Access Institute | Why We’re Here
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We provide 12,000 sessions of mental health care to more than 600 people every year. We serve people of all ages who are low-income and not covered by insurance or whose insurance either pays for limited sessions or applies high deductibles and co-pays.
  • 61% of the people we serve earn less than $24,000 per year
  • 56% are either unemployed or work part-time
  • 53% report a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problem
  • 37% struggle with substance abuse problems
  • 35% have been recently suicidal or have made past attempts
  • 30% report an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score of four or more, which is a score above the threshold that research has shown to increase ones risk of chronic and severe psychological, social, and health problems.


We develop partnerships in our community that enable us to meet patients where they are—in schools, at senior day centers, and community centers. We serve those in need at any age—from 4 to 104. And we work hard everyday to help reduce the stigma of living with mental health issues.

We have created a successful treatment model that provides high-quality mental health services that are flexible, responsive and tailored to individual needs. We work holistically, as intensively as necessary and for as long as people need care. Those who come to us in crisis find stability; we help people invest in themselves, develop their internal capacities and strengthen their relationships. We facilitate healing and change.
We have trained over 125 mental health care professionals in our innovative model, which combines a psychodynamic or “depth” approach with one that appreciates the complex impact of social forces on individuals and families and strives to meet the needs of our diverse community.
Number of years that an
untreated major mental illness
can shorten the life span
53%Percentage of adults with histories
of childhood trauma who are
diagnosed with depression
Percentage of adults with histories of
childhood trauma who are diagnosed
with post traumatic stress disorder