Samaritan Counseling Services awarded $20,000 grant from COVID-19 Response Initiative

Funds to pay for services for uninsured and under-insured clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, and alcohol and substance abuse

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Samaritan Counseling Services has received a $20,000 grant from the COVID-19 Response Initiative of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to provide mental health counseling sessions for Sarasota County clients with financial constraints, the organization has announced.

Top priority will be given to those referred by its nonprofit partners, including Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a news release says.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with other nonprofits to serve their uninsured and under-insured clients,” said Richard O. Howell, executive director of Samaritan Counseling, in the release. “These funds will allow individuals and families in need to receive hope that they desperately need,” Howell added in the release.

Samaritan Counseling’s team of highly trained, state-licensed psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and interns “will work closely with uninsured and under-insured men, women and children on their therapeutic goals,” the release explains. “Sessions will be provided for those experiencing anxiety, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, or other serious life challenges,” the release points out.

“Supporting our nonprofit partners like Samaritan Counseling Services will help Sarasota County citizens receive critical counseling services they could not otherwise afford,” said Jon Thaxton, senior vice president for community leadership at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, in the release. “Because of the prolonged impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Thaxton added, “we have seen this unmet need skyrocket in our community,”

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Founded in 1999, Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fully accredited by the Solihten Institute in Denver, the release explains. It also holds a HIPAA seal of compliance. Samaritan Counseling therapists, who are licensed by the State of Florida, provide a wide range of mental health services for men, women and children of all ages in 11 locations throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties, the release adds.

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