To light the way toward recovery for those with substance use and mental health disorders through education, advocacy and the gift of hope.


The PIER Recovery Community Center

1002 Monmouth Street

Newport, Kentucky 41071


(859) 547-6539

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Pro Bono Counseling

Pro Bono Counseling

Pro Bono Counseling links volunteer mental health professionals in the community with those who need but cannot afford mental health counseling in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  The program's volunteers are licensed and insured mental health professionals and Master level Counseling and Social Work students who provide short term counseling (6-12 sessions or less) at no cost to the recipient.

Clients are referred by Community Mental Health Centers, self referrals, schools and universities, social service organizations, victims’ services, churches, hospitals, mental health professional associations, other non-profit organizations and volunteer clinicians (among many other sources). We also partner with community agencies to provide Pro Bono counseling services at their locations to reach a greater number of individuals and families in need which include Madisonville Education and Assistance Center, The Healing Center, Community Matters, Santa Maria/Joe Williams Center, Gateway Community College, University of the Cumberlands, The United Way, and Mental Health America Covington.

Apply for Pro Bono

Counseling Services

Become a Pro Bono

Counseling Service Provider 

Who is Eligible?

The Pro Bono Counseling Services is a free service available to adults who are unemployed, uninsured, under insured, or unable to afford traditional counseling services. These include individuals and families that are struggling with situations such as unemployment, life changes,depression, anxiety, grief, marital or family issues.

So individuals who might be best for pro bono counseling services would be...
• Uninsured
• Under insured – those with insurance, however mental health may not be covered, or deductible and/or co-pay is not affordable
• Unable to receive public or private help
• Unable to pay minimum sliding-fee scales
• Unemployed

Who is not Eligible?

While the PBCP is not appropriate for individuals with serious mental illness, The PIER has other sources of information and referral to connect people in need with appropriate and available mental health treatment. All PBCP clients are pre-screened for appropriateness. If at any point an individual is determined to need more intensive services than the PBCP can offer, they will be referred back to our triage services to be linked to the appropriate services.

So individuals who would not be appropriate for services would be...
• Struggling with drug and alcohol issues as the primary issue
• Needing high acuity level of care
• Suffering from chronic mental illness
• Under the age of 18 unless it is in the context of a family


Who can Volunteer?

The PIER Recovery Community Center recognizes that the depth of our volunteer pool is integral to providing the right service to each PBCP client. We are actively recruiting licensed mental health professionals from a variety of fields including social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and graduate students in these fields.

What are the benefits of volunteering?
As a PBCP volunteer, you will have the support of Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

We offer our volunteers:
• Professional liability insurance
• Counseling sites throughout Hamilton County
• Participation in the PBCP volunteer recognition event
• 6 free CEU’s through Mental Health America Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio Education Events

If you have a referral question, a client to refer, or a unique partnership to offer, please contact us at the information listed below.


Mindy Sponseller, PCC-S

Pro Bono Counseling Program Coordinator   

(513) 562-2582

Pro Bono Counseling is currently funded by The United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and private donations.