Seven staff members strived to provide free or low-cost mental health services to residents in Charlotte County. In June of 1969, the Mental Health Association of Charlotte County began offering services to our community. To better reflect their additional programs and services, the association’s name changed to what is widely known as the Charlotte Behavioral Care Center in 2006. Shortly after, the CBHC opened the doors to the CHBC Recovery Center in November of 2008 to provide inpatient detox and residential chemical and alcohol addiction treatment. Beyond the adults in our community, the CBHC expanded its forty-acre property to add the Margo Lang Crisis Stabilization Unit, which included ten children’s beds, an activity room, and administrative space.
In May 2020, CBHC received a grant from the Charlotte Community Foundation to aid with Telehealth- Therapy and Medication Services. CBHC Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kelly Promerville stated: “Thanks to the grant from Charlotte Community Foundation, we were able to purchase much-needed technology to share with our patients. Because of this, we were able to successfully pivot to a full telehealth module and “keep our doors open” (figuratively) during trying times.”
The Charlotte Community Foundation strives to connect people who care with causes that matter. We are the community’s center for philanthropy, focused on the current and emerging needs of Charlotte County. Providing the Charlotte Behavioral Health Center with funds to restructure its technology allowed access to “tablets and internet hotspots for those in need of services who were unable to afford the technology to receive it.”
The Charlotte Behavioral Health Center surrounds its mission around six core values, integrity and character, a welcoming environment, warrior spirit, togetherness and adventure, learning as a group, and the power of now. It is these values that amplify their passion for obtaining the resources needed to continue to grow. “It had allowed our patients (over 13,000 year over year) continue to receive much needed mental health and substance use disorder services during a time when everyone’s mental health was under severe stressors and overdoses skyrocketed to all-time highs,” Kelly stated.
In 2022 alone, the CBHC served 7,194 clients. As CBHC grows, awareness will continue to spread about the impact this facility has on the county. Being the area’s largest non-profit provider of community based behavioral health care, their delivery and care will continue changing our community members’ lives for the better.