• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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: 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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  • Five Decades of Changed Lives

    By Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Center President and CEO

    June 05, 2017

    Don’t you just love a celebration? So do I and we are busy planning the 50th Anniversary of David Lawrence Center. And you’re invited! We want the entire community to join us in marking this milestone. It’s a big deal . . ....

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  • DLC Music Therapy with logo

    Music Therapy’s Unique Power to Promote Healing

    By Michael Rohrbacher, Ph.D., MT-BC, Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music & the Arts

    April 28, 2017

    Therapy for mental illness is about change in the best possible way. Now think about music and you'll realize that music is rich with change. The notes of the melody change. Rhythms constantly change. Chords change. Continual change is one of many commonalities...

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  • Healthcare Network DLC Family Care

    Healthcare Network Moves In Launching a New Collaboration to Treat the Whole Person

    By Michael Ellis, Chief Executive Officer Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

    April 24, 2017

    We are excited about the new collaboration that starts May 1st, 2017 between David Lawrence Center and Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. This alliance of two longstanding healthcare providers will benefit the clients and patients of both organizations, as it creates a new...

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  • Create your own music.

    Music Therapy Enriches DLC’s Holistic Care Approach

    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 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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