Peninsula Counseling Center marks 100th anniversary

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Kastan said that PCC has a solid reputation and is well respected by other medical institutions. He explained that the organization’s goal is to remain on the “cutting edge” when it comes to mental health services and drug and alcohol dependence programs.

“There’s a special quality to the organization,” he said. “The reputation we have is something I think really distinguishes us. We’re very proud of it.”

Steve Bernstein, president of the Board of Directors, said PCC offers personal service for its clients and performs miracles every day, and that is why it has such a long history of success. He said the goal is to be around another century, but that will require continued support from donors. “If we don’t get the community behind us, we might not be here in the next 100 years,” he said.

Bernstein added that in the current economic environment, it is an accomplishment for any good-will organization that can continue on its path. PCC’s reliance on insurance reimbursements and government support makes the times ahead very challenging, he said.

Kastan said non-profit agencies come and go, and the number of organizations offering the services that PCC does is shrinking. That makes the 100th anniversary all the more special. “While it’s just a number,” Kastan said, “I think a century of service is pretty impressive.”

Anniversary section

The Herald will be publishing a special section to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Peninsula Counseling Center in May. For advertising opportunities, call (516) 569-4000 ext. 273 or email If you’d like to share a success story or a memory about PCC, call (516) 569-4000 ext. 265 or email

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