A Health Department is a government agency at the state, county, or local level charged with protecting public health. Health Departments may offer a range of social services, including educational programming on public health concerns like food borne illnesses, immunization, and infectious diseases. Many also offer clinical services, such as flu shot clinics, blood pressure screenings, and health consultations. Some Health Departments offer support services to families affected by environmental health problems such as lead poisoning or unclean water supplies.
Alachua County Health Department 14101 Northwest US Highway 441 Alachua FL 32615 386-418-5323
Florida State Health Department 1701 Southwest 16th Avenue Gainesville FL 32608 352-334-1400
A Mental Health Department is a government agency at the state, county, or local level that provides social services to people with mental health and substance abuse issues. Mental Health Departments offer a range of services, including housing assistance, employment programs, and services for people with developmental disabilities. Mental Health Departments may also offer substance abuse treatment services and counseling services for individuals, groups, and families. Many also offer programs to help people with behavioral health issues to avoid jail and hospital visits.
Alachua County Mental Health Department 3400 Northeast 53rd Avenue Gainesville FL 32609 352-374-5610
A Victims Assistance Center is a government agency at the state, county, or local level that provides support and assistance to the victims of crimes. In many locations, the Victims Assistance Office is run by the local Prosecutor’s Office. Victims Assistance Offices provide a range of support services to the victims of crimes, including crisis intervention services, support groups, mental health services, and medical advocacy. Victims Assistance Offices can also assist the victims of crimes with obtaining compensation.
Alachua County Victims Assistance 218 Southeast 24th Street Gainesville FL 32641 352-264-6760