Broward Connections Guidebook

9MUSES ART CENTER   954-746-2055 7139 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313 Member Line: 954-746-9162  No Fee for Persons with Diagnosis M-F: 9:00am - 5:30pm; 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. Peer-run support groups for depression, bipolar depression, and anxiety held weekly.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION  800-272-3900 Southeast Florida Chapter 3323 W Commercial Blvd #260
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309 No Fee Helpline available 24/7 
Provides education and support to Alzheimer’s patients, families, and caregivers as well as education to the community and professionals about
Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Operates dementia-specific helpline for information, resources, and counseling. 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.

ASSOCIATION OF AGENCIES (AOA) 305-794-3861 105 Lake Emerald Drive #214 Oakland Park, FL 33309 No Fee Coalition of governmental and non-profit agency representatives who network to share information, resources and training opportunities that improve the lives of persons with disabilities, veterans, seniors, the homeless and other vulnerable groups.

BARRY UNIVERSITY - OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC GUARDIAN  954-862-3655 12401 Orange Drive #211 Davie, FL 33330 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. Guardianship is the process of court appointment designed to protect the property and exercise the legal rights of these persons.

BROWARD COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS SECTION 954-357-7800 / TTY: 954-357-6181 115 S. Andrews Avenue, #427, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 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.

Administration 115 S Andrews Avenue #318 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301 M-F: 8:30am-5:00pm Branch of Broward County Government responsible for the administration of social services.

BROWARD COUNTY LONG-TERM OMBUDSMAN COUNCIL 954-597-2266 8333 W. McNab Road, #231, Tamarac, FL 33321 No Fee M-F: 8:00am - 5:00pm Volunteers are trained community members from all walks of life who work with residents (and family members) of licensed adult family care homes, assisted living facilities and nursing/rehab homes to communicate concerns and resolve problems by providing advocacy, support, education, and empowerment.

 954-722-6400 / TTY: 954-735-0963 4800 N. State Road 7, Suite 102, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319 No Fee M-F: 9:30am - 5:00pm Spanish, Telephone for the Hearing Impaired Provides advocacy, independent living skills, peer support, training to improve employability skills, assistive technology, and equipment loan use, housing modification and healthy living classes. 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 M-F: 8:00am-5:00pm Regulates and monitors childcare 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 childcare homes.

CHILDNET 954-414-6000 1100 W McNab Road Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309 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.

EARLY LEARNING COALITION 954-377-2188 6301 NW 5 Way #3400 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Spanish, French, Creole M-F: 8:00am-6:00pm 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 childcare so they may continue to work and/or participate in training. Offers developmental screenings for children whose families participate in the school readiness program. 

FAMILY CENTRAL 954-720-1000 1415 W Cypress Creek Road #103 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309
Sliding Scale Spanish, Creole M-F: 8:00am-6:00pm
Connects families with childcare resources and provides community-based parenting classes and in-home parenting education.

FLORIDA INITIATIVE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (F.I.S.P.) 954-384-0344 7149 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Lauderhill, FL 33313 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.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM954-831-6214 612 S Andrews Avenue #1000 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301 www.guardianadlitem.orgNo 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.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA (MHA) (formerly Mental Health Association) 954-746-2055

7145 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313-1012 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 the empowerment of persons with behavioral illness.
Cooperative Parenting & Divorce (Co-Parenting) 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.
Kinship Assists grandparents or other non-parent family members of youth whose parents are unable to care for them.  Provides case management, parenting education, legal services, support groups, youth advocacy, family events, and respite care.  Limited emergency financial assistance may be available.

Parent Education & Parent Support (PEPS) Offers evidence-based parent education classes which meet DCF, ChildNet and Court criteria, and parent skills workshops. Specialty tracks are available for parents of infants, children, and teens. In-home and hands-on parenting available for ChildNet referred clients.  Fee-based parent education, anger management, and ongoing court-approved classes are available.

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 Peer Support Warm Line 954-578-5640 A “warm line” offering peer support, information and referral, and telephone reassurance to any person seeking a caring and supportive listener. Contact us by phone only, Monday to Friday 6:00pm-

10:00pm. Callers in crisis should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

NAMI BROWARD  954-316-9907 4161 NW 5th Street, Plantation, FL 33317 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.


954-357-5775 (Administration)

954-761-7273 (24-hr Sexual Assault Helpline)
954-357-5778 (Intake Line)
Family Advocacy The family advocacy team provides emotional support to clients and families and acts as the liaison between
the client, the courts, and law enforcement. They assist with legal issues including completing and fi ling emergency injunctions
and providing court accompaniment. Family advocates provide information and referrals for counseling, psychiatric and
psychological services available in the community.  They also help with housing, childcare, and employment matters. Additionally,
advocates greet and assist clients at NJCC to answer any questions they may have during their appointment.

POWER OF PEERS 954-746-2055 9Muses Art Center 7139 W Oakland Park Blvd Lauderhill, FL 33313 Recovery peer support assists individuals being discharged from psychiatric hospitalization to successfully transition into the community.

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: 12:00pm - 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 5225 NW 33 Avenue Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309 No Fee Spanish Peer-run organization offering programs, activities, education, and support to persons recovering from mental illness and/or substance use challenges.

TASK FORCE FORE ENDING HOMELESSNESS 954-563-4357 No Fee Mon-Sun: 6:30am-6:30pm
Provides street outreach, education, and advocacy to Broward’s homeless population including housing/shelter, basic needs (hygiene kits, clothing, water, bus passes, etc) and referrals/linkages to primary healthcare, family reunification, behavioral healthcare, and legal services.

WOMEN IN DISTRESS  954-760-9800 Hotline: 954-761-1133 PO Box 50187, Lighthouse Point, FL 33074 No Fee Telephone for Hearing Impaired Spanish, Creole, Language Line assistance available M-Th: 9:00am - 9:00pm; F: 9:00am - 6:00pm; 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.  Also provides legal advice and representation for victims of domestic, dating and stalking violence at injunction (restraining order) hearings.