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Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida - Employment Services

This agency helps people with disabilities with a broad range of services. The goal is to enable them to live as independently as possible. Sign language interpreting services are available. Some Medicaid recipients may be eligible to transfer from a nursing home to their own home.

Services include:

  • ADA Paratransit Screenings
  • Advocacy
  • Disability Travel Training
  • Employment Services
  • Equipment Loan Closet
  • High School High Tech Enrichment Program
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Information and Referral
  • Nursing Home Transition Services
  • Peer Support
  • Sign Language Interpreting
  • Travel Training

Please call for more information.

Locations:
Main Location
222 SW 36th Terrace
Gainesville, Florida
32607
352.378.7474

7361 Forest Oaks Boulevard
Spring Hill, Florida
34606
877.232.8261

3774 West Gulf-to-Lake Highway
Lecanto, Florida

Columbia County Health Department

Columbia County Health Department provides a range of services to the community. Some services are free, or based on a sliding scale fee. Please call or visit our website for more info.

Services include:

  • Adult Health
  • Children’s Health
  • Chronic Disease Services
  • Communicable Disease Services
  • Florida Healthy Start Program
  • Fort White Clinic
  • H1N1 Clinic Schedule
  • HIV/AIDS Services
  • Immunizations
  • Primary Care
  • School Health Coordination
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • WIC (Women, Infant and Children)
  • Women’s Health

Columbia County Senior Services, Inc.

Senior Services provides many services to senior adults. Please see the website for more information.

Services include:

  • Activities - educational, health support, recreational
  • Butterfly Garden
  • The Club - dementia specific adult day center
  • Emergency Alert Response - in-home device offers immediate response in an emergency
  • Extended Family Services - help with chores, meals, pet support, respite time (fees involved)
  • Heirloom Gift Shoppe - handcrafted items and more
  • Home Care for the Elderly Program - designed to help keep an older family member at home
  • Home Delivered Meals - nutritionally balanced meals for the home bound
  • Hot Lunch - at the Lake City Lifestyle Enrichment Center or the Fort White location, Monday through Friday
  • In-Home Services: CCSS helps with homemaking, personal care, respite and more

DCF - Adult Protective Services

This agency offers help to adults who may be at risk of being harmed or neglected. DCF also helps when the adult is unable to take care of himself properly. Clients may be elderly or have a disability. If you suspect a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected or exploited, you MUST report it. Please see the website for more information.

Abuse Hotline: 1.800.962.2873
TDD: 1.800.453.5145

DCF - Child Welfare Services

DCF is committed to the well being of children and their families. DCF works with local communities, resources and the courts to make sure that each child is safe and has a home. Their aim is to keep families together and as self sufficient as possible. When a parent has mental or substance abuse issues, DCF can help them overcome their problems. Teens aging out of the foster care system can get help also. Please see the website for more information.

Services Include:

  • ACCESS Florida (food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid)
  • Adult services
  • Case management
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Foster care
  • Protective services
  • Safe Sleep Campaign
  • Substance abuse treatment