The Grove Counseling Center has flourished into a Central Florida nonprofit built from the community’s need for services. The Grove was founded in 1971 as the Drug Action Committee of Seminole County (DACSC), headed by Dr. Luis Perez of Sanford. A group of concerned citizens believed that strengthening the family unit was the key to attacking the growing problem of substance abuse. The Grove Counseling Center formally received its name in 1980 and by 1984 gained a property in Winter Springs to offer residential treatment to the community and foster youth. From here The Grove has grown its services to provide prevention in schools and case management services to families raising a youth with a mental health diagnosis. As needs evolve, The Grove will continue to be innovative to meet the needs of every individual in need of support for a mental health diagnosis or substance abuse disorder. Read more about our history below.