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Grant will add wellness staffing to Fla. residential program

April 9, 2013
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will allow an addiction and mental health treatment organization in Collier County, Fla., to add a wellness component to its 18-bed residential substance abuse treatment facility.

The Naples-based David Lawrence Center announced this week that the Collier County Board of Commissioners has approved a $180,000 grant for an “Access 2 Wellness” initiative at its Crossroads Program. The center will use the money to hire a wellness clinician and a nurse for the addiction treatment facility serving low-income individuals, as well as to install a fitness court for activities such as basketball and personal training.

“Due to the nature of their disorders, individuals with substance abuse and mental health problems experience significant discrepancies in health and mortality factors and require approaches that address the whole person both physically and psychologically,” says Nancy Dauphinais, a Crossroads Program clinical supervisor.

The grant to the David Lawrence Center is being financed jointly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services Department.