The Summit Counseling Center Inc

Johns Creek, GA   |  www.SummitCounseling.org

Mission

The Summit Counseling Center, Inc. is a private, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization providing professional counseling services by state licensed and/or certified mental health professionals to the North Metro Atlanta community. The Summit’s mission is to provide professional counseling, psychological services, school-based mental health and community education services utilizing an integrated approach to care for the whole person-body, mind, spirit and community. We address a full spectrum of issues from anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and loss, to substance abuse services, providing help for individuals, couples and families, including children, teens and emerging adults in the community and local schools.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mr. David M. Smith

Main address

2750 Old Alabama Road Suite 200

Johns Creek, GA 30022 USA

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EIN

58-2424268

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Summit envisions a community where everyone, without exception (children, teens, emerging adults, adults, and seniors) has full access to professional integrated behavioral healthcare. The primary barriers include accessibility, affordability and the ability to meet ever-increasing needs. The Summit is the leading catalyst in North Fulton, engaging community leaders, schools, churches, business, foundations and families in an ongoing dialogue regarding mental health treatment and services. The Summit has accessible community locations where people live, work and play that offer comprehensive behavioral services reducing the lack of transportation presents. While professional, quality healthcare is costly, The Summit provides many options so that clients can receive care based on their ability to pay, including a sliding scale fee structure and pro bono services so no one is turned away based on their ability to pay. Since 2012, the number of clients served has increased by 212%.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summit OnSite School-Based Therapy

Since 2015, Summit OnSite (SOS) has provided services to address the behavioral and mental health needs of elementary, middle and high school students by removing some of the most common barriers that prevent students from receiving the care they need - Stigma, Affordability, Accessibility. SOS provides community-based mental health services in 19 North Fulton County schools and five community locations, including onsite counseling, support groups, therapy groups, student and faculty education, suicide prevention training and suicide assessments. The Summit was recently awarded a grant from the Fulton County Community Services Program that will add an additional layer of strength and support to the provision of on-site mental health counseling, parent engagement, and crisis support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The North Fulton Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative is an innovative and integrated program designed to address the gap in behavioral health care for children, youth and emerging adults with specific emphasis on suicides among this target population. It will provide educational programs to parents, teachers, community leaders and others to expand the critical mass who interact with vulnerable youth and emerging adults with knowledge, awareness and skills to recognize mental health issues and methods to respond immediately. Fewer youth will suffer in silence with more trusted adults trained to ask critical questions when they detect behavioral symptoms. Together, The Summit will partner with the community to provide clinical interventions.to those with the greatest financial need, and promote healthy behaviors in children, youth and emerging adults through treatment. The program is designed to support children, youth and emerging adults and lessen incidents of tragic outcomes of suicide and help youth attain successful transitions to young adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Summit maintains a Client Assistance Fund to subsidize the fees of clients who cannot afford the full cost of services. Clients may apply for the subsidy providing proof of income and receive fees discounts as well as fee subsidies to reduce their co-payment to no charge or an amount they can afford. The Summit has three major event-based fundraisers every year supported by sponsorships and individual donors, as well as an annual year-end giving campaign. In addition, the Summit receives public and private grants, foundation funding, community partnerships, congregational partnerships and individual contributions to support the Client Assistance Fund.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Since 1990, the Summit Counseling Center has brought hope and healing to people in need at every stage of life providing a wide range of specialty services for individuals, couples and families. Summit therapists are fully licensed and offer professional counseling. Summit provides professional counseling, consulting and education services utilizing an integrated approach to care for the whole person in five convenient community locations.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

The Summit founded and hosts the North Fulton County dental Health Collaborative. Connecting and energizing our community stakeholders to provide a life span behavioral healthcare system for North Fulton County. The Collaborative is open to all behavioral healthcare stakeholders in our community. Whether representing providers or consumers of behavioral healthcare services in North
Fulton County, all stakeholders are encouraged to join as we strive to make a difference in our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Summit Counseling Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Summit is updating its data management system to better collect data and metrics annually and year over year.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Summit OnSite School-Based Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Summit is upgrading its data management system to better collect data and metrics annually and year over year.

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Summit OnSite School-Based Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Summit is upgrading its data management system to better collect data and metrics annually and year over year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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The Summit serves over 2,500 individuals annually providing a wide range of specialty services for individuals, couples and families. Summit is committed to improving access to high-quality services, improving risk factors and outcomes, increasing capacity to integrated services and providing coordinated behavioral health services in school-based and community settings without compromising quality. The challenge is to ensure growth is strategically planned so that it doesn't put a burden on the infrastructure. Summit’s is committed to sustaining a quality workforce, stable finances and effective oversight. The Board of Directors is committed through the Strategic Plan to long-term sustainability of the organization in fulfilling its mission and vision.

Primary goals include:

1. Expansion of Summit OnSite's School-Based Therapy programs. In June 2015, The Summit began the Summit On-Site School-Based Therapy Program through a community partnership with Fulton County Schools. The goal of the program was to remove the barriers to students getting help: Stigma, Transportation, and Funding. Summit is currently serving 21 Fulton County elementary, middle and high schools with plans to expand to 7 more schools in the Fall of 2019.

2. Increase Client Assistance Fund (CAF) to reach low income women, children, and families. Reaching out for help can be one of the most difficult actions a person can take; and without the ability to pay, oftentimes seem impossible. The Summit's Board of Directors and staff are dedicated to continuing to grow our capacity to offer more affordable and assessable behavioral health services to residents in our large, diverse service area. Increasing CAF is a key component.

3. The Summit’s Capacity Building Projects are designed to sustain a quality workforce, stable finances and effective oversight. Capacity Building projects will strengthen the organization's existing operations to position in amid this strong growth period. The Board of Directors is committed through the Strategic Plan to long-term sustainability of the organization in fulfilling its mission and vision. Capacity Building Projects include leadership development, team building, organizing and refining Office 365 SharePoint sites and access rules and training; financial reporting optimization to comply with processes and reporting and comply with new laws; optimize clinical reporting and database systems; and clinical training to bolster the clinical staff knowledge and skills.

Since 1990, The Summit has brought hope, healing and restoration to more than 10,000 adults, teens, children and families. We address a full spectrum of issues from anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and loss, to substance abuse services, providing help for individuals, couples and families, including children, teens and emerging adults. The Summit is a recognized leader in community-based mental health services and community-wide education and events designed to increase accessibility and affordability and reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health care. The Summit received its 501(c)(3) status in February 1998. In FY 2017-2018, the Summit served 2,531 unduplicated clients.

1. In June 2015, the Summit On-Site School-Based Therapy Program created a community partnership with Fulton County Schools. The goal of the program is to remove the barriers to students getting help: Stigma, Transportation, and Funding. School-Based Therapists work within preschool, elementary, middle and high school facilities, helping students overcome behavioral, emotional and/or social problems that interfere with success at school and at home. The Summit has a sliding scale fee and is continuing to increase and expand services to ensure all children, teens and emerging adults have access to quality behavioral health care. The Summit currently serves 21 Fulton County elementary, middle and high schools and plans to add an additional 7 schools in the Fall of 2019. Summit has received funding from the Fulton County's Department of Community Development and and Fulton County Schools for start-up costs for 9 additional schools.

2. The Summit developed a financial model that addresses the financial needs and resources of higher income families, middle income families and lower income families. The Summit maintains a Client Assistance Fund to subsidize the fees of clients who cannot afford the full cost of services. Clients may apply for the subsidy providing proof of income and receive fees discounts as well as fee subsidies to reduce their co-payment to no charge or an amount they can afford. The Summit has three major event-based fundraisers every year supported by sponsorships and individual donors, as well as an annual year-end giving campaign. In addition, the Summit receives public and private grants, foundation funding, community partnerships, congregational partnerships and individual contributions to support the Client Assistance Fund.

3. The Summit has identified vendors and is currently identifying funding to initiate it's Capacity Building Projects.

The Summit has a strong and committed workforce, Board of Directors, and foundation of community support.

The Summit continues to strategically explore mission-related opportunities for its school-based therapy programs and receives numerous requests to provide services in local schools. The challenge is to ensure growth is carefully planned so that it doesn't put a burden on the infrastructure. The Summit is planning to address this challenge by implementing a staff recruitment and retention plan that identifies needs over the next 3 years. Additionally, The Summit developed and implemented best practices, including expectations, for school-based therapists. Strategically The Summit will continue to review the onsite school-based therapy program and bring recommendations to the Board regarding sustainability and expansion.

The Summit has implemented marketing and public awareness strategies over the last 12 months including prioritizing community partnership and engagement opportunities, including, the North Fulton Collaborative plan. Additionally, the Summit is developing referral relationship strategies, i.e. attorneys, doctors, etc.; reviewing and refining its website marketing strategy and web-oriented marketing relationships; continuing to review and streamline the payroll process; strengthening front office support at satellite locations; and planning for infrastructure/operational independence and sustainability. The Summit will continue to address these and other opportunities over the next 12 months through its Strategic Plan.

Recent accomplishments in the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan related to effectiveness and outcome measurements include:

1) Strengthened the Board by increasing the number of board members by ensuring representation from each satellite location;
2) Increased breadth of clinical program offerings by expanding Play Therapy, DBT, and School-Based therapy programs and counseling sites;
3) Increased the number of clinical hours by 12%;
4) Obtained grant training and support to increase number of local, state, federal and foundation grants submitted annually;
5) Compensation models reviewed and implemented with further staff incentives and scaling;
6) Strengthened Operating Reserve and paid off all lines of credit;
7) Investigated accreditation through nationally recognized Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and contracted with CARF consultant.

Financials

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The Summit Counseling Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. J. David Smith

Euramax International, Inc. (Retired Chairman, President and CEO)

Karen Ford

Community Representative and Mental Health Advocate

Andrew Gibson

Partner, BDO Atlanta

Justin Hester

Attorney, Hester Outman LLC

Sid Linton

Representative, Dunwoody United Methodist Church

Chuck McElroy

CEO, Deep Fiber Solutions, Inc.

Jim Pope

Retired, Chairman North Georgia Division, Renasant Bank

Barbara Williams

President, Medical Education Advocates

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/12/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data