Our History

Family Counseling Center, Inc. (FCC) opened its doors in June 1974 to provide mental Behavioral Health (BH) out-patient services to residents of Pope County. Although we began by providing services to Pope County, FCC was also given responsibility for additional regions: Pope, Hardin and  Johnson counties — primarily due to economics and demographics. In 1976, FCC became incorporated as a Not-for-Profit 501(c)3. In 1989, FCC expanded our program offerings to include Developmental Services (DS) for both residential homes and developmental training. The Supportive Living division opened its doors in April 2008, to provide quality senior living care. In August of 2015, Family Counseling Center, Inc. expanded its behavioral health footprint into Alexander and Pulaski Counties.

Serving Southern Illinois 24 hours a day, each day of the year!

Subsequently, FCC has grown to 17 sites: 7 in Johnson County — our largest populated area; 5 sites in Hardin County; 3 sites in Pope County; 1 site in Alexander County; and 1 site in Pulaski County with services extending beyond those 4 counties to include Massac, Saline, and Union.

In fiscal year 2019, FCC provided 31 program services to 2,273 clients, within 3 separate divisions:

  • Behavioral Health—adult/youth outpatient and crisis intervention services, substance abuse prevention and recovery, 24-7 residential, psychiatric services, hospital and school-based services;
  • Developmental Services—crisis, therapy,
    24-7 residential, developmental training/workshop;
  • Supportive Living—Autumn Ridge Supportive Living Facility,
    a 46-apartment complex for independent senior living.

FCC has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1992.

Our 9 member Board of Directors is elected from 5 counties:
Hardin, Johnson, Pope, and Alexander/Pulaski Counties.

Sherrie Crabb, Executive Director, Family Counseling Center, Inc.A Message from
Our Chief Executive Officer,
Sherrie L. Crabb

Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

When the founders of Family Counseling Center, Inc. filed Articles of Incorporation in 1974, there is little doubt they could have dreamed that the annual operating budget 45 years later would be 113 times that of its original budget of less than $70,000. Moreover, that 237 individuals would find employment within its walls and 2,273 clients would seek services from its programs.

Family Counseling Center, Inc.’s original scope of work was around evaluation, planning, and the provision of mental health education and services. Today, 31 programs are offered that have expanded beyond mental health to include safe and stable housing, lifespan healthcare, and vocational opportunities for those with disabilities.

Rural southern Illinois has faced many challenges over the years that have limited human service providers’ impact on the health and well-being of their communities. Unstable finances, logistical issues, declining access to an adequate workforce, and other challenges impact human service organizations and hinder their capacity to help families and communities achieve their full potential. Now is the time to act to ensure that not only the foundation we’ve built over time lasts but we are able to remediate challenges and forecast for our community’s future needs.

As we look ahead, our current board of directors and executive leadership team seek to improve the overall well-being of all people in our community through dedication and rigorous attention to ambitious, research-based practices and values.

By October 2020, we will not only have a new identity but we will better communicate who we are, what we do and why it matters to everyone.
We step into the next phase of our future treasuring the history of Family Counseling Center, Inc. while looking forward with exhilaration.

Sherrie L. Crabb, CEO

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