Child Center and Adult Services

Mental Health and Wellness For Everyone

aka Aspire Counseling   |   Gaithersburg, MD   |  www.we-aspire.org
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Mission

Aspire Counseling is committed to helping all clients transform their lives and achieve their mental health and wellness goals by developing the skills they need. Our experienced staff offers high quality, evidence-based therapy, holistic services and training in a warm, welcoming and safe environment

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Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Dr. Karen Carrie Zilcoski

Main address

16220 Frederick Road Suite 502 Ste 502

Gaithersburg, MD 20850 USA

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Formerly known as

Child Center and Adult Services (CCAS)

EIN

52-1120638

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To improve access to quality mental health care and case management services to assist vulnerable individuals and families who are trying to overcome crises, such as domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, financial instability, depression, grief, etc. Our services are easily accessible to ALL families. They may be insured, have public insurance (Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare) or uninsured who receive treatment at no or low-cost or utilize our sliding fee scale. Our counseling and treatment takes place in our main office AND in trusted and accessible locations for vulnerable low-income, uninsured people . Whether it is at their primary care physician, in a support group at a local senior housing venue, or their home -- we make sure individuals and families get treatment where they are most comfortable.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) provides free, home-based therapy for very low-income uninsured and under-insured women suffering prenatal or postpartum depression.

Population(s) Served

Collaborative Care: INTEGRATING PRIMARY CARE AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE FOR
LOW-INCOME ADULTS CCAS Community Cares program provides mental health therapy at primary care clinics (Mobile Med & Community Clinic Inc) that serve uninsured and Medicaid-eligible patients in Montgomery County. Improved mental health results in an increased ability to perform basic tasks; less suicidal thinking; better sleep and appetite; increased energy and ability to be active - and decreased medical costs.

Population(s) Served

The Positive Aging Program is designed to reach senior citizens who live independently in our community, and who are unable or unwilling to come to our office. Specifically, the program serves elderly at the Rockville Senior Center and The Oaks (housing for low-income seniors). Locating mental health and wellness services at these sites provides a respectful way to offer support to seniors who otherwise might hesitate to seek it out. On site our therapists help seniors meet life challenges and find meaning in aging.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Inclusion in web catalogue; highly competitive process 2014

Catalogue for Philanthropy - DC Metropolitan Area

Outstanding Merit Award 2008

Maryland Psychiatric Society

Social Action Award 2008

Temple Sinai

Leadership Award 2004

Washington Area Women's Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1982

Chamber of Commerce 2008

United Way Member Agency 2016

Goals & Strategy

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Therapists will represent a diversity of ages, languages, ethnic and national backgrounds to reflect the diversity of clients who seek services.
Therapists will be skilled and certified in a broad range of evidence-based standards of mental and behavioral health care.
Clients will enter a relationship with our organization to which they can return with friends and family.
Mental health and wellness services will be offered to meet identified needs of the community.
We will collaborate with community partners to ensure all people will have access to a system of holistic, person-centered services.

Aspire Counseling Strategic Plan 2014-2019 outlines our strategies and tactics.

From 2016 July 2017 our services reached 2,020 insured, underinsured, and uninsured individuals and families. In our office we have over 35 Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. We have 14 therapy rooms, 5 of which are child therapy rooms. Carrie Zilcoski, PhD, LCSW-C, became Aspire's new Executive Director in January 2017. Mecky Caballero, LCPC, was promoted to Clinical Director.

We expanded our Board of Directors, welcoming five new members.

In 2017, we hired a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, doubling our capacity to do psychiatric assessments and prescribe medication.

We increased our ability to provide specialized therapy to children by hiring a full-time certified play therapist, who joins an already strong child therapy team.

Aspire Counseling has provided mental health and wellness services to families for 39 years. Next year we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary.
In 2015, we were awarded 'Best Family Therapist' Readers Pick, by the Best of Bethesda Magazine.
Our Board has succeesfully implemented many goals within the 'Aspire Counseling Strategic Plan 2014-2019'. At this half way stage the Board feels very confident we will implement the objectives by 2019.
Our services are easily accessible to ALL. Clients may be insured, have public insurance (Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare) or be uninsured and undocumented. They will receive treatment at no or low-cost or utilize our sliding fee scale.
Aspire Counseling helps people overcome short-term mental health issues (trauma, unemployment, grief, OCD, stress, anxiety). Short-term evidenced based therapy differs from treatment for long term chronic mental health conditions (bi-polar; schizophrenia). Very few organizations offer affordable short-term therapy in both office and community-based settings, Aspire does.
According to the Child Mind Institute 2016 Children's Mental Health Report, mental health disorders are the most common health issues faced by our nation's school-aged children. More and more families are seeking help to improve childhood social and emotional health. To help meet demand, Aspire has employed two new child therapists. Both are trained in play therapy and one is trained in ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences. We took mental health education to the community, participating in local health fairs and events for pregnant women and new mothers

This July, Aspire began construction of a new billing and administrative office space. This will free up therapy rooms that have been occupied by administrative staff (Executive Director, Billing and Office Manager, Development Manager - enabling Aspire to see more clients.

Financials

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Operations

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Child Center and Adult Services

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Pedro Martinez

National Institute of Health

Term: 2016 - 2019

Carol Bloomberg

Abt Associates

Diane Laurin

Capitol Womens Care

Pedro Martinez

National Institute of Health

Dia Martin

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Mercedes Bowie

BDO Assurances

Liz McBride

US House of Representatives

Vilas Wright

Wright Real Estate

Colleen Robichaud

Private Therapy Practice

Krista Atteberry

Retiree

Christian Genovese

Mortgage Banker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes