• New State-of-the-Art Crisis Stabilization Unit Scheduled to Open November 1st

    October 02, 2012

    The opportunity to save a life can be fleeting. If someone is suffering from suicidal thoughts, addiction, abuse or psychosis, he or she should not be told to wait to seek treatment. Yet last year at the David Lawrence Center's Crisis Stabilization Unit,...

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  • Kelly Townsend Volunteers Her Expertise in Support of Our New future

    October 02, 2012

    As a dedicated board member, community advocate, volunteer, international speaker, writer and coach, Kelly Townsend is intent on one thing – results. Moving beyond the traditional work of an executive and corporate coach, she facilitates programs that consistently help organizations achieve stunning breakthroughs...

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  • Year End Estate Planning Made Easy

    October 02, 2012

    By: Sander D. Bleustein, CFP® Planned Giving Committee Member   The end of 2012 is quickly approaching and due to the looming changes in the estate tax law, many individuals are updating their estate plans. As part of this process, one of the...

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  • Recovery Month Awards Ceremony Celebrates Voices in Recovery

    October 02, 2012

    This September marked the 23rd annual National Recovery Month observance which is designed to celebrate the effectiveness of treatment services and the reality of recovery. This year's national theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: It's Worth It," emphasized that while the road to...

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  • Acute Care Expansion Underway; Community Support is Vital

    August 27, 2012

    From the CEO David Schimmel Due to your overwhelming response to our e-mail campaign in June, to advocate to the Collier County Board of Commissioners in support of our request for additional operational funding for the expanded Crisis Stabilization Unit, they voted unanimously...

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  • Corporate Partners Honored with Breakfast and Commemorative Brick

    August 27, 2012

    David Lawrence Center recently paid tribute to our corporate donors during the annual Corporate Partners breakfast hosted this summer on the Polly Keller Campus. Each corporate partner was given a Serenity Garden brick paver with their business name engraved on it as a...

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  • Naples Children & Education Foundation Helps Expand Children’s Services

    May 02, 2012

    With the help of two grants from our valued investors, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founder of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, David Lawrence Center will be able to expand a variety of services for children in need. These grants are...

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  • NAMI of Collier County Partnership Produces Big Benefits for Families in Need

    May 02, 2012

    NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in...

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  • SeaSalt Hosts Book Signing and Talk by Dr. David Perlmutter to Benefit DLC

    May 02, 2012

    Nearly 80 people attended a sold out luncheon hosted by our generous corporate supporter, Naples restaurant SeaSalt. The event featured a talk by our friend in the medical community, Dr. David Perlmutter, a Naples-based board certified neurologist who is a leading authority on...

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  • A Bold Vision for our Future

    May 02, 2012

    From the CEO David Schimmel With the support and guidance of our Center and Foundation Boards, the David Lawrence Center has recently completed the development of a new strategic plan that will transform our organization into the undisputed leader in mental health and...

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  • Saks Philanthropic Corporate Philosophy Produces a Winning Partnership during Shopping Event

    May 02, 2012

    Due to the overwhelming support of our donors and the efforts of the Saks Fifth Avenue Naples sales staff, David Lawrence Foundation just received a generous check for $9,370 from Saks, one of our longtime, steadfast corporate partners. The funds were raised during...

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  • DLC Recognized for Excellence Nationally…Twice

    May 02, 2012

    In April, David Lawrence Center was honored nationally among thousands of our peers for two separate awards at the 42nd Annual National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's Mental Health and Addictions Conference held in Chicago. The Center's "Integrated Approach to Staying Safe in...

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  • People Are Our Greatest Asset

    February 02, 2012

    From the CEO David Schimmel In order to be the undisputed leader in our field where people will experience life changing wellness, it takes a team of skillful, dynamic professionals who are committed to the lives we touch and the pursuit of excellence....

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  • Community Comes Out Strong to See the New Substance Abuse and Specialty Services Center during Open House

    February 02, 2012

    More than 100 guests including board members, donors, community partners, dignitaries, alumni association members and the media turned out for the Open House of the recently renovated and expanded Substance Abuse and Specialty Services Center. Guests were treated to refreshments, met the staff,...

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  • “Old Havana” Gala Breaks Fundraising Event Records

    February 02, 2012

    It was a record crowd as more than 450 sponsors, patrons and guests turned out for the David Lawrence Foundation's annual themed gala "Old Havana" at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. For the special evening, the décor recreated the Havana social clubs of the...

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  • Collier County Grants Fund New Emergency Back Up Generator to Operate Crisis Unit and Other Key Buildings

    February 02, 2012

    Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services has awarded the David Lawrence Center a Community Development Block Grant provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $175,000 and an additional $50,000 grant from the Health Facilities Authority will...

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  • Gulf Ball Scores Big for Mental Health

    February 02, 2012

    The David Lawrence Center Young Executives, a group consisting of a broad cross section of business professionals and others from throughout Collier County whose mission is to build awareness of the Center and Foundation, hosted 80 attendees at its annual charitable event, Gulf...

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  • Volunteer Helps Launch Music Therapy Program at Crossroads

    February 02, 2012

    Raymond Griggs passionately believes in the therapeutic value of music and giving back to the community. He has been conducting music therapy on a volunteer basis for more than seven years in local hospital, hospice and substance abuse treatment settings. As the newest...

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  • Crossroads Expands, Moves into Beautiful, New Space

    October 02, 2011

    Over the summer, the residential substance abuse clients and staff moved into a beautiful, new renovated space on the Center's main campus. The renovations, thoughtfully designed by PK Studios and carefully constructed by Gulf Coast Construction, brought balance to nature and environmentally conscience...

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  • Partners in Recovery Honored During Recovery Month Awards Ceremony

    October 02, 2011

    In honor of National Recovery Month, held every September, the David Lawrence Center in partnership with dedicated volunteers from our Alumni Association hosted an awards ceremony to honor several "Partners in Recovery" in our community. Recovery Month celebrates the millions of Americans whose...

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  • Volunteers Participate in “Demolition Day” at David Lawrence

    October 02, 2011

    On a hot and humid Saturday over the summer, the David Lawrence Foundation rallied dozens of energetic volunteers representing the David Lawrence Center Young Executives, Fifth Third Bank and Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church. The groups turned out in force to assist with an interior...

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  • Trinity-by-the-Cove Grant Funds Scholarship Medication Program for Disadvantaged Children and Adults

    October 02, 2011

    Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church has generously awarded the Center an $18,000 grant to fund the Scholarship Medication Program which provides full or partially discounted psychotropic medications to disadvantaged adults and children in acute mental health crises and those with serious mental illnesses who can...

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  • Save-the-Date for

    October 02, 2011

    The David Lawrence Center Young Executives annual event "Gulf Ball" will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, 7065 Hamilton Ave. in south Naples. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. and include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music and...

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  • Pave the Way with David Lawrence

    October 02, 2011

    The first round of bricks have officially been installed in the David Lawrence Center Serenity Garden and now you too are invited to create a legacy by purchasing a commemorative brick to honor and celebrate someone special or recognize those dear to you....

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  • Make Plans to Spend an Evening in

    October 02, 2011

    The David Lawrence Foundation invites you to spend an evening in "Old Havana" at our signature fundraiser gala on Friday, January 20th at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples. This annual destination driven event, named the 2011 Best Themed Event by Gulfshore Life Magazine,...

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  • New 2011-2012 Board Officers Elected

    July 02, 2011

    The David Lawrence Foundation is pleased to announce the election of its 2011-2012 officers to the Board of Trustees. Each of the following board officers will serve a two-year term: Michael Benson, Chairman. Benson is the Chief Executive Officer of Insurance Management Consultants,...

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  • Donors Recognized at Appreciation Luncheon

    July 02, 2011

    Approximately 30 long-time donors and loyal supporters of the David Lawrence Center were recognized recently at an Appreciation Luncheon held at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. At the event, supporters were honored for their generous financial contributions and received an update on...

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  • Gala Honored as “Best Themed Event”

    July 02, 2011

    Gulfshore Life magazine has recently recognized the David Lawrence Foundation's 2011 annual gala event as the Best Themed Event in Southwest Florida. The event recreated elements of India's intoxicatingly rich history, exquisite palaces and temples, opulent royal cities, and diverse kaleidoscope of landscapes....

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  • DLC Poised to be one of the First Community Mental Health Centers in Florida to Receive HITECH Act Federal Incentive Payment

    July 02, 2011

    The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, designated $19 billion for providers who can demonstrate "meaningful use" of certified Electronic Health Records (EHR). This month, the David...

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  • Child’s Path Preschool Wins Naples Daily News Reader’s Choice Awards

    July 01, 2011

    Naples Daily News handed out awards to Southwest Florida's best of the best and this year, the David Lawrence Center's program won the Choice Star Award for best child care. Each year, the Naples Daily News asks its readers to vote in 122...

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  • New Acute Care Psychiatrist Adds Additional Expertise to Growing Medical Team

    July 01, 2011

    Evelio H. Sosa, M.D., is the newest member of the David Lawrence Center's diverse, expert As an Adult Staff Psychiatrist in the Acute Services Department he will provide psychiatric medical services for the inpatient Crisis Stabilization Unit , Baker Act Receiving Facility and...

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  • League Club Provides $10,000 Grant to Improve Access to Innovative, New Telemedicine Services in Immokalee

    July 01, 2011

    The Civic Involvement Committee of The League Club, Inc. recently awarded the David Lawrence Center and Foundation a $10,000 grant from their Community Trust Fund. The grant will be used to fund the purchase of a new vehicle in order to improve access...

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  • David Lawrence Center Board Member and Children’s Book Author Gives Talk and Donates Books to Kids in Collier County Public Schools

    July 01, 2011

    One of the newest members of the David Lawrence Center Caryn Hacker-Buechel, spent the day just before summer break representing the Center's extensive . She spoke to several classes of children throughout the day at the Mike Davis Elementary School and Gulfview Middle...

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  • David Lawrence Center Young Executives Hosts Third Friendraiser

    July 01, 2011

    The David Lawrence Center Young Executives gathered recently at a local establishment to raise funds and build awareness of the comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment programs and services available in Collier County. More than 60 people attended the event. In addition...

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  • Criminal Justice Reinvestment Grant Awarded to Enhance Forensic Reintegration

    April 01, 2011

    The Department of Children and Families has awarded Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services a criminal justice mental health and substance abuse reinvestment grant. The grant is for $182,830 per year for three years and required a 100% match and an active...

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  • Donated Car Delivers In-Home, Community Based Mental Health Services to Children in Need

    April 01, 2011

    David Lawrence Foundation Corporate Partner Mutual of Omaha Bank has generously donated a 2003 PT Cruiser in excellent condition to the David Lawrence Center. The car is being utilized to provide free mental health treatment to children and adolescents residing in Collier, Lee,...

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  • Young Professionals Hosts Wine Tasting

    April 01, 2011

    The Young Professionals for David Lawrence hosted a special wine tasting event in March at Tony's off Third in Old Naples. The Young Professionals for David Lawrence consists of a broad cross section of business professionals and other individuals from throughout the community....

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  • SunTrust Employees Support Events Through Volunteerism

    April 01, 2011

    The David Lawrence Foundation recently hosted one of its most successful fundraisers, "India: An Exotic Journey" at the Naples Yacht Club. More than 350 patrons, sponsors and other special guests attended the sold-out event. Much of the success of this event was due...

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  • Tele-Psychiatry Improves Care and Access for DLC Patients in Immokalee

    January 01, 2011

    A six month Tele-Psychiatry Pilot Project by ValueOptions®, the nation's largest independent behavioral health care company who manages the Collier County pre-paid Medicaid contract for child and adult services, and David Lawrence Center (DLC) has proved that communication technology can bring doctors, therapists...

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  • The Gift That Keeps Giving

    October 01, 2009

    By: Dr. Thomas E. Dieters, Vice President, Comerica Bank Charitable Services Group Where else can you go in today's financial environment to find a vehicle that pays attractive rates (75% to 80% of the income can be tax free), can reduce your tax...

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