RRHS Receives State of Florida Allocation


River Region Human Services Receives Allocation from State of Florida

Grant Dollars are effective immediately

Jacksonville, Florida – March 22, 2019 – River Region Human Services received new grant dollars from the State of Florida for new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clients.

“River Region Human Services is grateful for these new dollars received by the state.  This funding will help us address the opioid epidemic by expanding our services to clients who have the least access to addiction treatment,” states RRHS CEO Ms. Jacqueline Dowdy.    

If you would like to receive more information about this topic, please contact RRHS at (904) 899-6300 extension 4400 or via email at registration@rrhs.org.


About River Region Human Services

River Region Human Services, Inc. was established in 1972 as a private, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation to provide a comprehensive array of services for persons residing in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties. River Region has been licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services since its incorporation, is registered with the Secretary of State and the City of Jacksonville as a charitable organization, and has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation (CARF) since 1993. Learn more at www.rrhs.org.

New CEO Looking to Show River Region is Still the Benchmark for Rehabilitation Services in Northeast Florida

After a month on the job as River Region Human Service’s new chief executive officer, Jacqueline Dowdy is looking to show the local community that River Region is still the benchmark for rehabilitation services in northeast Florida. Ms. Dowdy is committed to ensuring River Region provides premier services to our clients and the community at large. River Region has been serving the greater Jacksonville community for over forty-five years. Dowdy said that regardless of the outward perception, she was excited to see that the quality of substance abuse, mental health, community service, and outreach was better than ever. “Many of the conversations I have had with local leaders made me realize that the community just didn’t know we’re still here.”

Dowdy’s focus is to educate and inform the local community about the services we offer including Medication Assisted Treatment, Residential Substance Abuse, Outpatient Substance Abuse, Co-occurring, Aftercare, Supportive Housing, and HIV Prevention. For 27 years River Region has partnered with the City of Jacksonville and JSO corrections to provide life-changing rehabilitation services to the local community.

Our facilities are conveniently located in Duval and Clay counties and serve the entire Northeast Florida area. Dowdy said that during the coming months she will be better able to give River Region’s partners like the City of Jacksonville, the Florida Department of Health, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, an overview of our service lines and consider new ones that might be needed. “Meanwhile, River Region will continue to reinforce our reputation of quality care,” Dowdy said. Many of River Region’s programs are internationally accredited by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) and licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services.

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As CEO, Dowdy is responsible for River Regions’ operations and is looking to run the organization as efficiently as possible. With an extraordinary record of community service, increasing organizational effectiveness and a solid understanding of the administration, finance, and operations of both private and public entities, Ms. Dowdy is poised to make great strides for River Region. 

With over twenty-five years of professional experience, she has served as the CFO for South DeKalb Church Federal Credit Union, Associate Controller and Director of Operation Analysis at Florida A&M University, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Edward Waters College and Associate Vice President for Business Operations and Auxiliary Management at Bethune-Cookman University. In addition to her MBA, she also has earned a Masters of Divinity degree and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership.

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