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Thursday, April 30 2020

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Lakeland - As part of our "In the Spotlight" section, for this edition, we would like to feature an organization that is dedicated to offering outpatient therapy services, client-centered individual therapy, group treatment, and family therapy to those who need them the most. These services are offered in the Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties.

Meet the Peace and River Center Victim Services.

Peace River Center is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to engage, restore, and empower individuals in our community to reach their fullest potential. The vision of the Peace River Center is to be a Center of Excellence for building emotional wellness. The Peace River Center therapists work with prospective clients to create an individualized treatment plan to help support the client in his or her health, wellness, and recovery goals. Therapists may also provide referrals, as appropriate, for specific Peace River Center services such as Targeted Case Management, Psychiatric Evaluations, Adult Recovery Services, and Child Specific services.

Peace River Center was founded in the late 1940s in response to the community’s concern for the emotional and psychological well-being of children. Over time, Peace River Center gradually expanded its services to include adults. A significant growth period for the Center came after the 1973 passing of the Baker Act, which is Florida’s Mental Health Act, enabling them to establish a community mental health center as an alternative to treatment at the State Hospital.

In the late 1970s, Peace River Center opened the first of two domestic violence shelters, and in 2013 we added a primary care Wellness Clinic. Our Lakeland Crisis Campus opened in January 2018.

With 27 locations, 30 programs, and accreditation from The Joint Commission and licensed by ACHA and DCF, Peace River Center is one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Florida. PRC will never deny services to anyone based on their inability to pay. PRC will provide discounts to patients based on family size and income.

Do you need to contact the organization?

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you would like to contact their crisis response team, you can use their 24-hour crisis line: (863) 519-374, or their toll-free line: (800) 627-5906.

The Crisis Response Team is a mobile outreach service that is designed to provide immediate crisis assessment, intervention and counseling, linkage and referral, and crisis follow-up contact. All in an effort to reach a resolution for adults and children who may be experiencing any type of emotional crisis, which can include: suicidal intentions, self-destructive behaviors, or acute, severe, and intense emotional distress. The Team is also equipped to provide suicide prevention awareness, critical incident stress debriefing, and stress management.

You can also reach their crisis stabilization unit at their 24-hour crisis line: (863) 519-3744 or at their business line: (863) 519-3747.

The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is a secured 30-bed public receiving facility for Florida's Baker Act. The CSU provides short-term, intensive, psychiatric stabilization and discharges planning services to individuals in need of emergency treatment either voluntarily or involuntarily meeting the criteria for Florida’s Baker Act. Individuals who experience a crisis are psychiatrically evaluated, observed, and stabilized on the Unit for a period of up to 72 hours for the purpose of returning them to a less restrictive level of care. Services offered at the CSU include medication management, psycho-education on illness, group support, discharge planning and referrals, as well as, family education.

For more information about this amazing organization, visit their website at

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