Program Description:
GCC provides two transitional mental health beds to serve the mentally ill adult population of Monroe County. The purpose of the Residential Level 1 program is to provide a less restrictive therapeutic program for mentally ill adults who require a 24-hour structured and supervised live-in setting. The Residential Level 1 beds are licensed by the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA). The program is located on the Crisis Stabilization Unit at GCC in Marathon, FL.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 18 yrs or older
  • Mental health diagnosis
  • Capable of self care and ambulatory
  • Able to participate in treatment planning and services

Persons Most Able to Benefit from this Program:

  • Individual in recovery who has a mental health or co-occurring diagnosis and needs a structured environment
  • Individual awaiting placement to a treatment facility

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Major medical conditions
  • Chronic inappropriate disruptive behaviors


  • 24/7 nurse and tech support
  • Medication administration and vital signs
  • Medical oversight
  • Individualized recovery plan

Treatment Planning:

  • Treatment planning and related services to be provided occurs directly with the client
  • Services are tailored to the strengths, needs, abilities and preferences of the client
  • Services promote personal responsibility
  • Goals of treatment are not the sole responsibility of a single staff person or a lone consumer, but are the responsibility shared by all in an active partnership with the client

Contact Information:

  • Contact Person: Unit Director
  • Location: Marathon, FL
  • Phone: (305) 434-7660

14 CARF Accredited Programs:

  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Community Integration: Psychological Rehabilitation (Consumer-Run)
  • Crisis Stabilization: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Detoxification: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Diversion/Intervention: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Criminal Justice)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Prevention: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)

Guidance/Care Center Inc. is sponsored by:

  • State of Florida, Department of Children and Families
  • Thriving Mind South Florida
  • Monroe County
  • Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged
  • and other governmental/private entities.

Client fees and donations are also necessary for the operation of the Guidance/Care Center Inc. Private donations are welcome and are tax deductible

Equal Opportunity
GCC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.