Health and Wellness
The following local organizations offer mental health and emotional wellness services for children.
Contact: Sherry Kitchens, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville provides a child-friendly, safe and supportive environment for abused and neglected children. The Center is a place where professionals – social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, state attorneys, victim advocates, medical professionals and others – work as a team to coordinate investigations and interventions for each child abuse case. This collaboration expedites each child’s time in the legal system and ensures that children are not re-victimized by the system and that they and their families are provided the support and services needed.
Contact: Dottie Baker, email@example.com
The Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Coalition seeks to improve both individual and community quality of life through diverse community partnerships formed to strengthen health-related programs, activities, and advocacy in Alachua County.
Contact: Rebecca Lukowski, firstname.lastname@example.org
UF Health Florida Recovery Center is the state of Florida’s premiere addiction treatment program located at the University of Florida. Our multidisciplinary treatments are supported by advanced research from stellar facilities such as University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute, where we are uncovering the mechanisms of addiction and are developing new treatments.
Contact:Cary Gallup, email@example.com
Contact: Cassandra Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interface Shelters are always open to help you! You can stop in or call at any time. A counselor or youth care worker will assist you with any problems you may be having. Whether you need a safe place to stay or just someone to talk to, Interface can help.
Contact: Teresa Mullin, email@example.com
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
Contact: Montia Morris, MMMorris@sfsflorida.com
Sinfonía Family Services of Florida is licensed as a Health Care Clinic with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as a provider of mental health treatment and support.
Contact: Alexandria Martinez, Amartinez@alachuacounty.us
The Alachua County Crisis Center continues to offer 24 hr/day phone crisis and suicide intervention counseling to all residents of Alachua County.
Contact: Ritzy Leque Ettinger, Rettinger@ufl.edu
At the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) we believe that the college years are a time for change, growth, inquiry, and development. We strive to help students learn the skills to cope with the stresses of change and growth so they are better able to learn and thrive after their time as a student is over.
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding’s (RPCP) mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities by providing and promoting the best practices and principles of peacebuilding and global sustainability.
RPCP is invested in the prevention, interruption, reduction and healing from violence. We are dedicated to working for essential societal transformation by supporting individuals and groups in taking intentional action to create positive change, through programs, services, trainings and collaborative action.
Learning to resolve conflict through healthy communication breaks the cycle of violence and creates safe communities.
Contact: Radha Selvester, firstname.lastname@example.org
CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit social services agency that has provided services in North Central Florida for over 40 years. While CDS’s many individual programs serve a wide variety of community needs, they all fall under the umbrella of the organization’s mission statement, “Strengthening Communities by Building Strong Families.” The three main programs areas include:
- Youth Shelters – Programs for youth in crisis
- Counseling – Services for troubled youth and their families
- Prevention – Educating the community, focusing on substance abuse and high-risk populations
Contact: Catherine Striley, email@example.com
HealthStreet is a community engagement program at the University of Florida that aims to improve the health of our community by bridging gaps in healthcare and health research. HealthStreet’s Community Health Workers (CHW) assess health concerns, conditions and research perceptions of community members. They also provide referrals to community members for medical and social services, as well as opportunities to participate in health research, relevant to their health concerns and health conditions.
Contact: Will Halvosa or Stephen Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Karen Cole Smith, email@example.com
Contact: Tarcha Rentz, firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re delivering the right solutions at the right time to keep more kids safe at home with their families. We’re building upon parents’ strengths and empowering them to raise their children in healthy, nurturing homes.
A community partnering to end human trafficking.
Contact: Jacki Hodges, email@example.com
The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County (ELCAC) serves as a resource to families and child care providers. Our mission is to ensure that all children in our community have the chance to participate in enriching opportunities that allow them to explore, create, play, and grow.
Contact: Lindsey Redding, firstname.lastname@example.org
WellFlorida’s mission is to forge partnerships in planning, research and service that build healthier communities. Partnerships have included the development of Federally Qualified Health Centers, a regional health information exchange, chronic disease management programs and safety net healthcare services.
Contact: Paul Pardue, email@example.com
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that the responsibility for making your home and family safe from crime extends beyond routine Sheriff’s Office patrol . This is why we believe in Neighborhood Crime Watch; a cooperative effort between the citizens of Alachua County and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Contact: Nooriel Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnership for Strong Families provides child welfare services designed to protect local children from abuse, neglect and abandonment and assists in establishing safe and permanent homes with their own families, partner families or adoptive parents. Using training programs, family & child counseling and community resources, PSF works to build a safe, nurturing environment for children and to create a blueprint for child & family service providers across the state.
Contact: (352) 505-6823
SW Advocacy Group (SWAG) is a grassroots organization whose goal is to address the needs of the community by connecting individuals and families to services and resources through advocacy and from agency and community partners. SWAG consists of a family resource center, a health clinic and a child center.
Contact: Jessica Collins, email@example.com
PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
Contact: Ed Book, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Melanie Kretzman, Melanie.Kretzman@djj.state.fl.us