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Neighborhood Counseling and Community Services Inc.

 403 Highland Avenue, Suite 202, Room 5
 Somerville, MA 02144
[P] (781) 600-6074
[F] (800) 401-3695
www.neighborhoodcounselingservices.org
ellen@nccsinc.org
Ellen  Neacy
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INCORPORATED: 2015
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 47-3869970

LAST UPDATED: 01/18/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Neighborhood Counseling and Community Services, Incorporated (NCCS) is to provide counseling and support across the lifespan; as well as assistance in accessing adequate health care, education and housing for individuals and families who are at transitional points in their lives. The NCCS will also provide internship opportunities for students in training for the helping professions. NCCS will help individuals and families to attain their goals, thus strengthening the stability and diversity of our communities.

Mission Statement

The mission of Neighborhood Counseling and Community Services, Incorporated (NCCS) is to provide counseling and support across the lifespan; as well as assistance in accessing adequate health care, education and housing for individuals and families who are at transitional points in their lives. The NCCS will also provide internship opportunities for students in training for the helping professions. NCCS will help individuals and families to attain their goals, thus strengthening the stability and diversity of our communities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $38,000.00
Projected Expense $37,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Free Community Yoga Open to All
  • individual and Family Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • Life Hacks for Teens - Community Based Counseling Group
  • Life Hacks for Teens Groups at Next Wave/Full Circle

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Neighborhood Counseling and Community Services, Incorporated (NCCS) is to provide counseling and support across the lifespan; as well as assistance in accessing adequate health care, education and housing for individuals and families who are at transitional points in their lives. The NCCS will also provide internship opportunities for students in training for the helping professions. NCCS will help individuals and families to attain their goals, thus strengthening the stability and diversity of our communities.

Background Statement

Neighborhood Counseling and Community Services, Inc. was first organized in 2014 in response to dwindling community mental health services in the Somerville, Medford, Malden, Everett and Chelsea areas.  The closing of the"Red House" day treatment program in Somerville, MA, formerly part of the Somerville Mental Health Center (which had merged with Riverside Community Care) as well as the closing of the Boston Institute of Psychotherapy in Brookline, MA were examples of non-profit community mental health resources which have been forced to close down due to rising real estate prices and other challenges.  Still other community mental health resources have been pushed further and further away from subway accessible areas due to high real estate costs, making transit to treatment more difficult.  There are long waiting lists for mental health treatment at institutions that remain in the greater Boston area, particularly for children and families. Our organization was created in part to respond to these important community needs. NCCS strives to provide affordable and accessible individual, family and group therapy mental health services to children, adolescents and adults within our catchment area.  We have always believed that having access to basic needs such as housing, food and health care, is necessary to anyone's good mental health. Therefore, we have historically striven to offer assistance in accessing these resources to the best of our ability. 

Impact Statement

 NCCS Accomplishments for 2018:
 
1) January 2018 - NCCS welcomed its first intern.  Kristina Best Ramos, a graduate student in the clinical track at Boston University School of Social Work joined our team.  Kristina, a lifelong resident of Somerville and graduate of Somerville High School brought her extensive knowledge of the community to her work at NCCS.  Kristina co-faciliated three groups in the community:  "Life Hacks for Teens" at Next Wave/Full Circle Public Alternative High School in Somerville; the Women's Ongoing DBT group in the Somerville Office and the Women's Anger Management Group also in the Somerville office.  Kristina also carried a caseload of individual adult and child clients.  Kristina gained valuable experience towards her social work master's and enabled NCCS to serve 30 clients through Kristina's work alone.
 
2) June 2018-  NCCS hired two additional fee-for-service clinicians to add to clinical service capacity.
 
3)  August 2018 - NCCS received a $2,500 grant from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation to support the "Life Hacks for Teens" counseling groups at Somerville Public School's Next Wave Full Circle Alternative Middle School/High School. The grant provided funding support for the groups to operate from September 2018 - June 2019.  Through this program we will serve 20 emotionally and behaviorally challenged teens in the course of four groups throughout the school year.
 
4) August 2018 - NCCS received $4,832 in funding for the 2018-2019 grant cycle from the Somerville Health Foundation grant to provide the "Life Hacks for Teens"  counseling groups at Somerville Public School's Next Wave Full Circle Alternative Middle School/High School.  The grant provides funding support for the groups to operate from September, 2018 - January, 2019. Through this program we will serve 20 emotionally and behaviorally challenged teens in the course of four groups throughout the school year.
 
5)  Operated a free Community Yoga program from February, 2018 - June, 2018.  This community yoga program served approximately 10 Somerville and surrounding area residents with physical and emotional impairments that had presented barriers to them attending traditional area yoga classes previously. 
 
Goals for 2019:
 
1)  NCCS to become enrolled on more insurance panels to be able to offer our services to more individuals and families.  Our goal is to serve 150 individuals and families this year.
 
2)  Continuing our relationship with Boston University School of Social Work we will provide a placement for another advanced year student.
 
 3) We will actively recruit clinicians of color and with language capacity in Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian Creole to better serve clients in our catchment area to improve the scope of our community engagement.
 
4)  Begin facilitating "Life Hacks for Teens" DBT based groups at Malden Public High School, Malden, MA.  This work will include demonstrating DBT techniques and skills taught in the group to members of the Malden High School counseling staff so that they may support students in practicing the skills in school. 
 
4)  We will seek out and apply for grants to enable capacity building.
 
5)  We will seek out and apply for grants to continue to fund "Life Hacks for Teens" group at Next Wave/Full Circle so that we may assist 20 emotionally and behaviorally challenged teens acquire emotional and behavioral regulation skills during the 2019-2020 school year. 
 
 

Needs Statement

 
1) We need $10,000 to offer signing bonuses as incentives to hire 5 independently licensed clinicians (including a consulting Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatrist). We would like to offer $2,000 for each clinician to sign on for two years of work to include at least 10 hours per week. We would like to hire a diverse staff (e.g. racially, ethnically and linguistically) of versatile and talented clinicians. There are many opportunities for clinicians in the for-profit counseling fields and we would like to make non-profit work more attractive.  These incentives would enhance our community engagement abilities in the diverse neighborhoods that we serve.
 
1)  We need $10,000 for infrastructure building. This includes purchasing software, developing more sophisticated accounting systems, paying an accountant, and paying for assistance with insurance panel credentialing.  We are committed to being as economically accessible as possible to individuals and families, and allowing people to utilize health insurance for mental health services.  Becoming enpanalled with insurance companies is a crucial part of this process.
 

3)  We need $10,000 to have in cash reserves to cover rent, utilities, insurances, and other business expenses to help with month-to-month variations in clinical income.  Also, the traditional practice of waiting until insurance pays out makes it difficult to retain clinicians.  This cash reserve would help cover clinician pay until insurance company payments are received. 
 
3) We need more space to see more clients.  The rental of 2 additional office spaces in the area would help greatly.  Funds for infrastructure building and cash reserves would enable us to rent appropriate space in the area.
 

CEO Statement

NCCS, Inc. is a community mental health practice that aspires to be a resource to everyone in our catchment area.  This is a challenging mission, as some of our clients are homeless and don't know where they will be sleeping from one night to another, while others are college students at the area's elite colleges.  All come to us because they are in emotional pain and are are seeking help for specific life challenges they are facing.   Traditionally, community mental health services have not been profitable, as evidenced by the closing of many non-profit mental health organizations in the recent past. We recognize the harsh realities of the economic climate in which me must function.  We must compete for employees committed to the mission, pay them a living wage, and aspire to one day provide health insurance and other benefits.  To do this, we must face the economic realities of the climate we are operating in, which includes but is not limited to soaring real estate prices, the complexities of getting on and staying on health insurance panels, and ensuring we are following best practices in our provision of clinical services.  We feel that with added financial support, we can meet the challenges that face us.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Somerville, Medford, Malden, Everett and Chelsea

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Community Mental Health Centers
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Free Community Yoga Open to All

One-hour beginning vinyasa yoga classes are currently offered two days per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), by two certified volunteer yoga instructors, Ritu Noroula and Julian Yun.  Classes are free and are open to the community but participants are asked to register in advance.  Donations are accepted to offset cost of the rented space in First Church of Somerville.  People with mental health and/or physical challenges are encouraged to attend as the instructors are able to modify any aspects of the class and will work with students at their own pace.
Budget  200 monthly
Category  Health Care, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Provide access to beginning yoga for individuals who could not otherwise afford it.; making the documented benefits of yoga - both mental and physical - available to all in our community.   Short term success is to consistently offer the class, and develop a core group of students who are committed to regularly attending and begin to see the benefits in their lives.
Program Long-Term Success 
Program to be able to continue on long term, two days per week.  Students are asked to fill out surveys at the start of their attendance at the yoga class and periodically along the way to gauge the benefits they are receiving.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  This yoga program was started at the suggestion of a community member who has been diagnosed with early onset Frontal Lobe dementia.  Her neurologist suggested that she attend yoga classes for both the mental and physical benefits.  This community member could not find another yoga class in the area that she was able to afford, and that she felt comfortable attending with her particular challenges.  This member now attends every class that we offer and is a stalwart supporter of the program.   She reports that she "feels at home" in our yoga classes and the social interaction with other students is also an important part of the healing she receives. 

individual and Family Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults

We offer individual and family mental health counseling for children, adolescents and adults in our convenient Somerville office.   In addition to counseling services, we also assist whenever possible with helping clients to access resources to meet basic needs.   We believe that access to housing, health care, food and adequate income are all part of a person's good mental health and that all people have a right to these essentials.  We are also a place for future human services professionals to train, offering clinical internships to social work and mental health counseling students.
Budget  --
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  We strive for this Program to be able to provide quality individualized outpatient mental health care in a small, community based setting. Success will also be examined in the Program's ability to be self-sustaining by accessing client insurance. 
Program Long-Term Success  We hope that the Program will be able to provide quality individualized outpatient mental health care in a small, community based setting and that this Program will be self-sustaining by accessing client insurances long term.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  A military family was referred to us with an adolescent who was experiencing suicidal ideation at times.  The family had had tremendous difficulty finding an outpatient therapist for their child who could accommodate their schedule, and accept their insurance. Months had been spent on the search.   We were able to accommodate the adolescent and family's schedules and insurance needs and get the adolescent the necessary treatment. 

Life Hacks for Teens - Community Based Counseling Group

Program offers 1 counseling group per week for high school aged students. It is an outpatient program at our office in Somerville.  The curriculum for this counseling group is based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy created by Marsha Linnehan, PhD. This empirically supported curriculum focuses on teaching teens skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students are referred by area social service agencies, clinicians and schools. 
Budget  75 weekly
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Adolescent clients will better learn to manage difficult emotions and situations in their lives, without resorting to negative behaviors that are counterproductive.  Curriculum is specially adapted for the adolescent age group.
Program Long-Term Success  Adolescent clients will be able to carry forward into their adult lives the skills learned from the "Life Hacks" group in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
A young client has been attending the program since we first began offering it.  At the start of her attendance, as a sophomore in high school, she had been hospitalized for severe anxiety and panic attacks, and was facing the possibility of a second hospitalization.  She negotiated with her family, school counselor and therapist that she would be able to attend our group in lieu of an intensive outpatient program, while she maintained regular school attendance.   To date, as a junior in high school, she is able to manage her anxiety symptoms using the skills learned in group to sustain good academic standing in school, maintain a part-time job outside of school as well as participate in social and extracurricular activities.

Life Hacks for Teens Groups at Next Wave/Full Circle

Program offers 2 counseling groups per week (1 for middle school and 1 for high school) at Somerville Public Schools Next Wave/Full Circle Alternative High School.  The curriculum for these counseling groups is based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy created by Marsha Linnehan, PhD.  This empirically supported curriculum focuses on teaching teens skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.  This group of students face multiple socioeconomic, behavioral and learning challenges. 
Budget  $8,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term success is measured by these middle school and high school youth engaging with the curriculum, facilitators, and each other in appropriate and learning enhancing ways.
 
 
Program Long-Term Success  This is measured by reductions in absences, consistent attendance, and reduced behavioral incidents in the group, and in the school setting in general.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  The Next Wave Full Circle clinical leadership invited us to return for the academic year of 2018-2019, and reported that the students enjoyed the program. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Julie Anne Catalano
CEO Term Start June 2014
CEO Email infonccs@gmail.com
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Somerville Health Foundation
 
Rockland Trust Bank
 
Next Wave/Full Circle Alternative Public High School
 
Malden Public High School, Malden, MA
 
 
 
 
 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Indian
Gender Female: 6
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Paul Baxter PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation 501Partners, LLC
Board Chair Term Oct 2018 - Oct 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Paul Baxter 501Parters, LLC Voting
Ms. Kristina Best Ramos Somerville Homeless Coalition Voting
Ms. Ann Marie Healey Harvard University Voting
Ms. Liza Leto-Fulton Self-employed --
Mr. Christopher Maffucci Casner and Edwards Voting
Ms. Ellen Neacy The Walker Center --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 1%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 4%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $38,000.00
Projected Expense $37,000.00
Form 990s

2017 990-N

2016 990-N

2015 990-N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $26,160 $25,613 $12,700
Total Expenses $24,040 $23,255 $8,250

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,682 $3,500 $6,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $5,000 $10,000 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $11,534 $2,280 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $267 $300 $1,700
Revenue In-Kind $5,677 $9,533 $5,000
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $11,000 $11,709 $6,000
Administration Expense $13,040 $11,546 $2,100
Fundraising Expense -- -- $150
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.09 1.10 1.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses 46% 50% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $2,120 $2,358 $4,450
Current Assets $2,120 $2,358 $4,450
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $2,120 $2,358 $4,450

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

This nonprofit files a 990-N with the IRS (files posted above for your reference). Data in the charts and graphs was provided by the organization.
 

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our organization's goal is to provide community-based mental health services that are local, economically accessible, and effective. We also recognize that having one's basic needs met are the foundation to good mental health.  Homelessness, food and housing insecurity, and lack of access to medical care preclude good mental health.  As much as possible we strive to advocate for our clients to find resources to assist in meeting their basic needs.  We intend to create a space that is welcoming for all, that sees people as individuals first and not as diagnoses. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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