DLC Receives $20,000 COVID-19 Relief Grant from Clark Family Foundation, Inc.

Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health treatment center serving children, adults and families, has received a $20,000 COVID-19 relief grant from the Clark Family Foundation, Inc. The Clark Family Foundation is a family foundation based in Naples, FL that supports organizations dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of children. The grant will be used to fund DLC’s unbudgeted, increased expenses incurred due to the COIVD-19 pandemic. The mental health and crisis intervention focused grant will fund direct client assistance, personal protective equipment for staff and clients, as well as cleaning services and supplies.

Dollie Costa, Clark family Foundation Director, Secretary and Treasurer, said, “Clark Family Foundation is concerned with the mental and emotional effects the pandemic will have on children who have had their daily routines disrupted by schools being postponed or held virtually, athletics canceled, family job insecurity, etc.”

Due to the long-term financial struggles and lasting mental health challenges that will loom in the coming months, DLC believes the full impact this pandemic will have on admissions has yet to come. DLC is on the front lines working with those most affected by the mental health impacts of COVID-19, including depression, anxiety, substance use and post-traumatic stress. Those who already struggle with mental health conditions, financial insecurities, or have a prior history of trauma are at increased risk of more ongoing distress.

DLC’s inpatient crisis stabilization and detoxification units, residential, outpatient and community-based care have remained fully operational during the pandemic. To protect the health and safety of clients and staff, DLC quickly mobilized more than 200 clinicians to provide telehealth services, and currently most counseling and medication management services have moved to remote web-based virtual care. However, inpatient, residential and emergency services have remained open. The implementation of CDC guidelines and safety procedures for those programs, including safety equipment, cleaning services and related supplies, have placed increased financial pressures on DLC’s operating budget.

“This generous grant will help offset the increased demand for services and expenses needed to keep clients and staff safe, stable and well,” said Scott Burgess DLC President and CEO. “For our most vulnerable clients, those who are economically disadvantaged with serious mental health challenges, donations such as this are helping DLC address basic needs to assist with families’ overall well-being and alleviate stress so they can focus on their mental health and recovery. We feel blessed and grateful to have this urgent support from the Clark Family Foundation during these trying times.”

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 290,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500 or visit www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org.

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