$25,000 in funding for administrative costs and operational costs. Currently, administrative costs are being donated, but as our clinicians get busier seeing clients, they will not be available to volunteer.
$3,000 in funding for capital equipment to be used by interns (laptops, printers, dry erase boards, etc) and biofeedback devices to be used for therapy.
$3,000 to pay the professional costs of supervision for our interns (we currently have two). The licensed clinician is volunteering her time, however, to be more active and effective, she needs to be available more often, which means she is not able to see her own clients. By paying the cost of supervision, we will be able to become a site of choice for interns. And the more interns we have (we are striving to have 4-6 interns each school year), the more people who can offer reduced cost individual counseling.
The Refocus Center is excited to continue to build and develop its programs, to continue to introduce ourselves to the community, and gain strength as a nonprofit private practice. Our unique business model, as a nonprofit private practice, will give us the best practices of a for-profit private practice, with the cost flexibility of a community mental health office or free clinic. We are the best of both worlds wrapped in one, with the bow on top being our commitment to the future of mental health by supporting the education and training needs of university students in the goal of completing their field training.The Refocus Center is a gathering of skilled clinicians and business professionals to utilize their skills to provide free and affordable mental health counseling to enable people to reach psychological and emotional happiness. Whether we work with groups, families, couples or individuals, we are committed to helping people achieve their personal goals by providing them with preventative and continuing mental health services.
Jennifer Erickson, the founder and president of The Refocus Center, has more than 20 years in healthcare administration working for two different Fortune 500 companies. During that time, Jennifer spent more than 17 years in management level positions. During this time Jennifer honed her leadership, management and organizational skills. Additionally, Jennifer completed her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is continuing her education as she earns a doctorate in Health Psychology.After three years of working in the private practice industry, Jennifer is dedicated to helping individuals receive the mental health support they need, at an affordable price. She will lead the company by being in several active roles until the time is right to add additional staff. These roles include President, CEO and Business Director. Additionally, Jennifer handles marketing, social media and outreach, in additional to her clinical role as a counselor.
The Refocus Center is the best of both worlds for private counseling. We are a private practice office that utilizes all the best practices. We use electronic medical records, we use a shredding company to protect confidentiality, we have flexible schedules, and we have some of the best practitioners in their fields. We are also like a community mental health office is that we offer a wide sliding scale, we can also base fees on the federal poverty guideline to ensure reasonable costs, and we can offer free services.
While community mental health offices can work with client’s financial situations, they are typically backlogged and clients may have to wait weeks to be seen. Private practices can offer free and reduced services, however many do not because they need their fees to pay their overhead. Additionally, they charge higher rates due to insurance contractual reductions. Although they can adjust for self-pay clients, many don’t offer lower self-pay rates.
The Refocus Center is the best of both worlds. Our interns and professional clinicians volunteer some of their time for free group services, they adjust their rate for lower-cost individual counseling, and due to the ability to seek funding, we can offset the cost of specialized therapists.
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