Cultivation and Growth
• In 1979, the Center was selected to be one of the four State of Florida De-Institutionalization Pilot project sites when closures of state run hospitals began.
• The Veteran’s Administration awarded a Vietnam Veteran’s grant in 1982 to the Center for the provision of therapy services to veterans.
• A grant for a pilot program with the Public Defender’s office was awarded to the Center in September 1984 to identify and treat mentally ill persons charged with a crime. To this day, the Center continues to work with the Public Defender’s Office to assist these persons in need.
• In 1984 a specialized Geriatric Residential program was funded by the State of Florida to meet the specialized needs of the population.