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To complement our Community Engagement events, there are a variety of local community resources that we may find useful to our clients or ourselves. If you would like to share additional resources, please email our Community Service Committee.

Community Resources

United Way Information & Referral

A comprehensive community directory of resources for Alachua County and surrounding areas. Their helpful lists provide resources including government services; housing, food and financial support; transportation; job search assistance, health resources, human service agencies, support groups, community clubs, recreation and education programs, etc... Dial 211 (or 352-332-4636) to reach the United Way nearest you or visit their website for more information.

Alachua County Crisis Center

Crisis intervention and counseling resources including 24-hour crisis phone lines (352-264-6789), Suicide hotlines (800-SUICIDE; 800-784-2433) and free face-to-face short term counseling services. Visit their website for more information. If you are interested in volunteering, read a brief summary of volunteer roles on page 6 of the Spring 2009 Beta Bulletin.

Florida Baker Act

Florida law permits a mental health professional, law enforcement officer, or judge who issues an ex parte order to initiate an involuntary examination only when there is reason to believe that he/she is mentally ill and without care or treatment, the person is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse to care for himself or herself which poses a real and present threat of substantial harm to his or her well-being. Gainesville receiving facilities: Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Shands at Vista, and Shands Hospital at UF. Visit their website for information, forms and free online training.

Florida Marchman Act

Good faith reason to believe a person is substance abuse impaired and because of the impairment has lost power of self-control over substance use; and either has inflicted, or threatened or attempted to inflict, or unless admitted is likely to inflict, physical harm on self or others, or is in need of substance abuse services and, by reason of substance abuse impairment, his/her judgment has been so impaired the person is incapable of appreciating the need for services and of making a rational decision in regard thereto (mere refusal to receive services not evidence of lack of judgment). Gainesville receiving facilities: Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Shands at Vista, and Shands Hospital at UF. Visit their website for information and a free user reference guide.


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