Strengthening and Branching Out
• In 1990 the Oakwood Center implemented its first Intensive Treatment Team. This involved a shift in service intensity and location with more services provided in the community. The focus of this team was persons with co-occurring disoders (mental illness and substance abuse with forensic involvement).
• In 1995 the Center recognized the success of the original team and in conjunction with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, expanded the first team and added two additional teams based in part on the Stein and Test ACT Team Model. One team was added to serve co-occurring (mental illness and substance abuse) persons and another team to serve the severely and persistently mentally ill persons who have spent much of their adult lives in the State Hospital. The latter team included a pilot project to accept not-discharge ready persons from the State Hospital and place them in the community into apartments with leases in their names. Supportive Housing services were incorporated to assist the persons to be able to remain in the community.
• The Mobile Crisis Team was establish in 2000 to provide emergency intervention in the community for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis thereby preventing unnecessary psychiatric hospitalizations and minimizing personal and family disruption from the crisis.
• Since early 2000 the Center has incorporated the concepts of recovery, reintegration and resiliency into its processes and daily activities.
• In January of 2002 the Board of Directors changed the name to the Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches, Inc.
• The Golden Pavilion was constructed on the grounds of the Center in 2007 with funds generously donated by Barbara and Jerome Golden. Clients are now able to sit in the shade and socialize while waiting for their programs to begin or their transportation to arrive.
• The Access Center became fully operational in 2011 for new clients in West Palm Beach and reduced wait time from 4-6 weeks to within 48 hours or upon request.
• In 2011, Jerome Golden donated $1 Million to the Center. The name of the Center was then changed to The Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health, Inc. in recognition of this most generous gift.
• The Primary Care Clinic was opened in June 2013 for the integration of primary medical and behavioral health care. In the first six (6) months, 240 new patients were seen and now have a medical home.