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Guidance/Care Center Receives State Funds for Capital Improvements

By Maureen Dunleavy, Regional Vice President  Florida Senator, Ana Maria Rodriguez made a tour through the Middle Keys this summer to talk about the Tallahassee legislative session and present a $200,000 check to the Guidance/Care Center (GCC) for a special appropriation to continue renovations to our Marathon inpatient facility! Modernized security upgrades are required to […]

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The Other Side of the Fence

By Carol Dochow, LMHC, Program Coordinator As a society, we often find ourselves judging individuals who have violated the law and believe they deserve incarceration as a punishment. What we frequently don’t realize is that many offenders are incarcerated due to behaviors related to mental health and/or substance use disorders. Although incarceration can be a […]

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Learning and Practicing Better Health

By Jack Shaw, MCAP, Counselor The clients and staff of Turning Point in St. Petersburg hosted an informational health fair organized by the third-year doctor of physical therapy students from Gannon University in Ruskin, Florida. Topics covered were: “Sleep and Sleep Hygiene,” “The Importance of Staying Hydrated” and “More Stretching, Less Stressing.” The fair transformed […]

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Celebrating Deborah’s Retirement

By Maureen Dunleavy, LMHC, Regional Vice President – WestCare Florida – Guidance/Care Center It is with much gratitude and admiration that I announce the retirement of Deborah Matthews, LMHC, Clinical Coordinator of Children & Child Welfare Services. Deb has spent a lifetime serving the youth and families of Monroe County with thirty-two and a half […]

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A Success Story Featuring Aaron

By Terry Jones, Employment Recruiter Aaron B. is a residential treatment client with WestCare Gulf Coast and is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Treatment, Recovery and Workforce Support Grant program. He is also a U.S. Army Combat Veteran. In February, he began working at Hammer Haag Steel, Inc. Glen […]

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Introducing the Jail In-House Program (JIP)

By Kristin Flores, MCAP, Lead Substance Abuse Counselor When people think about counseling settings, they often imagine cozy spaces and a silent office. Imagine sitting in a counseling session while hearing slamming steel doors, jangling keys, arguing voices, and constant phones ringing. These are the sounds present at the Monroe County Detention Center (MCDC) in […]

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Renovations at The Village South Residential Campus!

By Beatriz Del Rio, Marketing Director – WestCare’s The Village South The Village South Residential campus in Pembroke Pines, FL started the renovation of the apartments where the women and children we serve reside. So far, thirteen apartments have been renovated entirely. The renovations include new flooring, paint, kitchen cabinets and appliances, bathroom sink with […]