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Hope Haven Helping Families Take Control Of Their Mental Health

Millions of Americans are affected by Mental Health each year. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.1

A rising problem occurring in the US is now being seen in mental health for children and teens. It is estimated 20% of youth ages 13-18 live a with mental health condition.1

Hope Haven’s mission is to ensure that children and families realize their full potential by providing specialized services and individualized educational opportunities.

Keeping to their promise, Hope Haven provides a variety of Mental Health Services to help children and families be more independent, educated and engaged in community life.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors provide an initial intake session in order to understand the presenting problem, identify the child’s strengths, and develop a plan for treatment and support.   Counselors seek to eliminate risk factors that may be present and to build and enhance protective factors.  Providing supports to the children and families early can often prevent the development of larger behavioral health issues later in life.

On the rise at Hope Haven are infant mental health cases.  We have found that early intervention for children and caregivers is key.

“Infant Mental Health considers emotional, social, and relational development during the ages of birth to age 5,” according to Emily Foltz-Holland, Director of Clinical Services at Hope Haven.

The focus is on building capacity for a secure relationship with a primary caretaker and growing/enhancing a baby’s ability for emotional regulation. Work is done jointly with the caretaker and the baby to ensure positive development for the baby, as brain development can be affected by stress, environmental factors, and relationships. It has been estimated that more than a million neural connections are formed in the brain each second during early development. Thus, infancy is a critical time to ensure loving, caring, stable relationships are present and to provide experiences that build emotional regulation to prevent mental health issues later in life.

Hope Haven is proud to have trained, qualified Licensed Mental Health Counselors who have clinical competency in the area of infant mental health.

Hope Haven also provides community outreach support to students and teachers in the greater Jacksonville area. Hope Haven finds value in providing services on site in a school setting, which eliminates the barriers of transportation and insurance.    Examples of partnerships with schools include The Guardian Schools, the Tiger Academy, and the Jewish Community Alliance.  Counselors are able to build social-emotional skills in the classroom setting and in small groups, ultimately building emotional wellness.

Hope Haven’s goal is to help break the stigma of Mental Health and bring awareness to the city of Jacksonville about their programs and services.

Contact Emily Foltz-Holland, LMHC  Director of Clinical Services at Hope Haven, to learn more about getting the help you and your family need!

Phone: 904-346-5100

Hope Haven’s Tutoring Services Showing Signs of Renewal for Children and Families

Learning can be challenging for any student, let alone students with specific learning disabilities.

Since 1970, Hope Haven has been assisting families with educational programs designed as inclusive learning opportunities for all ages – from children to young adults. “We have been tutoring since the 70’s. Dr. Skinner started the tutoring labs in the old hospital realizing some children learned differently. This is when specific disabilities began being recognized and diagnosed,” according to Hope Haven’s Historian, Barbara Brutschy.

Hope Haven offers a wide range of affordable tutoring services for every type of learner, from elementary to high school students. Whether your student needs specific help in a core subject or test prep, Hope Haven is here to help them achieve their very best.

Annie has been bringing her son Nick (age 13) to Hope Haven for the last seven consecutive years.

By the time Nick had entered Kindergarten, he had already been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). By the second grade, Annie had noticed that her son was still having difficulties in school. Hearing about Hope Haven’s evaluations, Nick was brought in and diagnosed with Dyslexia. After her son’s new diagnosis, they began a specific tutoring program designed for his unique style of learning.

“As much as you don’t want to hear that your child has a certain struggle, Hope Haven made this process easier from the diagnosis, tutoring, and knowledgeable professionals. The staff and programs here have given Nick confidence to push through the challenges and have allowed him to have a more positive outlook,” stated Annie.

Nick and his tutor, Mary Ann, have been meeting ever since they walked in for the evaluation. Meeting just one – two times a week for an hour at a time, Nick has made incredible strides of growth in his ability to learn using the Barton Method.

Nick attends La Villa Middle School where, thanks to the committed staff of educational professionals, he excels in and out of class, playing percussionists in the school band, hanging out with friends, and performing for others.

“Hope Haven has given our family confidence. If anyone thinks something is off with their child, I would definitely recommend going to Hope Haven for an Evaluation,” Annie stated.

Again, Hope Haven’s educational programs are designed for any type of learner and age.

If your child is struggling in the areas of English, Language Arts, and Math, Hope Haven will be hosting their annual FSA Boot Camp March 20-24th (Duval County Spring Break).

“This five-day boot camp is designed to review skills in the areas of English, Language Arts, and Math,” according to Robin Pierce, Tutoring Program Manager at Hope Haven.

The FSA Boot Camp will run from 9:00-4:00 PM and is open to all 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th-grade students. The cost is only $250.00.
For more information regarding this upcoming boot camp, you can reach Robin Pierce directly by phone at 904-346-5100 ext. 259 or by email at

Click here to learn more about Hope Haven’s Educational Programs, including the tutoring options.