DLC Receives Grant From the Community Foundation to Improve Access to Mental Health Treatment

April 16th, 2019

Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Center (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) has awarded DLC a $27,500 grant to support its Access to Mental Health Care Program, which is designed to reduce or remove barriers to mental health treatment.

The funds will help provide vulnerable adults in Collier County with access to medication management, psychotropic medications, language interpretation services, transportation costs, and program coordination.

A portion of the funds will be used for psychiatric medical services.  These services include medication evaluation, administration and management.  Clients will also receive monitoring to ensure prescription compliance. For the uninsured, psychiatric medical services and the medications can be cost-prohibitive barriers to effective treatment and recovery.

Additionally, translation services will be provided to help give individuals with language barriers swift access to mental health care. DLC contracts with certified interpreters for in-person, video, and telephone translation services in multiple languages (including Spanish, Haitian Creole, and American Sign Language) to ensure each person in need of interpretation will receive optimal benefit from their treatment.

As a result of the grant, vulnerable individuals will also receive transportation assistance. Uber vouchers and/or bus passes enable clients in need to keep appointments and fill their prescriptions which improves their ability to adhere to their treatment plan.

David Lawrence Center CEO Scott Burgess said, “The Community Foundation and their supporters continue to make a significant impact on the lives of those struggling with mental illness in our community.  Without proper treatment and medications, those who are challenged with these issues are at increased risk of relapse, psychological crisis, and/or admission to a Crisis Stabilization Unit.  These funds ensure our most vulnerable citizens can access the care they need to maintain their recovery.”

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. CFCC awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund which is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the community’s most current needs. CFCC has distributed more than $130 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs since its inception. With more than $172 million in assets, CFCC is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000.

About David Lawrence Center

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Center is a national leader in providing world-class mental health and addiction recovery solutions for children, adolescents and adults. The Center’s innovative, integrated treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, David Lawrence Center creates life-changing wellness for more than 9,600 people through over 266,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500.

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