Los Alamos Family Council is more than a counseling center. LAFC also operates two Youth Activity Centers.
The Youth Activity Centers are a natural part of LAFCs mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse. The programming focus of the Activity Centers is on youth resiliency, a safe, supervised environment and positive adult role models. There are two Youth Activity Centers (YAC)-one in Los Alamos on the east side of Ashley Pond and one in White Rock located behind the White Rock Library. Jordan Redmon is the Program Director of the YACs. The program provides free supervised activities for youth in grades 3-8. Last year there were over 14,000 visits. The YAC is open every day after school, during school in service days and vacations, and during the summer. The YACs are closed on weekends and legal holidays.
Funding for YAC programs comes primarily from LA County, United Way, and private donations.
The Counseling Center supports the mission with emphasis on counseling, education, and prevention. The Counseling Center is the original core of LAFC services and continues to offer a full range of behavioral health services for Los Alamos and surrounding counties. Cheryl Pongratz is the Program Director for the Counseling Center.
LAFC is governed by an active Board of Directors, supported by the Executive Director (Joy Beery), and Program Directors for the two programs that make up LAFC.
Los Alamos Family Council incorporated in 1962 as a small counseling center. We have expanded to include a full range of counseling services for mental health and substance abuse.
Funding at LAFC Counseling Center is from New Mexico Medicaid (Centennial Care), New Mexico Department of Health, United Way of Northern New Mexico, and donations from private donors. There is a reduced rate for those who are self pay and extremely flexible payment plans are available. We are located in Los Alamos but serve clients from the entire region.