About Lakeview Center
Our network of behavioral health, vocational and child protective services helps people who are experiencing mental illnesses, addiction disorders, disabilities, and children who have been abused or neglected. We are an affiliate of Baptist Health Care and provide behavioral health and child protective services throughout Northwest Florida in a four-county area: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Our vocational services affiliate, Global Connections to Employment, extends throughout the state of Florida and into 12 states and Washington, D.C.
We have an impact on more than 35,000 individuals each year.
Locally, Lakeview Center is best known for its caring, compassionate treatment for people with mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependencies, or intellectual disabilities. The breadth and depth of these services are the most comprehensive in the region. They range from inpatient and residential treatment to a gamut of outpatient programs including trauma services, psychiatry, counseling, day treatment, and intensive, round-the-clock outpatient services to help people with severe mental illnesses safely remain in the community. We reach people of all ages from babies and children to adolescents and adults. In all, we offer more than 60 programs and services for the people of Northwest Florida.
Often referred to as GCE, Global Connections to Employment exists to provide exceptional customer experiences while helping people throughout life's journey. We do this by securing contracts to provide specific services and then hiring, training and supervising a workforce composed mostly of people with disabilities, including veterans injured while serving their country. Our team is committed to service excellence, and we have a national reputation for consistently exceeding customers' expectations. GCE has seven business lines: administrative support services, custodial services, facilities management, food services, health care environmental services, vocational services and information technology.
Since 2001 Lakeview Center has been the lead agency in a network responsible for the safety, stability and well-being of abused, neglected or abandoned children in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) was created to meet this state-appointed responsibility. FFN works closely with families, law enforcement, the judicial system, the Florida Department of Children and Families, and other community groups and agencies. FFN's services include protective supervision; foster parent recruitment, training and placements; the promotion of adoption for children whose parental ties have been severed; and specialized assistance for teens and young adults who are about to "age out" of the foster care system.