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Ice Challenge: M.A.T. Department


Our brave Methadone staff members accepted the challenge from our Matrix House staff and participated in the well-known and very popular Ice Bucket Challenge.  Our Methadone staff is now challenging Adult Outpatient, Baker County staff members, Millennium Laboratories representatives, and Gateway Community Services Medical Detox staff.


What a fantastic way to raise donations for the ALS Association while having so much fun in the process! Remember, “Every life is worth saving!”


Matrix Staff Ice Challenge

Yesterday, several of our brave Matrix House staff members participated in the well-known and very popular Ice Bucket Challenge.  The Matrix House was challenged by Assistant Chief Sisak with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. 
As you will see from the video, the Matrix House staff members completed the challenge and now they are challenging Dr. Green, our Senior Directors, the Methadone and Veterans/Drug Court units, as well as the Beachwood Children’s Prevention Center.
What a fantastic way to raise donations for the ALS Association while having so much fun in the process!


September is Recovery Month


River Region Human Services, Gateway Community Services and Lakeview Health Systems are joining together in Jacksonville to host a series of Recovery Month events during the month of September. These events will emphasize the importance of seeking physical and mental wellness every day, through multiple pathways and throughout the recovery process, to achieve health and well-being,” said Kenneth Arnold, one of the events’ organizers. cflsurf “It is critical that people experiencing mental and/or substance use disorders receive the support they need from the community. The reality is that behavioral health is essential to overall health, and we know that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.”

The Recovery Month activities will begin with an Art Walk at the Magnificent Café, located at 231 N. Laura St., in Downtown Jacksonville. This event is scheduled for September 3rd at 6:00pm.

Other activities will include:

  • The Second Annual Talent Show at Gateway Community Services, 555 Stockton St., beginning at 7p.m. on September 4th;
  • The Recovery Month Walk on September 13th, which will start at 390 Park St. at 8:00am and end at the Jacksonville Landing;
  • The Kickball Tournament on September 20th. This competitive game between River Region and Gateway will begin at 10:00am at Drew Park, located at 6621 Barnes Rd.

The month’s activities will culminate with the crowd-drawing community Block Party at 900 Bridier Street on September 26th at 5:00pm.

Check out photos from our Back-to-school Giveaway


Ms. Dietangal Heard 2014 Professional of the Year Award

20140807_134154It is with great pleasure that we announce Ms. Dietangal (Tang) Heard, Associate Vice President of Courts and Community Services has been selected by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association to receive the 2014 Professional of the Year Award!! The Professional of the Year Award honors administrative professionals who perform duties that affect the provision of direct services and whose special efforts merit recognition by their peers. The Professional of the Year plays a vital role in the implementation of client care. Awards are given to one notable professional in each of the six state approved regions. domain name data These professionals demonstrate superlative ability in the field of substance abuse treatment, mental health, co-occurring or prevention services. Ms. Heard’s accomplishments in the fields of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention services was recognized at the 2014 FADAA/FCCMH Annual Conference to be held August 6-8 in Orlando.

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Some programs are funded in part by federal, state, and local government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Disease Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Florida Department of Health, and the City of Jacksonville. In additional, many of our services are sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Services.