Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Awards David Lawrence Centers a $250,000 Grant

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Awards David Lawrence Centers a $250,000 Grant

Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider serving children, adults and families, received a $250,000 social and human services grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) Board of Directors.

The goal of the funding is to expand access to behavioral health services for children and families. The grant will help eliminate the risk of crisis situations through enhanced assessment and linkage to services and will also increase awareness of mental health challenges and resources through community outreach.

The grant will specifically fund two designated Access Center clinicians who provide prompt assessments as well as linkage to services after being discharged from inpatient crisis stabilization services to ensure children and families are guided into appropriate treatment programs.

A portion of the funds will support in-person, video, and telephone translation and interpretation services for clients who have language barriers. The ability to provide treatment in a preferred language optimizes treatment outcomes. These services are typically not covered by private insurance, Medicaid, or other funders.

Through the community outreach funding, families will have enhanced access to information, resources, trainings, and screenings to address community mental health needs, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.

“Through this generous grant, Collier County children and families will have enhanced navigation support and improved access life-saving, life-changing care,” said Scott Burgess, DLC Chief Executive Officer. “The RMSFF funding and other private donations from the community are critical to ensure DLC can carry out its vital mission. We are honored and blessed to continue our partnership with RMSFF to help children and families in great need.”

RMSFF human and social services grants assist families with a variety of needs, including food and nutrition, housing or shelter, skill training and development, and serious medical challenges. These grants offer opportunities that help people lead self-sufficient, productive lives.

“The Richard M Schulze Family Foundation cares about the health and wellbeing of children and families and is aware of the increased mental health needs in our community,” said Mary Beth Geier, RMSFF Florida Director. “The timing of this award allows DLC to more promptly assess pediatric patients and improve access to high-quality mental healthcare services. We hold the team of professionals at DLC in high regard and are confident that our investment will have a positive impact in our community and help coordinate the necessary therapeutic supports to meet the growing demand in services for children and families in Collier County.”


About Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where he and his family grew up — in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer–and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. RMSFF is focused on domestic causes and concerns in and around the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington in Minnesota and Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties in Florida. RMSFF creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social services, education, as well as health and medicine.

About David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) is a national leader providing compassionate, advanced, and exceptional mental health, substance use, and integrated healthcare solutions, available for children, adolescents and adults. DLC’s innovative treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, DLC serves more than 9,000 people through over 300,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500 or visit

Aug 08, 2022 | Press Releases

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