Executive Director and Legislative Affairs Representative
Pro Bono Counseling Project
Last month, the Pro Bono Counseling Project sent a study conducted by our offices to a number of Montgomery County legislators, which uncovered a number of points about the importance of providing mental health services to the poor and marginalized populations of Maryland.
The study was conducted over a period of four years and the data was collected through a series of phone calls to our clients. Our clients’ needs were initially assessed by the PBCP, who would then connect them with a therapist. The office would then contact the client again after one, three and six month periods to quantify the effectiveness of their treatment. In these follow-up phone interviews, we would ask them if they had an appointment with their therapist and also if their well-being, job status, financial status, and satisfaction with life situation has improved.
This study and the findings uncover three main points about the value of mental health services to underserved populations: