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    Music Therapy Enriches DLC’s Holistic Care Approach

    By By Phara L. Morame, Acute Care Clinical Supervisor

    April 04, 2017

    As the clinical supervisor of our Crisis Stabilization Unit, I oversee the holistic care we provide to clients—therapies that address the full range of their psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Our new music therapy program, which we recently started in cooperation with...

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    Another Evidence-Based Therapy Added to Outpatient Treatment

    By By Natalie Garcia, LMHC Director of Admission Services and Outpatient Therapy Services

    March 05, 2017

    David Lawrence Center has added the evidence-based treatment tool called Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) to our arsenal of outpatient therapies. Several of our therapists are already trained in the therapy and are using this effective technique to help clients suffering a wide range...

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    Meet Local Mental Health Heroes at our Mental Health Month Open House and Grand Opening in May

    March 01, 2017

    During National Mental Health Awareness Month, each year in May the mental health community joins together to reaffirm our commitment to building a better understanding of mental illnesses, increasing access to treatment and spreading awareness about the importance of good mental health for...

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    Changing Lives One Step at a Time

    By By Jeanne Nealon, Laces of Love co-founder and president

    January 30, 2017

    In 1981, I was a young middle school teacher in Naples. One day, I drove a student home to a migrant camp. He was wearing the worst pair of shoes I’d ever seen. What’s more, they didn’t fit the boy. “Oh Miss, I...

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    Mental Health Challenges Facing Teens & College Students

    By By Elena Zerpa, MD, Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist

    January 27, 2017

    Did you know suicide is the second most common cause of death among today’s college students? A growing number of students have significant psychological problems, with increased levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. I believe this disturbing trend results from many factors. Today’s...

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    GRANT AWARDED TO ENHANCE FORENSIC REINTEGRATION

    January 03, 2017

    The State of Florida Department of Children and Families awarded Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services a criminal justice mental health and substance abuse reinvestment grant to expand the Collier County Forensic Intensive Reintegration Support Team (FIRST) program. The three-year grant totals...

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    “PEOPLE HAVE A HEART TO GIVE.”

    By DARCY TAYLOR, DIRECTOR OF CONSTITUENT RELATIONS

    January 03, 2017

    Each year, as we plan our "Magical Musical Tour; Dancing through the Decades" annual gala, we identify a specific area of need within David Lawrence Center and the community that would benefit from a special funding segment, in which all funds raised go...

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    “I WANT MY ARTWORK TO HELP PEOPLE CHANGE.”

    By Jayde

    November 30, 2016

    Before starting counseling services with David Lawrence Center (DLC), I was hopeless and felt nothing would ever change. I had several admissions to the Crisis Unit because I wanted to end the pain I felt inside. It seemed like no one around me...

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    COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT FUNDS NEW OUTDOOR FITNESS AND RECREATION AREA FOR EXPANDED CHILDREN’S CRISIS UNIT

    November 30, 2016

    The Children’s Crisis Unit outdoor space is going green… literally. Thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County, we are now able to create an outdoor fitness and recreation area that promotes healing and recovery. The Children’s Crisis Unit...

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    CIT PROGRAM TRAINS 1,000TH GRADUATE

    November 24, 2016

    David Lawrence Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) recently celebrated a momentous milestone when the 1,000th graduate of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program was honored along with fellow classmates during a recent graduation...

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    Powerful and Energetic “Decades” Show Planned at Magical Musical Tour 2017 Gala

    November 02, 2016

    Shine up your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie at the “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades” 2017 gala, to celebrate David Lawrence Center’s 50 years of serving the mental health and addiction services needs of our community. Being that...

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    Feeling Good and Doing Good

    By Diana Pleeter, General Manager, Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc.

    November 02, 2016

    By Diana Pleeter, General Manager, Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc. What could be better than feeling comfortable in jeans while supporting a great cause? But let me backtrack . . . Foundation of Pelican Marsh, Inc. is a homeowners association that takes care...

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    David Lawrence Center Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

    October 19, 2016

    Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health...

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    NEARLY NEW THRIFT STORE DONATIONS CAN NOW BENEFIT DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER THROUGH NEW AFFILIATION

    By Loyal Encore Resale Shop customers can now continue to support DLC

    October 06, 2016

    Our loyal Encore customers and donors can now continue to support David Lawrence Center through a new collaboration with Nearly New Thrift and Consignment of Naples. Located just down the street from our former Encore Resale Shop location which closed in July, Nearly...

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    BARNES & NOBLE BRIGHTENS CHILDREN’S DAYS AT DLC

    By JESSICA OLSON, COMMUNITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, BARNES & NOBLE, INC.

    October 04, 2016

    It all started with my tour of David Lawrence Center.  As we walked through the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit, I learned that the center is enlarging the space. I was amazed at the great need in our community for mental health services for...

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    NEW ONSITE PHARMACY SERVICES WILL ADVANCE INTEGRATED CARE

    October 04, 2016

    David Lawrence Center has partnered with Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company (Genoa), the sixth largest drug chain in the United States with over 325 pharmacies located on the campuses of community mental health centers, to provide integrated, full service pharmacy services on-site for...

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    SCIENCE PROVES IT: GIVING MAKES YOU HAPPY AND HEALTHY!

    August 30, 2016

    Research shows that charitable giving makes you feel happy and optimistic. What’s more, acting generously even helps you live longer! Plus, when you give, others will too. 5 Ways Giving to the David Lawrence Center is Good for YOU Giving to David Lawrence...

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    MATCHING GRANT KICK STARTS CRISIS UNIT EXPANSION FUNDING

    August 29, 2016

    Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and two lead gifts from local philanthropists Jodi Bertholdt and Jerry Nichols, the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit Expansion has been fully funded. The funds will cover the $250,000 construction...

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    DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER PARTICPATES IN BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS THIS AUGUST

    July 25, 2016

    David Lawrence Center is participating in several Back to School events throughout the month of August to spread the message to parents and their kids about our services and promote health and wellness through drug prevention and education and how to live mentally...

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    Your Naples Mental Health Center

    July 01, 2016

    Mental health is part of who we are: it is comprised of our emotional, psychological and social well-being. The lifetime chances of being affected by a mental health problem — whether it is your own or that of someone you know — is...

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    DLC BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CHILDREN’S OUTPATIENT SERVICES BUILDING

    June 28, 2016

    In June, members of the DLC Board of Directors and executive management along with our contractor Heatherwood Construction gathered to celebrate the official ground breaking of the new Children’s Outpatient Services Building. This new building will be located on the main Polly Keller...

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    LEAGUE CLUB GRANT HELPS EXPAND CHILDREN’S INPATIENT ART THERAPY PROGRAM

    April 26, 2016

    More children on the Crisis Stabilization Unit will benefit from the highly effective, evidence-based holistic art therapy service thanks to a $10,800 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club, Inc. The Crisis Stabilization Unit is an inpatient mental health unit...

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    FUNDRAISING EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO EXPAND CHILDREN’S SERVICES

    April 26, 2016

    In May, construction will begin on the expansion of the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit. The project will add four additional beds to our campus bringing the total bed capacity to eight for children and adolescents in need of emergency mental health care. The...

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    DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER YOUNG EXECUTIVES AND GULF COAST RUNNERS HOST BEACH BUM 5K APRIL 15, 2016

    March 29, 2016

    Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the David Lawrence Center Young Executives in partnership with Gulf Coast Runners will host...

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    CELEBRATE, SHARE AND EMBRACE YOUR FEELINGS INSIDE AND OUT THIS MAY DURING MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

    March 22, 2016

    Mental Health Month was started nearly 70 years ago by our local community partner Collier County Mental Health Association’s national organization, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This year’s Mental...

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    TELEHEALTH WEB-BASED COUNSELING EXPANDS

    February 01, 2016

    Speaking with a therapist has become easier and more convenient thanks to David Lawrence Center’s new and expanded TeleHealth Services.  Adults throughout the state of Florida can now access video counseling and coaching sessions with a variety of therapists who have diverse specialties....

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    MEEK FAMILY SUPPORTS CHILDREN’S ART THERAPY

    February 01, 2016

    The Meek Family, owners and operators of Naples’ oldest art gallery the Harmon-Meek Gallery, believe in supporting organizations in the community through their love of art. The family which consists of patriarch and gallery owner William and his wife Barbara and their daughters...

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    GRANT FUNDS NEW CHILDREN’S INPATIENT WELLNESS PROGRAM

    February 01, 2016

    Children on the Crisis Stabilization Unit will now benefit from the addition of wellness services while in our care thanks to a $10,000 grant provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. With this generous gift the Center will fund the new...

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  • Michael Israel performs his 'Concert of Art' at David Lawrence Center Gala, January 23, 2016, Naples, Florida, USA

    LIVE LIFE IN COLOR! GALA RAISES AN ESTIMATED $226,000

    February 01, 2016

    The Live Life in Color! Gala was held in January and hosted more than 300 supporters at the beautiful Naples Botanical Garden where guests were welcomed by bright, colorful flower adorned dancers who guided the way into the silent auction and cocktail reception....

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    THE POWER OF THE MATCH; 24-HOUR ONLINE GIVING CHALLENGE SET FOR FEBRUARY – MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

    February 01, 2016

    Matching gifts are highly effective, energizing fundraising tools that savvy donors often utilize to exponentially stretch the capacity of a lead donation. This fundraising season David Lawrence Center has been blessed to have seen the amazing power of this form of giving in...

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    David Lawrence Center Partners with Public Schools in Health Moves Physical Education Pilot Program

    January 04, 2016

    About half of all mental health conditions have their first onset in childhood or adolescence usually before the age of 14. As a result, David Lawrence Center is committed to advancing prevention, early identification and intervention strategies for children. Through our continued collaboration...

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    David Lawrence Center to Benefit from 24-Hour Online Giving Challenge “Give Where You Live” on February 29/March 1, 2016

    January 04, 2016

    David Lawrence Center is a proud partner of Give Where You Live Collier, our region’s awesome 24-hour online giving challenge. This exciting event is organized by the Community Foundation of Collier County and is set to launch at noon on February 29, 2016....

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    David Lawrence Center Launches New Crossroads Partial Hospitalization Program

    December 30, 2015

    The David Lawrence Center has enhanced its Crossroads substance abuse continuum through the addition of a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This level of care is designed for individuals who need intensive structured programming, but may not need 24-hour inpatient or residential support. Crossroads...

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    Student Mental Health Awareness Campaign Launched in Collier County Public Schools

    December 16, 2015

    Through efforts spearheaded by Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools, a new student mental health awareness campaign called “We Care” was launched in December 2015. This is one of several initiatives developed through a collaborative partnership between David Lawrence Center,...

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    David Lawrence Center Featured on NBC-2

    November 24, 2015

    Recently, the David Lawrence Center was featured on NBC-2 in a story about spending on mental healthcare in Florida. Take a look at a story close to David Lawrence Center's heart and learn more about the state of mental healthcare in Florida and Collier...

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    Carlos Cabrera Rides for Mental Health

    November 02, 2015

    You might say Carlos Cabrera has a “passion for our cause.” He so believes in the work being done by the David Lawrence Center that he took two days out of his life recently to cycle his way to Central Florida to raise...

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    New and Improved DavidLawrenceCenter.org

    November 02, 2015

    After several months of research, planning and development, the new DLC website design made its debut with much anticipation. Including vastly improved aesthetics, visuals and branding elements, many of the site changes were designed to make it more user friendly for visitors to...

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  • Collaborations At Work

    Collier County Sheriff’s Office Partnership Favors Treatment, Diverts From Jail

    November 02, 2015

    Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the David Lawrence Center have collaborated on the public safety, health and wellness of this community since the Center’s inception over 45 years ago. Under the leadership of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, this partnership has evolved and our...

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  • Season Kick Off

    ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF WITH $50,000 MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE

    November 02, 2015

    In June, we ended our 2014 - 2015 fiscal year and once again saw dramatic growth in caring for those in our community. Many of our programs saw double digit increases in individuals served, we added new services and enhanced collaborations with important...

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  • New State Funding for Innovative Medication-Assisted Treatment

    April 01, 2015

    Through a new appropriation passed by the Florida Legislature, funds are now being administered by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association to provide medication-assisted treatment (specifically Vivitrol®) to treat alcohol and opioid-addicted offenders in community-based drug treatment programs. Vivitrol® is a non-addictive...

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