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The Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services is a francophone community organization incorporated as a charitable non-profit organization and is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers.

The HKSRFCS offer, in both official languages, a variety of programs and services in mental health and intervention with victims of violence and critical incidents in communities across the Cochrane north District.

Obtaining its funding mainly from three Ontario government ministries, the organization must meet the MOHLTC, MCSS and MPG requirements in the management of funds and delivery of programs and services.

The ancestor of HKSRFCS was established in 1980 under the name of Sensenbrenner Community Mental Health Services, a program administered by the Kapuskasing Sensenbrenner hospital, becoming in November 1988, the Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services. Finally, in 2003 the organization has officially confirmed its status as a francophone organization.

With regard to the provision of services, HKSRFCS began with the mandate to offer a range of mental health services and in 1987 he merged the Habitat Interlude, which provides services to women abused and their children. In 2006, a Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service have been added. The integration of these three programs under one roof and more in a francophone organization is unique in Ontario.

The staff of the organization includes 52 employees and 40 volunteers. Of this number, 32 staff members are divided into several teams of professionals in mental health and helping relations, and the majority of volunteers are involved in providing services to victims of violence and critical incidents.