In 1969 the Beverly Hills Board of Education and the Beverly Hills City Council jointly funded a community study recommending how Beverly Hills might consider addressing growing community problems. Following this study, the Beverly Hills Community Advisory Committee was formed, and in July 1972 the Board of Education assigned a liaison from the Beverly Hills Unified School District to serve as the Director of Training for The Maple Center, located on Maple Drive.
Initially, The Maple Center focused on the increase in substance use identified by concerned parents and community members. Paraprofessionals and student peer counselors were initially utilized to provide services, but within a short time the Center hired professional clinical staff to address the growing needs of the community.
Since our founding, we have become The Maple Counseling Center, and have expanded programs to people of all ages living in all areas of Los Angeles County. Today, with the help of trainees, interns, psychological assistants, and older adult peer counselors, services are provided at our headquarters clinic, at local schools, and in collaboration with community partners. All services are provided under the supervision of licensed clinical staff members, who also coordinate the Center’s programs. The primary goal of The Maple Counseling Center remains providing low fee counseling for those in need, where no one is turned away for lack of funds.