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  • Treatment not jail; ‘yes’ vote invests in mental health, saves for taxpayers

    October 12, 2018

     The following commentary, by Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Center President & CEO, ran in the Naples Daily News on October 11, 2018 (view the article here). Burgess was asked to explain how the new mental health facility proposed as part of a county...

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  • Bring More Mental Health Resources to Collier County: Vote YES in November

    September 24, 2018

    David Lawrence Center proudly supports the Naples Chamber of Commerce in the One Collier initiative. If you’re not familiar with One Collier, it is a political committee formed in Collier County by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce to support the passage of...

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  • Help for Troubled Students

    September 18, 2018

    Sen. Kathleen Passidomo is Legislator of the Year after passing a bill to provide every child in Florida schools with access to mental health services When State Senator Kathleen Passidomo was asked to chair a committee on education spending in Florida, she rounded...

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  • She Always Had Time to Talk

    September 18, 2018

    After almost three decades of service at DLC, Nancy Scheffer, who helped thousands of people, is lauded with a Lifetime Recognition Award. Nancy Scheffer will never forget that time, years ago, when she was working the midnight shift at David Lawrence Center when...

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  • Gift of Compassion

    August 06, 2018

    Local evangelist makes generous contribution to Mindful Compassion Initiative. Reverend Sheila Zellers of Motivated by Love Ministries is well aware of the toll that mental illness and addictions can take on a family—because she’s seen it in her own. And though she believes...

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  • It Runs in the Family

    August 03, 2018

    Shaun Kelly, son of longtime DLC supporter Polly Keller, has followed in his mother’s footsteps in dedicating most of his adult life to serving the organization. Polly Keller has devoted almost her entire adult life, nearly half a century, to the support of...

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  • Young Executives Catch the Vision

    August 03, 2018

    DLC’s Young Executives bring the center’s mission and message to a younger generation through advocacy, awareness, and fundraising. Allison Durian says she thinks she was born with philanthropy in her blood. “I was fortunate to grow up in Naples,” she says, “and my...

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  • Immokalee Office Meets Local Needs

    July 10, 2018

    David Lawrence Center opened its doors in 1969 with three staff members in a donated storefront. And it wasn’t long before the team realized a satellite office in Immokalee was needed. In the 1970s, DLC added a 12-bed adult substance abuse treatment facility...

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  • Onsite Convenience

    July 10, 2018

    DLC recently marked the one-year anniversary of its on-site pharmacy, located on the main campus. Operated by Genoa Healthcare, the pharmacy has been a great addition to DLC's services, indicating its commitment to integrated care. “It’s a huge convenience for the clients,” says...

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  • When Horses Are Healers

    May 15, 2018

    David Lawrence Center has long offered “horse therapy” as one of its holistic therapy services. But just recently, the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) has donated their equine therapy services to participants in the Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Officially known as “Equine...

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  • A New Feeling of Hope

    May 15, 2018

     “I am a different person than the person who came here. I am saying goodbye to the old me that couldn’t handle the past. I can no longer change the past, but I can live in the present. I have found myself.” That’s...

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  • More Help for Those Struggling with Substance Abuse Challenges

    April 13, 2018

    A federal grant for $360,000 will help DLC partner with the county drug court to help even more neighbors in need. Thanks to a new federal grant, David Lawrence Center will have the opportunity to help even more people in our community who...

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  • Reaching Out to Marco Island

    April 13, 2018

    David Lawrence Center is partnering with the new YMCA facility on Marco Island with an office and a clinician, taking their services to that part of the county. As the new YMCA facility was being built on Marco Island, the team at David...

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  • When Law Enforcement Is On Your Side

    March 12, 2018

    DLC Board Member Kevin Rambosk is a strong advocate for those struggling with mental illness and addiction. And it helps that he’s also our local Sheriff. Since the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla. last month left 17 people dead, students across the...

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  • Screenagers: How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

    March 12, 2018

    Teens spend up to 8 hours a day looking at screens. A new documentary takes a closer look at the ramifications . . . and you can see it at a special upcoming screening.  Dr. Delaney Ruston was asking herself the same question...

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  • DLC FY2016-2017 Annual Report Now Available

    February 17, 2018

    Each year, we publish an extensive annual report to show just how our generous donors and volunteers have helped shape the lives of clients and continue to allow the David Lawrence Center to fulfill its mission.  David Lawrence Center’s fiscal year 2017 provided...

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  • How Holistic Help Heals

    February 13, 2018

    Through a variety of holistic therapy programs, adults and children are finding ways to cope with life's stresses at David Lawrence Center. A 50-something man who was trapped in substance use for years finally found a way to beat his addiction by going...

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  • Bridging the Funding Gap: Why Your Support Is Needed

    December 06, 2017

    Government funding only goes so far at David Lawrence Center, where private gifts and donations are indispensable for the work we do. When it comes to state spending for mental health, Florida ranks 49th in the nation, almost at the bottom. Florida spends...

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  • All We Need Is Love

    December 06, 2017

    Naples Children and Education Foundation, founders of the Winter Wine Festival, will host “Meet the Kids Day” on January 26, where you can meet some of the children that are helped by the community’s support. Erin was having a difficult time negotiating the...

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  • What to Do About Housing Costs

    December 06, 2017

    It is difficult to provide for clients who need a place to live and to retain staff members who face rising housing costs. But you can help make a difference. When James Warnken moved to Collier County in the early 1980s, he was...

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  • Big Gift Was A Big Boost

    November 02, 2017

    A $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor, just as Hurricane Irma was leaving town, came just at the right time—in the wake of a difficult crisis. After Hurricane Irma pounded our community in early September, David Lawrence Center faced a number of urgent...

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  • 50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: When a Community Comes Together

    November 02, 2017

    In 1968, the new Collier County Mental Health Clinic was ready to roll, but they needed funding. The community came together to make it happen. One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th...

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  • The Best Thing Ever

    By Sarah

    November 02, 2017

    After surviving an abusive childhood, I was severely depressed, cutting myself, and wanting to die. I ended up at David Lawrence Center . . . and I started to feel hope for the first time. A little over a year ago, I was...

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  • Riding the Storm Out

    October 02, 2017

    Teamwork and Selfless Service in the Face of Adversity When Hurricane Irma hit, there were 20 clients, 29 staff, 5 dogs, and 2 cats holed up at David Lawrence Center. The clients, all at our inpatient facility, did not really have the option...

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    Free Community Support Groups for Coping After Irma

    September 22, 2017

    Not all of the damage from Irma is visible to the naked eye. Are you or someone you love struggling with the emotional and psychological impacts of Hurricane Irma? You are not alone. Natural disasters are traumatic, sudden, and overwhelming--oftentimes leaving survivors feeling...

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  • A Bigger (And More Positive) Impact than Irma

    September 20, 2017

    Contribute to DLC's Collier Mentally Strong Match Fund As many in our community are facing scarce resources and difficult conditions, they desperately need our services due to the psychological toll Irma has taken on them. We have limited storage space, but a mission...

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  • Hurricane Irma Update – 9/17/2017 2:00 pm

    September 15, 2017

    Hurricane Irma Update September 17th 2:00 p.m. Power and phone lines are now fully operational at our main campus in Naples and the Horseshoe Drive Satellite Office but NOT at our Immokalee location. As a result, David Lawrence Center will be fully operational...

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  • Generous Grant to Help Children

    September 05, 2017

    A $150,000 matching grant from the Schulze Family Foundation, their second large gift in as many years, will help complete our children’s outpatient center. For the second straight year, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has provided David Lawrence Center with a generous...

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  • It’s Okay to Struggle. It’s Normal.

    September 05, 2017

    New board member Dr. Reisha Brown, a pediatrician, wants families to know that mental health challenges are quite normal, and that help is available. In her 10 years practicing as a pediatrician in Naples, Dr. Reisha Brown has seen a steady rise in...

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  • “I just want to make a difference.”

    September 05, 2017

    County Commissioner Andy Solis is working hard to make our community’s mental health system more effective and efficient. On the one hand, Andy Solis knows how good things are in Collier County. After losing everything to a Communist dictatorship in Cuba, his parents...

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  • 50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: The First Lady of Mental Health

    September 05, 2017

    One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It’s been 47 years since Polly Keller was dubbed “The First Lady of Mental Health” by the Collier County Mental Health Clinic...

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  • 50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: Who Is David Lawrence, Anyway?

    August 08, 2017

    One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. David Lawrence Center wasn’t always known by that name. Founded as the Collier County Mental Health Clinic in 1968, it didn’t take...

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    August 08, 2017

    As the man described a difficult and dangerous journey with his personal war on drugs — including crime, fights, and prison — two high school girls listened in disbelief. Abby and Rachel, seniors at the prestigious Community School of Naples, had never heard...

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  • 50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: A Tree Grows in Naples

    July 05, 2017

    One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Center, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. If you’ve visited David Lawrence Center, you’ve no doubt seen the huge banyan tree in the front parking lot. You can’t miss...

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  • Driven to Provide Exceptional Care

    July 05, 2017

    David Lawrence Center’s Community Services cover a wide range of things — including driving to all corners of Collier County’s nearly 2,000 square miles. That requires reliable transportation, and that’s why we’re grateful for a recent $15,000 gift from the Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church...

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  • A Place of Sanctuary

    July 05, 2017

    Interior designer Lisa Kahn, whose teen daughter turned her life around at DLC, brought the outdoors indoors to provide a peaceful setting for children. In the 1980s, the Japanese invented something they call shinrin-yoku, loosely translated to English as “forest bathing.” It’s the...

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  • “Eye-Opening and Rewarding”

    July 01, 2017

    Pam seemed withdrawn, almost hostile. A teenage girl in the partial hospitalization program at David Lawrence Center, Pam clearly didn’t want to have anything to do with the activity. Eight graduate students at Florida Gulf Coast University, all pursuing master’s degrees in occupational...

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  • Like Hell on Earth

    By Alberto

    July 01, 2017

    No one should have to live like I did a few years ago. It was about as bad as you could imagine. I hated my life, and I thought about killing myself . . . especially when I thought about how far I’d...

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  • “I Would Lash Out at My Family”

    June 05, 2017

    Giselle’s anger was out of control, and it hit her family the hardest . . . sometimes quite literally. When Giselle lost her cool, she would yell and scream, throw things, break things, and strike her siblings. Her mom, a single mother of...

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  • What You Need to Know About 13 Reasons

    By Karen Buckner, David Lawrence Center Director of Children’s Community Services

    June 05, 2017

    13 Reasons Why, the Netflix TV series about a high school girl’s suicide, is popular with teen viewers, in spite of its dark, heavy, and controversial subject matter. Parents and mental health experts can’t agree on whether it’s appropriate for teens to watch:...

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