El Futuro began when a group of volunteer psychiatrists, doctors, social workers and community leaders recognized a need for culturally appropriate mental health and substance abuse care for central North Carolina’s growing Latino population. Meeting during evenings and weekends, this group shared a vision and soon incorporated El Futuro as a nonprofit in 2004.
The last ten years have been a “stormy season” for North Carolina’s public mental health agencies. Budget cuts and poor planning has unfortunately led to staff desertion, fraud and unethical practices by many agencies offering public mental health services. Over the same period of time, the immigrant population has continued to grow exponentially. The needs of this growing Latino community have challenged an already frail state behavioral health system. During this time, El Futuro has built a stable program based upon solid partnerships and sound practices.