Local Mental Health Non-Profit Organizations

Child Advocacy Center

Contact: Sherry Kitchens, admin@cacgainesville.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.

Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition

Contact: Dottie Baker, hpwcoalition@gmail.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.

UF Health Florida Recovery Center and UF Health Psychiatry

Contact: Rebecca Lukowski, lukowr@shands.ufl.edu

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.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

Contact:Cary Gallup, cgallop@acso.us

Interface Youth Shelter

Contact: Cassandra Evans, cassandra_evans@cdsfl.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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Contact: Teresa Mullin, tamfam928@bellsouth.net

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

Sinfonia Family Services of Florida

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.

The Crisis Center

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.

UF Counseling and Wellness Center

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.

River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

Contact: info@centerforpeacebuilding.org

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.

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services

Contact: Radha Selvester, radha_selvester@cdsfl.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

UF Health Street

Contact: Catherine Striley, cstriley@ufl.edu

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.

Gainesville Police Department

Contact: Will Halvosa or Stephen Weaver, weaversp@cityofgainesville.org

Eastside Initiative

Contact: Karen Cole Smith, karen.cole-smith@sfcollege.edu

Children’s Home Society

Contact: Tarcha Rentz, tarcha.rentz@gmail.com

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.

Alachua County Child Trafficking Coalition

Contact: 1-800-373-7888

A community partnering to end human trafficking.

Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County

Contact: Jacki Hodges, jhodges@elcalachua.org

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, lredding@wellflorida.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.

ASO Prevention

Contact: Paul Pardue, ppardue@alachuasheriff.org

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.

Partnership for Strong Families

Contact: Nooriel Nolan nooriel.nolan@pfsf.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.

SWAG Family Resource Center

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.

PACE Center for Girls

Contact: Jessica Collins, jessica.collins@pacecenter.org

PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

SF College

Contact: Ed Book, ed.book@sfcollege.edu


Contact: Melanie Kretzman, Melanie.Kretzman@djj.state.fl.us