Orange County Government, Florida
Carrie Proudfit, Public Information Officer
(407) 836-5429 (work) or (321) 468-5851 (mobile)
Email: Carrie.Proudfit@ocfl.net

Todd Dixon, Director of Community Relations
(407) 245-0045 X3242
Email: Todd.Dixon@aspirehp.org
3 February 2016
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to Dedicate Central Receiving Center “Belvin Perry, Jr. Central Receiving Center”

Orange County, FL - Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will officially dedicate the Central Receiving Center (CRC), a nationally recognized model among mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities across the country, as the Belvin Perry, Jr. Central Receiving Center, in honor of the former Ninth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

At the request of Mayor Jacobs, the dedication serves to honor former Chief Judge Perry, a widely respected jurist and attorney who served as an original board member to the CRC, and whose unwavering commitment to the citizens of Central Florida is widely acknowledged. In announcing the decision to rename the CRC in Perry’s honor, Mayor Jacobs said, “As a deeply respected lawyer and judge, and as an advocate for justice and fairness, Judge Perry remains without peer.”

WHAT:
Orange County Mayor Jacobs will be joined by more than 90 dignitaries and community leaders among the criminal justice, law enforcement, mental health, as well as substance abuse sectors. Since opening in 2003, the Central Receiving Center continues to treat more than 500 individuals who are in crisis each month, often times successfully diverting individuals away from the correctional and criminal justice systems, local emergency rooms or homelessness while opening the door to life saving treatment through a single point of access. Originally, designed as an immediate resource to law enforcement, the facility later expanded to reach other touch points in the community likely to encounter an individual in crisis. The center is managed by Aspire Health Partners who remains the lead community provider of behavioral health services in Central Florida.

WHERE:
Princeton Plaza at 1800 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32808.

WHEN:
February 4, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM, plaque unveiling at 3:30 PM.

WHO:
Orange County District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke, CRC Board Chair Aspire Health Partner President Jerry Kassab Nearly 100 local community leaders and dignitaries.

BACKGROUND:
The CRC was established in 2003 as a recommendation of the Orange County Jail Oversight Commission. It was unanimously approved by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners in December of 2002, and opened April 13th, 2003. The recommendation was born out of the Medical, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Committee of the Jail Oversight Commission, and was one of over 200 recommendations of the Commission.

Editor’s Note:
The Central Receiving Center is a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility. The identity of those individuals receiving treatment there is protected by law. Video and photography is only permitted inside the ceremonial dedication area. Individuals who need general information regarding the CRC and treatment are encouraged to call 407-822-5052. In addition to the CRC, individuals who need assistance for themselves or another, can call LifeLine of Central Florida’s 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 407-425-2624; the Central Florida Mental Health Association at 407-898-0110 or the United Way Services Hotline at 2-1-1. For emergencies, individuals should call 9-1-1.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.

About Aspire Health: Aspire Health Partners, Inc. (Aspire) is a comprehensive, community-based, behavioral healthcare organization. Formed through the merger of three of Central Florida's largest behavioral healthcare providers: The Center for Drug-Free Living, Inc., Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare Inc., and, Seminole Behavioral Healthcare, Aspire's mission is to "provide the people of Central Florida with compassionate, comprehensive and cost effective behavioral health care services that lead to successful living and healthy, responsible lifestyles." Aspire provides prevention, intervention and treatment to individuals.