About Us

“It’s a privilege to help people who otherwise really couldn’t access mental health counseling. I’ve met some very inspiring clients throughout this process.”

- Israela Meyerstein, LCSW-C, Lutherville MD

Providing Access to Care for over 20 Years

The Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) ensures that uninsured and under-insured, low-income Maryland families and individuals in need of mental health care are linked with licensed mental health professionals who provide care on a volunteer basis at no cost. PBCP, a non-profit 501c (3) corporation which began in 1991, supports the volunteer efforts of participating clinicians, by distributing those cases that could not be served by any other means, and collecting and reporting data.

Since 1991, more than 25,700 uninsured, low income families and individuals throughout Maryland were linked with 1,754 licensed and insured therapists who donated in excess of 96,000 hours for their care.  The equivalent value of this donation exceeds $8.8 million.  Therapists donate their livelihood so that these families and individuals can have access to mental health care. The types of requests for services from the 2012-2013 year are illustrated below:

PBCP is a Standards for Excellence Organization

MANO logo - Includes a box being checked off to indicate excellenceThe Pro Bono Counseling Project passed the Standards for Excellence certification program and earned the Seal of Excellence from the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations.  The Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence® Program is designed to promote excellence and integrity in nonprofit organizations. 


Mission, Vision & Values

The Pro Bono Counseling Project’s mission is to ensure that uninsured and underinsured Marylanders requesting mental health care are provided access to volunteer licensed mental health professionals and other necessary supportive services.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project’s vision is the availability of quality mental healthcare for all those in need.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project’s values are a commitment to compassion, dignity, resourcefulness, respect, stewardship and teamwork for all of our stakeholders.


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