Community Resources

Basic Needs | Child Welfare Services | Daycare, VPK, & After-School Programs | Camps | Parenting Resources | Domestic Violence Resources | Health Insurance Resources | Medical Services | Immunization Resources | Mental Health | Smoking Cessation | Alachua County Services

Basic Needs

Food, Clothing, Utilities, & Emergency Financial Services

Hospice Care

Haven Hospice Attic

Provides hospice care. Follow the link below for more details.

Legal Service

Three Rivers Legal Services

Provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals (Foreclosure, Consumer, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder, Employment, Family, Public Benefits, Housing, Small Claims)


Healthy Kids Medical Legal Partnership

A Medical Legal Partnership is a partnership in which medical providers and lawyers work together to identify health harming legal needs that create hardships for children and families.

Child Welfare Services

Child Protection Team (CPT)

Provides services like Medical diagnosis and evaluation, Nursing assessment, Child and family assessments, Multidisciplinary staffing, Psychological and psychiatric evaluations, Specialized and forensic interviews Expert court testimony, Training for child protection investigators and other community providers of child welfare services, Training for emergency room staff and other medical providers in the community.

Department of Children and Families

Provides a wide range of services including Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS), Abuse hotline, Adoption, Adult Protective Services, Background Screening, Child Care, Child Welfare, Community-Based Care, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Independent Living Services, Mental Health, Refugee Services, and Substance Abuse.

Partnership for Strong Families

Provides adoption services, foster care supervision, family preservation services, and case management. Families must be referred by Department of Children and Families. Provides on-going case management to children involved in the child welfare system (DCF).

Daycare, VPK, & After-School Programs

Early Learning Coalition (ELC)

Assistance with daycare, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and School Readiness programs

Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC, AKA Medical Daycare)

PPEC centers allow Medicaid eligible children from birth through age 20 with medically-complex conditions to receive continual medical care in a non-residential setting. PPEC centers provide nursing intervention and medical supervision to children with special health care needs


Camp Boggy Creek

The experience of going to a summer camp invokes many fond memories from our childhood in most of us. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to have this experience as a child when you have been diagnosed with cancer. Luckily, we are proud to have the help of Camp Boggy Creek, which is only 45 minutes away in Eustis, FL. It is a camp designed around the special needs of children who have complex medical problems who wouldn’t be able to attend a camp otherwise.

Florida Diabetes Camp

The Florida Diabetes Camp provides a fun, safe, educational and diabetes-friendly environment for children with type 1 diabetes and their families where youth gain the confidence, skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential.

Brandon Ling Memorial Sports Camp

Each year, the University of Florida and the Climb for Cancer Foundation hosts a sports camp and features past and current University of Florida student-athletes. The event happens on the campus of the University of Florida and feature the student-athletes teaching the children about how to stay active in sports. The children get a chance to meet the student-athletes and to get their autographs, but the student-athletes often get to learn a great deal more from the children.

MDA Camp

Summer camp for children ages 6-17 who have any of the neuromuscular diseases in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s program and who are registered with the MDA.

Ventilation Assisted Children’s Center Camp

The Dr. Moises Simpser VACC Camp gives families a fun opportunity to socialize with peers and enjoy activities not readily accessible to technology dependent children.

Camp Challenge

A week long fully-accessible overnight or day camp in Sorrento, FL for children and adults with disabilities or special needs.

Dream Oaks Camp

A nonprofit organization which provides therapeutic camping programs for children ages 7-17 with special needs and chronic/terminal medical conditions.

Camp Safe Haven Day Camp for Children

Haven offers camps for children, teems and families who have lost a loved one. Children and teens suffering the loss of a close family member or loved one can often benefit from the development of healthy coping skills.

Parenting Resources

Family Source of Florida Parent Helpline

Offers immediate assistance to stressed and overwhelmed parents/caregivers regarding parental responsibilities or specific behaviors of children, provides support to survivors of child abuse or incest, and provides support for parents about their child’s behavior.

Healthy Families

Voluntary home visitation program promoting positive parent-child relationships and child health and development. This program offers services prenatally or at the birth of a baby to families who are voluntarily assessed as needing Healthy Families services. The services can last for up to five years depending on the needs of the family.

Healthy Start

Provides universal risk screening of all Florida’s pregnant women and newborn infants to identify those at risk for poor birth, health and developmental outcomes. Free services to pregnant women and babies, up to age 3.

Library Partnership Resource Center

Resource/referrals for families, family events, clothing, tutoring, financial planning, parenting classes, project job makeover.


Assess, treats and offers advice for several conditions.

Domestic Violence Resources

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC)

The Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC) is a multidisciplinary clinic at the Levin College of Law providing indigent victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence with legal representation, mental health counseling and case management needs. Program is also affiliated with the SOURCE program.

Peaceful Paths

Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic abuse network that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis hotline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, education and training, counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, violence prevention programs, and batterer’s intervention programming. Peaceful Paths is a member of the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence (FCADV).

Health Insurance Resources

Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan

Provides children with special health care needs a family-centered, comprehensive, and coordinated system of care. The CMS Plan is designed to serve children under age 21 whose serious or chronic physical or developmental conditions require extensive preventive and ongoing care

Florida Discount Drug Card Program

The Florida Discount Drug Card is available to all Florida residents without restriction and is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

Florida Kidcare

Florida KidCare is the umbrella brand for the four government-sponsored health insurance programs – Medicaid, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan – that together provide a seamless continuum of coverage for Florida children from birth through the end of age 18.


Parents and caretakers may apply for Medicaid on behalf of children under age 21 living in their home, if the family income is under the limit for the age of the child. There is no requirement for a child to reside with an adult caretaker to qualify for Medicaid

Medical Services

ACORN Clinic

Provides affordable medical care, dental care, and social services.

Gainesville Community Clini

Offers a number of services designed to help meet the challenges faced by families and individuals here in our community.

Mobile Outreach Clinic

Our aim is to reach out to neighborhoods in Alachua County suffering health disparities and offer primary care to individuals in these communities.

Planned Parenthood

Provides birth control, emergency contraception, annual exams, pregnancy and STD testing.

Poison Control

The mission of the Florida Poison Control Centers is to provide exceptional care for individual patients and for supporting public health through information, surveillance, education and research.

Rahma Mercy Clinic

Provides the following services: Routine Adult Medical CareGeneral Pediatrics, Speciality Care and Diagnostic Studies through the We Care Network, Appropriate Referrals for Choices, Medicaid, Kid, Care and other health insurance options, Appropriate Social Services Referrals including ACCESS, Free Labs and Medications through Voucher Program for eligible patients

UF Eastside Community Practice

Our physicians are faculty members at UF, certified by The American Board of Family Medicine or The American Board of Pediatrics and are expertly trained to provide patients of all ages with consultations, evaluations and treatments for the entire family.

UF Equal Access Clinic

The Equal Access Clinic is a network of student-run free clinics that strives to: “Provide Quality Comprehensive Healthcare For All.”

Immunization Resources

Mental Health

Alachua County Crisis Center

Offers 24 hr/day phone crisis and suicide intervention counseling to all residents of Alachua County.

Catholic Charities

Caring Choices Pregnancy Counseling Services offer support and advocacy for women experiencing an unintended pregnancy.

CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services

Most of the programs offered by CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services are for youth. The CDS mission is “Strengthening Communities by Building Strong Families” which means helping kids and their parents develop the skills they need to succeed in life.

Meridian Behavioral Health Care

Provides crisis services, rehabilitation services, outpatient treatment/support

Reichert House

An after school program designed for youth who are in need of assistance in making the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital – Vista

Offers comfort and serenity to people in crisis. Their 81-bed facility provides a full range of confidential, effective services.

National Suicide Hotline

1-800-SUICIDE or (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK or (1-800-273-8255)

National Safe Place Program

Network of services around the United States to help youth with problems related to running away, homelessness, and abuse.

Smoking Cessation

Florida Quitline

1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669)

Florida AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Network

Offers education on the health effects related to tobacco use and teaches the benefits of quitting and what to expect when quitting.

CDC Quit Smoking Resources

Offers support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources.

Provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.

UF Smoking Cessation Program

Offers free nicotine replacement therapy and carbon monoxide monitoring.

Project Know

Offers support in quitting, including free educational materials, and referrals to local resources

Alachua County Services

General Needs Phone Number Medicaid Specialty
Meridian 352-374-5600 Yes Urgent needs, Psychiatry
Archer Family Heath 352-495-2550 Yes Psych care in Archer FL
Gainesville After hours clinic 352-379-1049 Yes Addiction
Village Counseling Center 352-373-8189 No Trauma
Peaceful Paths 352-377-8255 Free Abuse/Violence
Child Advocacy Center 352-376-9161 Yes Abuse/Violence
Sinfonia 352-505-3534 Yes General Counseling
Children’s home society 352-334-0304 Yes Individual and Family
CDS 352-244-0628 Free Individual and Family
Interface 352-244-0618 (24/7) Free Runaways/ Truancy/Emergency
Alachua County Crisis Hotline 352-264-6789 Free Immediate needs/Suicide
UF Child Psychiatry 352-265-HELP (4357) No, Private insurance Pharmocologic intervention and counselling
UF Counseling 352-392-1575 UF students only UF students. Can see Transgender UF students
Florida Autism Center (FAC) 352-835-5520 Yes Autism/ ABA therapy
BASS 877-823-4283 Yes Autism/ ABA therapy
CARD 352-273-0581 Free Resource center
Behavioral Learning Systems (BLS) 352-373-4411 Yes Autism/ ABA therapy
ACG Therapy 352-372-0047 Yes Speech/ OT/ Autism
Autism Behavioral Consulting Services (a-b-c-s) 561-350-0777 Yes Autism/ ABA therapy
Behavior Analysis Research center (BARC) 352-273-2184 Yes Autism/PWS/ ABA therapy

*If they have private insurance, need to call the insurer for a local list of available providers