SAMARITAN FAMILY COUNSELING CENTER
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SAMARITAN FAMILY COUNSELING CENTER CLOSING
The Board of Directors of the Samaritan Family Counseling Center (SFCC) announces that the Center, with offices in Peru and
Plattsburgh, will close at the end of August, 2015. The board has taken this action, in part, because of two staff retirements and an
additional staff member reducing her hours of availability. The difficulty of receiving insurance payments for mental health services
provided was also a large factor in creating financial difficulties which became insurmountable.
The SFCC has been in existence since 1980 when it started as an outreach ministry of the Keene Valley Congregational Church. Dr.
John Fraser was an important proponent of the Center at that time and became its first director. More recently, the Center has been
supported as part of the outreach ministry of the Peru Community Church, The First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh, and the
Presbytery of Northern New York. Two foundations, the CVPH Foundation and the Charles R. Wood Foundation, were instrumental
in sponsoring a project to provide counseling for students facing academic risk and their families at the AuSable Valley Central
The Samaritan counseling program emphasizes the relationship of mental, spiritual and physical well-being. This concept is
implemented through counseling services provided by a team of professionals working together--including therapists, clergy and
physicians. The SFCC is accredited by the Samaritan Institute and is one of 80 counseling centers affiliated with the Institute, with
offices in more than 200 cities across the United States and in Japan which provide professional and values-centered counseling,
education, and support to people in need.