Celebrating a Milestone!

Just before Thanksgiving last year, Youth & Family Counseling (YFC) hit an important milestone. For the first time in our 57-year history, we delivered more than 10,000 counseling sessions! Since 2015, we have grown by 67% in our capacity to serve the children, teens, adults, couples and families of Lake County.  But this accomplishment didn’t happen by accident. 

In 2015, our Board of Directors and staff came together to plan for YFC’s future. Our planning was guided by key questions: How could we serve more people in needed of counseling? Where were the service gaps in our community? How could we stretch and grow to meet the mental health needs of Lake County? The answers to these questions provided a road map for our strategic growth from 2016-2020. Our efforts to better serve our community have included sending our therapists to Waukegan, Round Lake, and Mundelein through co-location agreements with organizations located in those communities; adding 4 Spanish-speaking therapists to our staff, and becoming in-network providers with Medicaid managed care plans to better serve lower-income clients.

Year

Counseling
Sessions

Increase vs.
Previous Year

2015

6,557

 

2016

7,272

+11%

2017

8,120

+12%

2018

9,147

+16%

2019

10,951

+16%

2019 vs. 2015 increase = 67%

What should YFC look like in 2030 and how do we get there?This year, YFC is once again in long-term planning mode. We’re examining Lake County community need studies and considering predicted trends in mental healthcare. We’re talking to stakeholders – including community members, funders, healthcare experts, and more – to inform our 10-year vision. With the goal of doing more to meet the mental health needs of Lake County in the decade ahead, we’re formulating a thoughtful response to the key question:What comes next for YFC?

It’s an exciting time as we plan for our next chapter, and we welcome your input. If you would like to share your thoughts, please contact Executive Director Janelle Moravek at jmoravek@counselingforall.org.