Charlyne McFarland
Therapy Assistance Program

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The Charlyne McFarland Therapy Assistance (CMTS) was founded in January 2020 to honor the memory of BGS' founder Lauren Carson's grandmother, Charlyne McFarland.  Charlyne McFarland dedicated her life's work to provide social services to the most vulnerable and under-served communities.

​The CMT Assistance Program aims to alleviate the financial burden of seeking therapy for young African American women and girls. Through the CMT Assistance Program, BGS and our partners connect Black women and girls with culturally, racially, and gender competent & sensitive providers to meet therapeutic needs. 

The CMT Assistance provides financial support for approximately 2-6 of therapy sessions with a licensed mental health professional. Recipients have the option to work with a current licensed mental health provider, our vetted provider list, or through one of our provider partner networks such as Open Path Collective, BetterHelp, and TalkSpace.

BGS is currently accepting requests from individuals that identify as Black/African American and femme (including pronouns she/her/hers and they/their/theirs)

Please complete the form below to help our team evaluate your request for therapy resources.


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