Family Counseling Services (FCS), a free-standing counseling service in Cincinnatus, has moved to a new location to accommodate their continued growth in the region.
FCS began offering services locally in Cincinnatus in April of 2013 through the Cortland Chenango Rural Services, Inc. as a way to bring mental health counseling to a community with no immediate access. Counselors originally saw clients one day a week, eventually expanding its operational hours to five days a week on a by-appointment basis and offering school-based services to help meet the growing need. This increase in demand resulted in the need for more space. In the fall of 2014, the non-profit agency decided to find a separate location that would allow for expansion.
“There has been a great need in Cincinnatus,” commented Paula Currie, FCS Director of Medical Services and Program Development. “It’s important to take these services out to the people who could benefit from them.”
Primary offices are located on Main Street in Cortland, but for those who live in more rural parts of the county, traveling for services can be a challenge. Having a presence in the local community has made it easier for clients to take advantage of the resources FCS has to offer.
“The Agency is committed to getting services to the people who need them in a way that is most convenient for them,” added Currie. “If that means developing new sites, then that is what we will do.”
The Cincinnatus community has been very supportive of the agency’s presence. Luann King, Cincinnatus Town Supervisor, said the town is very excited about the vision that FCS has for the community. King thanked the agency for their supporting role in serving Cincinnatus, and for engaging and providing a service that many could not receive otherwise. “The community welcomes Family Counseling Services to Cincinnatus,” said King.
Community members can find the agency’s new location at 2804 Cincinnatus Road across the street from Family Health Network and close to the school. The building, which is equipped with spacious and welcoming offices, will be open for clients the first week of March. Two mental health counselors will be on staff with the potential to add a nurse practitioner in the future for medications management. Those interested in services at the Cincinnatus location should call the FCS main clinic to speak with the intake coordinator at (607) 753-0234.
Family Counseling Services is a non-profit organization serving both Cortland and Madison Counties. FCS was established in 1970 as a volunteer family counseling service based in Cortland, NY. It has since evolved into a professional organization that offers mental health, chemical dependency, and school-based counseling, as well as prevention services through its prevention division, Cortland Prevention Resources.