Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West Commission, during Tuesday’s regular meeting, proclaimed this week as National Mental Health Awareness Month.
“The City of Key West takes great pride in recognizing agencies who strive to better the lives of our residents through continuous dedication and commitment,” reads the proclamation.
The Guidance/Care Center provides the full continuum of behavioral health care to the residents of the City of Key West, including a 24/7 hotline for mobile crisis response as well as community-based services at schools, jails, and the regional juvenile detention facility.
The organization provides residential mental health at The Heron, an assisted living facility for adults struggling with mental illness, an inpatient unit for detox and crisis stabilization, and the Personal Growth Center Clubhouse for adults.
This year the Guidance/Care Center celebrates 50 years of providing comprehensive, integrated community behavioral health services to people of all ages.
“The Guidance/Care Center has helped thousands of Florida Keys residents with mental health and substance use issues,” reads the proclamation, “by helping people cope and change, by maintaining their family structure, by assisting them in obtaining housing, and by helping residents find ways to contribute to the benefit of our community.”
“We love what we do for this community,” said Regional Vice President Maureen Dunleavy. “Mental health and substance abuse treatment has never been more important. Thank you for this honor and for recognizing our 50th anniversary.”