History

The Hispanic Counseling Center, Inc. (HCC) is a not-for-profit bilingual, bicultural multi-service agency originally established in 1977 by the Nassau County Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services to provide substance abuse treatment services to the County’s growing Hispanic population. All services are available to the Long Island community, without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or economic status. The timeline of HCC’s growth from one program and four staff in a 600 square feet rented office in 1977, to ownership of a 38,000 square foot modern facility with multiple programs and services chronicles this growth:

1979

Nassau County Youth Board awards funding to the Hispanic Counseling Center for Prevention, Education, and Counseling services to limited English speaking youth and their families.

1986

HCC licensed by New York State to become Nassau County’s first bilingual, bicultural alcohol/drug rehabilitation clinic. This program accepts referrals from other county agencies, both public and private.

1987

Six week Summer Program begins for children ages 7-12

1989

After school homework help and tutoring sessions available to all school age children.

1992

HCC receives a second license from New York State, to open a mental health outpatient clinic offering counseling, therapy, and treatment.

1993

Supported Housing Program inaugurated to assist mentally ill clients experiencing difficulty in obtaining adequate housing.

1994

English as a Second Language Program made available to HCC clients.

1995

Respite, a Children and Family Support Services Program, established to help families who have children with serious emotional problems and who need information, counseling, support, and respite services.

1996

Domestic Violence Program created in response to overwhelming demand by legal system and to fill gap in therapeutic services available to both victims and perpetrators.

1998

~HCBS Waiver Program established to provide in home services to developmentally disabled adults and children.
~Literacy Program designed to teach adults how to read write in Spanish
~Early intervention Program targets children ages 0-3 and their families for social work services at HCC and in the home.

1999

Medicaid Service Coordination Program provides help to developmentally disabled adults and children ages three and older through case management allowing them to live at home with their families, rather than in an institutional setting.

2001

Ryan White Mental Health Program for People with HIV/AIDS begins.

2003

~HCC moves to its new building that will become the agency’s permanent home.
~The Teen Drop-In Center begins.

2008

HCC purchases the building adjacent building to its main site to expand the Mental Health program.

2011

Kinship program begins to provide support to grandparents while parents are incarcerated or deported.

2012

Project Hope starts, providing crisis counseling after Super Storm Sandy.

2014

Super Storm Sandy program provides multiservice support to storm victims.

2017

Care Coordination under Health Homes begins to provide case management to clients in need.