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DLC Employee Spotlight – Pursuing Professional Growth
One incredible thing about our staff at DLC is that they are always looking to get even better at the great work they are already doing. Two of our clinicians — Britten Grayden and Kylie Sumner... Read MoreRead More About This News
Good Times for a Great Cause: Chip in for DLC Co-Chairs Passionate about Raising Mental Health Awareness
Peter Michaels isn’t likely to break 100 when he plays in the 8th Annual Chip in for DLC Golf Tournament this October. But he doesn’t care. Because for him, it’s not about the competition.... Read MoreRead More About This News
A Tribute to a Generous Man: Duane “Pat” Stranahan, Jr.
For nearly 25 years Duane Stranahan, Jr, belovedly known in the Naples community as Pat, along with his wife Robin, have been steadfast supporters of David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health. Our... Read MoreRead More About This News
Free Mental Health Screenings in Collier County
DLC has joined several behavioral health organizations throughout Collier County and Lee County to establish a community-wide initiative called Healthy Minds. This initiative was developed in... Read MoreRead More About This News
Local Drug Court Team: One of the Nation’s Best
Local Drug Court Team earns national recognition, thanks in no small part to DLC’s commitment to the program. Collier County Judge Janeice Martin says she’s a “fan of second... Read MoreRead More About This News
COVID-19 Tips & Resources for Parents
With many parents spending an increased amount of time at home with their children in light of COVID-19, David Lawrence Center’s Children’s Outreach Specialist Jessica Liria provides the... Read MoreRead More About This News
New Hospital Bridge Program Provides Peer Counseling for Addiction
Oftentimes, people struggling with addiction go back to old habits immediately after being helped by rescue personnel or in emergency rooms, ignoring the pleas of doctors and nurses to get additional... Read MoreRead More About This News
Give Where You Live Collier
Give Where You Live Collier is a Collier County-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy for selected nonprofits through online giving. Donations will be amplified with $500,000 in... Read MoreRead More About This News
Advocacy Request: #StandUp for Mental Health by Contacting your Local Legislators
Naples Daily News recently published an editorial called, "It's time for Legislature to improve Florida's weak record on mental health" that includes comprehensive information about current mental... Read MoreRead More About This News
Collier County Commissioners Pass First-Ever Mental Health and Addiction Services Strategic Plan
And the Aye’s have it! With a unanimous 5-0 vote from Collier County Commissioners, 2020 marks the first year of the County’s first-ever strategic plan for how to better care for residents... Read MoreRead More About This News
Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Prevention Specialist Arely Guzman
Name & Title: Arely Guzman, Prevention Specialist, October 2018-Present. In her role, Guzman implements evidence-based prevention programs throughout the community, and in both school and... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC’s New FACT Team: “A Hospital without Walls”
David Lawrence Centers has a new FACT (Florida Assertive Community Treatment) team that provides community-based mental health care for adults experiencing severe and persistent mental health... Read MoreRead More About This News
Hurricane Dorian Update
David Lawrence Centers is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian, and proactively taking steps to prepare for any shifts in her path that would directly impact SWFL, our clients and our facilities.... Read MoreRead More About This News
Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Prevention Specialist Jane Teszler
Name & Title: Jane Teszler, Prevention Specialist, October 2016-Present In her role, Teszler implements evidence-based prevention programs throughout the community, and in both school and... Read MoreRead More About This News
Teen Vaping on the Rise
The nationwide epidemic has hit home in Collier County schools. Just a few years ago, most middle- and high-school students had never even heard of “vaping”– the smoking of e-cigarettes.... Read MoreRead More About This News
No Easy Road to Recovery
Do you remember where you were on April 20, 1999? Austin Eubanks will never forget. He was curled up under a table at Columbine High School, fearing for his life. Two students went on a shooting... Read MoreRead More About This News
Prevention Corner: Getting to Know Prevention Specialist Nicole Combs
Name & Title: Nicole Combs, Prevention Specialist, May 2015-Present Nicole implements evidence-based prevention programs throughout the community, and in both school and after-school... Read MoreRead More About This News
The Wonders of Canine Love
Allen liked to stick to himself. And when he interacted with people, he was usually pretty irritable and hard to be around. But when he interacted with Chico, a new side of Allen took... Read MoreRead More About This News
Bring More Mental Health Resources to Collier County: Vote YES in November
David Lawrence Centers 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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Help for Troubled Students
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
She Always Had Time to Talk
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
It Runs in the Family
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Young Executives Catch the Vision
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Immokalee Office Meets Local Needs
David Lawrence Centers opened its doors in 1969 with three staff members in a donated storefront. And it wasn’t long before the team realized a campus in Immokalee was needed. In the 1970s, DLC... Read MoreRead More About This News
Onsite Convenience
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
When Horses Are Healers
David Lawrence Centers 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... Read MoreRead More About This News
A New Feeling of Hope
 “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... Read MoreRead More About This News
More Help for Those Struggling with Substance Abuse Challenges
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 Centers will have the opportunity... Read MoreRead More About This News
Reaching Out to Marco Island
David Lawrence Centers 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... Read MoreRead More About This News
When Law Enforcement Is On Your Side
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
Screenagers: How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
DLC FY2016-2017 Annual Report Now Available
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 Centers to... Read MoreRead More About This News
How Holistic Help Heals
Through a variety of holistic therapy programs, adults and children are finding ways to cope with life's stresses at David Lawrence Centers . A 50-something man who was trapped in substance use... Read MoreRead More About This News
Crossroads Launches New Outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment Program to Fight Opioid Addiction
Naples, FL - David Lawrence Centers, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, is pleased to... Read MoreRead More About This News
Bridging the Funding Gap: Why Your Support Is Needed
Government funding only goes so far at David Lawrence Centers, where private gifts and donations are indispensable for the work we do. When it comes to state spending for mental health, Florida ranks... Read MoreRead More About This News
All We Need Is Love
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
What to Do About Housing Costs
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
New Hope for Opioid Addicts
A program combining the drug Suboxone with therapy will help people break their addiction to opioids . . . to break free and live life again. Greg started experimenting with drugs in high school,... Read MoreRead More About This News
Big Gift Was A Big Boost
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
The Best Thing Ever
After surviving an abusive childhood, I was severely depressed, cutting myself, and wanting to die. I ended up at David Lawrence Centers . . . and I started to feel hope for the first time. A... Read MoreRead More About This News
Riding the Storm Out
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 Centers . The clients, all at our... Read MoreRead More About This News
Generous Grant to Help Children
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
“I just want to make a difference.”
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.... Read MoreRead More About This News
Grant Helps Clients Stay on Course
One of the hardest parts of beating an addiction is staying sober once you’ve kicked the habit. That’s why David Lawrence Center offers “wellness services” as part of its Crossroads Addiction... Read MoreRead More About This News
“One of My Favorite Days”
Few things make Leslie Wasserman happier than helping people turn their lives around . . . especially if one of those lives was literally on the brink of death. Wasserman, a retired... Read MoreRead More About This News
50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: Who Is David Lawrence, Anyway?
One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Centers, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. David Lawrence Centers wasn’t always known by that name. Founded as... Read MoreRead More About This News
Eyes Wide Open
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,... Read MoreRead More About This News
50th ANNIVERSARY FACT: A Tree Grows in Naples
One in a series of articles focusing on the history of David Lawrence Centers, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2018. If you’ve visited David Lawrence Centers, you’ve no doubt seen the... Read MoreRead More About This News
Driven to Provide Exceptional Care
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,... Read MoreRead More About This News
A Place of Sanctuary
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... Read MoreRead More About This News
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