History of FMCS, Inc.
Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. (FMCS) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community health center that was founded in 1976 and moved to our current Anacostia location in 1977. FMCS’s mission is to use a community-based, culturally appropriate approach to provide comprehensive, holistic services that promote the emotional and physical health of families and individuals regardless of income or social status, and maximize their quality of life.
Minority operated since its inception, we place a high priority on providing culturally competent and relevant services for racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities. Our distinguished history of providing services to African
American communities east of the Anacostia River has heightened and reinforced ourability to interact with and treat our clients in culturally sensitive, responsive, appropriate, and relevant ways.
FMCS has developed and delivered educational, prevention, and treatment services to address the critical healthcare and social service needs of African American communities. Although FMCS clients come from all parts of the District of Columbia, our focus is on communities east of the Anacostia River. Our client population contains a significant number of persons with special needs, including alcohol and other drug users, ex-offenders, and homeless persons. Our services include: community outreach, outpatient alcohol and other substance abuse education and treatment, primary medical care, mental health services, case management, traffic alcohol education and counseling, and support services.
For more than two decades, in response to the disproportionate impact of the HIV epidemic in the communities we serve, FMCS developed a special focus on HIV disease. FMCS offers a comprehensive continuum of care from prevention to treatment for people who are living with HIV/AIDS and people whose behaviors place them at high risk for HIV infection. These services include: medical case management, primary medical care, food bank services, medical nutrition therapy, mental health therapy, substance abuse treatment, HIV treatment adherence, HIV counseling, testing, and referral services, evidence-based HIV prevention groups, gender-specific support groups, and needle exchange services.