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Jan 11, 2012 10:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Family Counseling Services Merges with Family Service League

Jan 11, 2012 11:11 AM

Two local non-profit agencies dedicated to helping those in need recently teamed up to provide even more effective service.

Family Counseling Services (FCS), a agency based on Main Street in Westhampton Beach that provides treatment and crisis intervention to those in need, has merged its operations with Family Service League (FSL), one of Long Island’s largest human service agencies. Officials representing both agencies said the merger, which became official on January 1, will provide even more comprehensive and far-reaching services across the East End and in Brookhaven Town.

“It’s a good thing,” said Judy Margolis, the former executive director of FCS and now the director of special projects for FSL, on Wednesday morning. “Combining Family Counseling Services and Family Service League will ensure and expand on the continued delivery of vital behavioral services and programs to local children and families in crisis.”

Ms. Margolis assured that families that have come to depend on FCS’s vital services will not see any change in those services. She added that the organization still plans to host its annual gala and organize other fundraising activities that help finance the services that are offered to clients.

“We’re going to do all the things we’ve always done in the community and continue to service families in Westhampton Beach,” Ms. Margolis said. “We’ll have a presence. People should not be concerned that we won’t be here, because we will be.”

Established in 1971, FCS is a community based, United Way agency that provides treatment, prevention, education, crisis intervention and support services at offices in Westhampton Beach, Shirley and East Yaphank. The agency assists more than 6,000 people each year.

Partnering with FSL, which was established in 1926 and serves 47,000 people each year, means an enhanced ability to help those reaching out for help during difficult times, representatives of both groups said. FSL offers counseling services and programming for the mentally ill, those suffering from drug abuse, and assistance for at-risk youth.

“Both organizations have a shared mission and demonstrated record of success in delivering quality services through professional, dedicated staffs and highly effective programming,” said Scott J. Skorobohaty, the chairman of the board for FCS. “Drawing on 125 years of collective experience in helping individuals and families in crisis, the combined organization will provide even greater service and support to those who need us the most.”

Barbara Page, chairwoman of the FSL’s Board of Directors, said the merger will benefit those who have come to rely on both agencies’ broad spectrum of behavioral health programs and social services. “The addition of Family Counseling Services’ experienced board members further strengthens and expands Family Service League’s ability to provide a critical safety net for people who have nowhere else to turn for help.”

Moving forward, Karen Boorshtein, the president and CEO of FSL, will lead the merged organization. FCS will operate as a division of FSL, officials explained, with Ms. Margolis continuing as a key member” of the team.

“FSL will maintain a strong commitment to the Westhampton community, where FCS has benefited from the generous support of local donors for many years,” Ms. Boorshtein said. “This will continue to be a high priority for us going forward.”

According to their most recent filings with the Internal Revenue Service, FSL reported a total program revenue of $26 million for 2010, while FCS reported $2.3 million in revenue for the same period.

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