of the organization's main site office space after the shop closed. New this fiscal year is the physical health/behavioral health project, which is funded by the berks county healthchoices reinvestment plan. It provides services to medical assistance-eligible adults 18 years and older with serious mental illness ("smi") and at high risk for, or currently experiencing, co-morbid physical health conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. The project is designed to provide a systematic health assessment and screening of the targeted smi population, enhanced by on-site primary care with a strong focus on wellness and health promotion activities and support. The project is facilitated by an integrated health team consisting of a medical director, health home coordinator, wellness support specialist, health navigators and medical assistants.