Thompson Child & Family Focus and Latin American Coalition Form Partnership to Provide Mental Health Services for Latino Community
 
Published Friday, September 6, 2019

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- The Latin American Coalition (LAC) and Thompson Child & Family Focus, together, are proud to announce that their newly formed partnership will create access, provide resources, and address the needs of the Latino community in the areas of mental health and family stability. The Charlotte-based organization is a community of Latin Americans, immigrants and allies that promote full and equal participation of all people in the civic, economic, and cultural life of North Carolina through education, celebration, and advocacy. LAC empowers the Charlotte region’s Latino immigrant community to successfully integrate into their new home through three core services: an immigrant welcome center, an economic mobility center, and an immigrant integration center. The two entities are partnering to help close the gap of access to high quality mental health services for Latino families in Mecklenburg County. Thompson Child & Family Focus is the leading provider of clinical and prevention services for children and families across the Carolinas with multiple locations specializing in trauma-informed mental health treatment and early childhood education, and family stability services using evidence-based interventions. Through the Thompson and LAC partnership, Latino children at the highest levels of risk, along with their families, will now have the same access to therapy, education, and proactive care as their counterparts.  

“We’re proud to join forces with the Latin American Coalition to begin the work of closing the gaps in access to mental health services that have been making real treatment impossible,” said Will Jones, President/CEO, Thompson Child & Family Focus. “Everyone should have a direct line to getting the care they need in order to live their best life; but that hasn’t been the case—and for too long. Through our partnership, the needs of underserved populations will be met through qualified and experienced professionals who understand the unique cultures, languages, and histories of those they will serve,” continued Jones. “This is how you effect change—by addressing the problems and being relentless in finding the solutions.”

The Latin American Coalition has built a foundation of trust within the Latino community that spans three decades and will use that groundwork to introduce the immigrant community to mental health services and its many aspects. With a network of bilingual counselors and social workers, clients will feel empowered and the information being conveyed to aid in the healing process won’t be lost in translation. This partnership will serve as a bridge for LAC families to receive high quality clinical services such as outpatient, in-home, family education, and behavioral care.

"We are excited to announce the partnership between Thompson Child & Family Focus and the Latin American Coalition which will allow us to expand access to bilingual mental health care services, regardless of legal status and insurance coverage, to the Latino and immigrant community," said Jonathan Peebles, Development and Operations Director, Latin American Coalition.

The Latin American Coalition is honored to partner with Thompson to create and provide the services that will no longer leave families feeling blocked and disconnected as a population, but now empowered and on a path of healing. The Latin American Coalition with Thompson Child & Family Focus will make a significant impact in the lives of Latinos living in Mecklenburg County, while building a new generation of individuals who are receptive to mental health services and will use their experiences to educate and inspire their community. 

For more information about the Latin American Coalition/Thompson Child & Family Focus partnership, visit www.latinamericancoalition.org or to learn about Thompson’s programs, services and partnership opportunities visit www.thompsoncff.org or contact Jennifer Colter, Communications Director at jcolter@thompsoncff.org.



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