BROWARD CONNECTIONS GUIDEBOOK - A Guide to Behavioral Health Services

​​​​​9MUSES ART CENTER  954-746-2055
7139 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313        
Member Line: 954-746-9162 
www.9musesartcenter.org 
No Fee for Persons with Diagnosis M-F: 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm 
A community arts organization and fully-functioning art studio where instruction, mentoring and advocacy are offered. Arts disciplines include painting, drawing, pottery, textiles, 2D & 3D design, sculpting, design, music, drama and creative writing. On-site Frame Shop and Gallery is open to the public.


ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION  800-272-3900
Southeast Florida Chapter
201 E. Sample Road Deerfield Beach, FL 33064
www.alz.org/seflorida
No Fee Spanish, French, Creole M-F: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Helpline available 24/7
Offers caregiver support groups, early stage support groups, advocacy & public policy initiatives, safety services for those with memory impairment, and a clinical trial matching program. Regional offices in Miami, W. Palm Beach and Hobe Sound.

BARRY UNIVERSITY - OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC GUARDIAN
954-862-3655
12401 Orange Drive, #211, Davie, FL 33330
www.barry.edu/office-of-public-guardian
No Fee
Provides no cost legal guardianship services to adults of limited financial means who lack the capacity to make decisions on their own behalf and in their best interest. Legal guardians protect the property and personal rights of incapacitated adults.

BROWARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE CLERK OF THE COURTS
954-831-6565
201 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.browardclerk.org
Services include filing court proceedings; filing and retrieval of documents such as arrests, traffic citations, affidavits, marriage licenses, name changes, restraining orders, exparte orders and other court related documents.

Central Regional Courthouse  954-831-5622 
201 SW 6th Court #120, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
North Regional Courthouse  954-831-1209                    
1600 W. Hillsboro Blvd. #100, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
South Regional Courthouse  954-831-0353                    
3550 Hollywood Blvd. #170, Hollywood, FL 33021
West Regional Courthouse  954-831-2339                    
100 N. Pine Island Road #160, Plantation, FL 33324


BROWARD COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS SECTION      
954-357-7800 / TTY: 954-357-6181
115 S. Andrews Avenue, #427, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.broward.org/humanrights
No Fee M-F: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Spanish, French, Creole, American Sign Language

Investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations that violate local and federal statutes.


BROWARD COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES DEPT.
954-357-6385 / 
TTY: 954-468-3592                                                              
Administration
115 S. Andrews Avenue, #303
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.broward.org/humanservices
M-F: 8:30am-5:00pm

Branch of Broward County Government responsible for the administration of social services.

BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY   954-357-7444
100 S. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.broward.org/library
www.browardlibrary.org
No Fee Hours vary by library location

Provides library services to residents for information and recreation at locations throughout the county. Offers specialized resources for youth and persons with disabilities. Library cards are free of charge upon request with proof of Broward County residence. Also offers online resources including e-books.

BROWARD COUNTY LONG-TERM OMBUDSMAN COUNCIL
954-597-2266
8333 W. McNab Road, #231, Tamarac, FL 33321
http://ombudsman.myflorida.com
No Fee M-F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Advocates for the residents of licensed adult family care homes, assisted living facilities and nursing/rehab homes, and educates the public on locating appropriate facilities.

CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING OF BROWARD                 
954-722-6400 / TTY: 954-735-0963
4800 N. State Road 7, Suite 102, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
www.cilbroward.org
No Fee M-F: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Spanish, Telephone for the Hearing Impaired
Provides advocacy, independent living skills, peer support groups, training to improve employability skills, assistive technology and equipment loan use and youth services. Also offers case management services for persons with disabilities in need of long-term care or transitioning from a nursing home
facility and specialized no-cost phone equipment for Florida residents with hearing difficulties.

CHILD CARE LICENSING AND ENFORCEMENT                 
954-357-4800 / TTY: 954-831-3940
115 S. Andrews Avenue #119, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.broward.org
M-F:  8:00am - 5:00pm

Regulates and monitors child care facilities and family child care homes in accordance with Broward County Ordinance and State Statute. Provides criminal background screening for employment in childcare facilities and child care homes.

CHILDNET  954-414-6000
1100 W. McNab Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
www.childnet.us
No Fee

Manages the Broward child welfare system for foster care, adoption, protective and related services for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Provides case management, independent living and adoption services, and subcontracts with social service agencies to provide child welfare services including family preservation and strengthening, residential group and shelter care and foster home management.

COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS  954-792-4000
924 NW 1st Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
No Fee M-F: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Yellow House

Advocates and educates to address the needs of the homeless.  Offers  clothing, crisis response, phones, computers, laundry, hygiene needs, showers and mail service.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP DIVISION        
954-357-8647 / TTY: 954-357-2882
115 S. Andrews Avenue, #A-370, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.broward.org/humanservices/communitypartnerships
M-F: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Branch of Broward County Government responsible for the planning, coordination, administration and evaluation for human services programs including behavioral health, child care licensing, sexual assault treatment and counseling, health care, HIV/AIDS and homeless services.

EARLY LEARNING COALITION   954-377-2188
6301 NW 5th Way, #3400, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
www.elcbroward.org
Spanish, French, Creole M-F: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Provides resources, advocacy, leadership, coordination and oversight for early care and education from birth to 12 years and supports access to school-age care to ensure children's success in school.  Assists income-eligible families with the cost of child care so they may continue to work and/or participate in training. Through the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program (VPK), prepares children by helping them develop the skills needed to become good readers and successful students.  Offers developmental screenings for children whose families participate in the school readiness program.

FLORIDA (STATE OF) 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT                                     
954-831-7740
201 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.17th.flcourts.org
Misdemeanor Drug Court  954-831-3576

Offers voluntary program for adults 18+ years that includes working with the court, treatment and supervision team. Charges will not be prosecuted in exchange for the offender's compliance with the conditions of the program and successful graduation. Eligible offenses include possession of cannabis, and/or possession of drug paraphernalia. Other non-violent misdemeanor crimes where there is a substance abuse issue are also eligible.
Misdemeanor Mental Health Court  954-831-7240
Specialized docket for non-violent misdemeanor defendants with serious mental illness or mental disability that offers an opportunity to participate in court-supervised treatment in lieu of the traditional criminal justice system.  Accepts defendants with prior convictions; DUI or domestic violence cases are not accepted.
Felony Mental Health Court  954-831-7805
Specialized docket for felony defendants with severe and persistent mental illness, those who have been declared incompetent to proceed or those not guilty by reason of insanity that offers treatment at a forensic hospital for competency restoration or a conditional release plan with a probation officer.
Juvenile Division  954-831-6492
Unified Family Court Case Mgmt.  954-831-8532

Provides case management for domestic violence, domestic relations, dependency and delinquency cases.
Community Justice Alternatives  954-831-7752
Offers mediation for neighborhood disputes including conflict between children.
Court Mediation & Arbitration  954-831-6076
Preserves the parental relationships before, during and after divorce by helping parents constructively and amicably resolve conflicts concerning children. These resolutions are formalized in a written agreement and may be made an order of the court if requested.
Teen Court  954-831-7600
Offers an alternative to formal juvenile court proceedings for youth 11-17 years. Uses positive peer pressure, counseling, referral, community service and other interventions. Must be referred by the State Attorney's office or local police department.

FLORIDA INITIATIVE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (F.I.S.P.)
954-384-0344
2645 Executive Park Drive, Weston, FL 33331
www.fisponline.org
Some fees Spanish M-F:  9:00am - 5:00pm

Provides suicide prevention education, support for survivors of suicide, legislative advocacy and program research. Callers in crisis should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

FOREST PARK DROP-IN CENTER                  
Correct Care Recovery Solution/South Florida State Hospital
954-392-3350
800 E. Cypress Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
No Fee

Consumer-operated support center for adults residing at South Florida State Hospital with a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorder.

GOODMAN JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE   954-370-2140       
(formerly Jewish Family Service)
100 S. Pine Island Road, #230, Plantation, FL 33324
www.jfsbroward.org
Insurance, Medicare, Sliding Scale
Hebrew
M: 9:00am - 7:00pm; Tu & Th: 9:00am - 9:00pm;
W: 9:00am - 5:00pm; F: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Provides individual, couples, family, group and in-home counseling.
Family Link Program
Private pay services for family advocacy and care management.
Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program
Offers free, confidential assistance and support including reparations and restitution assistance, in-home care counseling, emergency financial assistance, socialization event, dental assistance for survivors of the Holocaust.
Joshua's Path
Assists family caregivers or advocates of an adolescent or adult with a developmental, physical or mental health disability to put in place needed supports and arrangements for their loved one's current and future needs, including free planning consultations, educational seminars and a special needs resource fair.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM   954-831-6214
612 S. Andrews Avenue #1000, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.guardianadlitem.org
No Fee

Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers appointed by the court to protect the rights, and advocate in the best interest, of a child involved in a court proceeding, primarily cases of alleged abuse or neglect.


LAW OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER  954-831-8650
201 SE 6th Street, Room 3872, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.browarddefender.org
Provides legal representation for defendants responding to criminal charges, who otherwise would be unable to afford a lawyer.

LEGAL AID SERVICES  954-765-8950
491 N. State Road 7 Plantation, FL 33317
www.browardlegalaid.org
No Fee Spanish, French, Creole M-F: 9:00am- 5:00pm

Provides free civil legal services to financially eligible clients on issues of children’s advocacy, consumers, environmental, homeless, housing, immigration, tax clinic, HIV/AIDS, human rights, and Mission United Veterans project.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA (MHA)                        

954-746-2055

(formerly MHA of Broward County)
7145 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313-1012
www.mhasefl.org
M-F: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Additional hours by appointment
No Fee for most services Spanish, Creole

Provides information and referral to the public and private community. Offers resources and education for the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health, and advocacy for and empowerment of people with behavioral illness.
Cooperative Parenting & Divorce (Co-Parenting)
Evidenced-based and court approved individual and group training, for moderate to high conflict divorced couples and parents living in separate households, to reduce parental conflict and risk factors that influence the child’s post-divorce adjustment. Supervised visitations and therapeutic supervised visitations also available on and off site.
Family Voices
Trained mentors work with, and advocate for, families of children/youth diagnosed with, or at risk for, behavioral disorders.  Offers individual and group support.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Outreach Partnership Program
Outreach Partner for the State of Florida in a nationwide initiative of the NIMH with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to strengthen the public health impact of research by disseminating the latest scientific findings; informing the public about mental disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction; and reducing the associated stigma and discrimination. Provides in-service training, public presentations and literature through public education.
Parent Education & Parent Support (PEPS)
Offers evidence-based parent education classes which meet DCF, ChildNet and Court criteria, and parent skills workshops. Specialty tracks available for parents of infants, children and teens.  In-home and hands-on parenting available for ChildNet referred clients. Fee-based parent education and anger management available by request.
Parenting Enrichment Classes
Fee-based community workshops are available on parenting subjects including communication, listening, positive discipline and stress management.
PROSPER (Peers Reaching Out)
Support Partners (for Emotional Recovery)
7139 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313

This recovery initiative for adults with mental illness pairs consumers to peer partners who assist one another as they pursue life skills, social skills and health agendas that support recovery. Social skills and successful community integration are reinforced.
Public Policy Initiatives
Supports and advocates public policy and agendas consistent with the values of access, choice and empowerment.
Seth Line  954-578-5640
Peer Support Warm Line  866-964-3714

Provides a “warm line” offering peer support, information and referral, and telephone reassurance to any person seeking a caring and supportive listener. Contact is by phone only.

NANCY J. COTTERMAN CENTER                   
(formerly Sexual Assault Treatment Center)
954-357-5775 / TTY:  954-357-5418
400 NE 4th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.broward.org/sexualassault
No Fee
Spanish, French, Creole - Crisis Intake Unit 24/7

Provides hotline and immediate crisis counseling to victims of sexual assault and adult survivors of childhood abuse. Also provides forensic medical examinations and interviews, crisis counseling, victim advocacy and information and referral. Forensic interviews conducted upon referral from law enforcement or child protective services.
Counseling Unit
M-Th: 8:30am - 8:00pm, F & Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Individual, family and group counseling for child and adult victims of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse and their non-offending family members, and for child victims of physical abuse. Extended forensic interviews are also provided at request of members of law enforcement or child protective services. Offers primary prevention education services.
Child Protection Teams

A team consisting of a medical director, team coordinator, psychologist, nurse practitioner, clinical supervisor and mental health professionals serve as consultants to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigation Section to assist in the investigation of child abuse that has been reported to the Florida Abuse Registry.

NAMI BROWARD   954-316-9907                                                
4161 NW 5th Street, Plantation, FL 33317
www.namibroward.org
No Fee Spanish M-F: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Provides support, advocacy and educational resources for persons living with serious mental illness and their families.  Support groups are available for persons living with mental illness as well as groups for family members and/or caregivers of persons diagnosed with a mental illness.


NANCY J. COTTERMAN CENTER      
954-357-5775 / TTY: 954-357-5418
(formerly Sexual Assault Treatment Center)                             
400 NE 4th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.broward.org/sexualassault
No Fee Spanish, French, Creole
Crisis Intake Unit 24/7
Provides hotline and immediate crisis counseling to victims of sexual assault and adult survivors of childhood abuse. Also provides forensic  medical examinations and interviews, crisis counseling, victim advocacy and information and referral.  Forensic interviews conducted  upon referral from law enforcement or child protective services.
Counseling Unit
M-Th: 8:30am - 8:00pm, F & Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Individual, family and group counseling for child and adult victims of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse and their non-offending family members, and for child victims of physical abuse.  Extended forensic interviews are also provided at request of members of law enforcement or child protective services. Offers primary prevention education services.
Child Protection Teams
A team consisting of a medical director, team coordinator, psychologist, nurse practitioner, clinical supervisor and mental health professionals serve as consultants to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigation Section to assist in the investigation of child abuse that has been reported to the Florida Abuse Registry.


REBEL'S DROP-IN CENTER   954-276-3452                         
Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health
3400 N. 29th Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33020
No Fee M-F: 3:00pm - 8:00pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays: Noon - 5:00pm

Peer-run drop-in center provides social support, advocacy and peer counseling for adults 18+ years overcoming mental health or substance abuse issues.


SOUTH FLORIDA WELLNESS NETWORK  954 533-0585

2901 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 105, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
www.sfwn.org
No Fee - Spanish

Provides education to the public, policy makers and service providers about the negative impact and consequences of stigma and the prevalence and multiple pathways to recovery. Offers peer recovery support services including training and advocacy.

STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE   954-831-6955
201 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.sao17.state.fl.us
Victim Advocate Unit  954-765-4133

Assists crime victims to understand and navigate the criminal justice system by providing case specific information, resource and referral information (including help with crime victim compensation and restitution), crisis and supportive counseling, safety planning, courtroom orientation and courtroom accompaniment.
Truancy Intervention Unit  954-831-8592
Provides intervention with the parent or guardian of a truant child to place the youth back in school. Works in partnership with schools to intervene when unexcused absences continue after a school worker has attempted to work with the family. Also monitors truant children who are under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Domestic Violence Unit  954-831-7978
Assists victims of domestic violence who are attempting to escape from actual or threatened violence through relocation.  Participants are provided with an address designated by the Office of the Attorney General as a substitute mailing address in order to prevent their assailant from finding them. Also issues injunctions of protection.
Misdemeanor Diversion Program                          
Diversion program that affords first time offenders an opportunity to immediately accept responsibility for their actions, seek rehabilitation and divert their cases from the criminal court system.
Broward Senior Intervention and Education Program
Diversion program that handles the special needs of elderly defendants, 60+ years.
Homicide Unit - 954-831-7922
Public Corruption Unit - 954-831-7487
Economic Crime Unit - 954-831-7206
Elderly Abuse Unit - 954-831-8525
Sex Crime / Child Abuse Unit - 954-831-6933
Career Criminal Unit - 954-831-7990


WOMEN IN DISTRESS                                                     
954-760-9800
Hotline: 954-761-1133
PO Box 50187, Lighthouse Point, FL 33074
www.womenindistress.org
No Fee
Telephone for Hearing Impaired
Spanish, Creole, Language Line assistance available
M-Th: 9:00am - 9:00pm; F: 9:00am - 5:00pm;

Shelter: 24/7
Operates a 24-hour domestic violence crisis line and emergency shelter. Provides counseling for men, women and children including support groups and individual advocacy services.