Community Services Admissions
Community Services are offered to adults 18 years or older with a diagnosed mental health disorder and/or co-existing deficits in one or more areas of functioning. These clients often have multiple losses in their immediate support system and numerous needs that require a variety of services and/or resources to meet those needs. Community Services are community based and provided throughout Collier County. Adults can access these services in Naples and Immokalee, but must meet certain clinical criteria to enter into the program determined by a clinician through a comprehensive clinical assessment.
Case Management Services are designed to help the individual achieve an optimal level of independence by coordinating training in the areas of basic living skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, medication management, socialization and finding and maintaining employment if appropriate. These services are provided in the individual’s natural environment and include assessments and referrals that link clients with a variety of community resources. Clients are monitored regularly to ensure an ongoing continuity of care is maintained, newly identified needs are addressed and progress is being achieved toward treatment plan goals.
Supported Living Services
Supported Living Services provide training in the areas of basic living skills such as budgeting, cooking, medication management, shopping, cleaning, hygiene and safety. Social rehabilitation skills training is also provided including topics such as conflict resolution, effective communication, community integration, boundaries, interaction and development of support systems. These services are provided to enhance the person’s recovery and wellness and encourage independent living in the least restrictive environment possible.
PATH (Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) is a homeless outreach program designed to identify homeless individuals in the community and link them to appropriate services such as housing, medical, substance abuse and mental health services. Case management, supported housing & living services, psychosocial rehabilitation, affordable housing and supported employment services are provided as needed.
David Lawrence Center collects donations of basic personal care and hygiene products to provide individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless through the Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness program. Through this homeless outreach program, case managers identify homeless and very low income individuals in the community and link them to appropriate services such as housing, medical, substance abuse, and mental health services.
Supported Employment Services provide resources to assist clients with entering the workforce and maintaining strong employment relationships. On the job assistance is included in these services along with unlimited ongoing support.
Motivational Support Services
Motivational Support Services provide parents with substance abuse problems with case management, outreach, screening, referral, linking and monitoring services designed to prevent problems related to drug and alcohol abuse and coordinate any necessary treatment. These services are primarily for adult family members involved in the child welfare system. The goal of these services is to monitor an individual with identified substance abuse problems and help manage their recovery process for the betterment of the entire family.
David Lawrence Center owns and operates 24 affordable housing units for qualified, individuals with a diagnosed mental illness in Collier County at two locations (Housing Alternatives of SWFL in Golden Gate Estates and Collier Housing Alternatives in East Naples). An onsite manager and emergency contact services are provided. These residences are made possible through funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the disabled population.
Download a copy of the Housing Application here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Both housing projects are HUD subsidized Section 811 properties. All residents must meet the mental health disability and very low income requirements as described in the tenant selection plan. A copy of tenant selection plan is available upon request. Applicants will be placed on a wait list and contacted once a unit becomes available.
When it has been determined that you meet the requirements in the tenant selection plan and are in need affordable housing such as Collier Housing Alternatives or Housing Alternatives, we invite you to contact the office for more information. We do not give out the addresses of the homes out of respect for individual’s right to privacy.
Rent is based on the applicant’s income so it will vary, however rent is calculated at 30% of income.
Collier Housing Alternatives and Housing Alternatives of SW FL are shared living arrangements. Bedrooms are private but kitchen and living areas are shared. Some bathrooms are private while others are shared.
Both projects are located in Collier County.
Eligibility Requirements for Affordable Housing
- Annual income cannot exceed the “very low income” rate as set by the HUD Income Guidelines
- Must be willing and able to pay the portion of rent calculated using HUD rules. Rent is based on the applicant’s income therefore rent will vary by individual. Rent is calculated at 30% of income. Utility costs may also be required to be paid for by the tenant.
- Unit must be the only residence of the applicant
- Must provide a valid social security number
- Must meet the document requirements of citizenship or eligible immigration status
- Must be able to comply with all rules and regulations of the property
- Individuals must be mentally alert and able to evacuate the home without assistance in case of an emergency
- Individuals must be able to prepare meals, although they can seek help with obtaining meals on wheels, frozen dinners, etc.
- Individuals must be capable of cleaning the living unit and safely use facilities such as kitchen range, tub/shower
- Individuals must be able to take care of finances, arrange for shopping and other basic needs within the community
- Individuals must be able to tend to personal needs and maintain appropriate grooming and sanitary habits
- Individuals must be medically stabilized, as there are no medical providers on site.
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