With a long history of hope and healing...

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.

History of The Grove

2016
Mar 23

October 2015

It’s a new start at The Grove with the promotion of Maria Chiantello as our CEO/President!

Mar 23

September 2014

The Grove adds Wraparound Seminole to serve our families raising a youth with a mental health diagnosis and in need of support.

2013
Jun 02

June 2013

The Grove Academy receives a $100,000 face lift courtesy of Leadership Seminole Class 22. The project focuses on revitalizing The Grove’s dining and bathroom facilities, and providing additional recreation opportunities for patients.

Jan 02

January 2013

The Grove begins offering outpatient services on the campus of the Community Food and Outreach Center in downtown Orlando.

2012
Oct 02

October 2012

Arts in Action, a community-based prevention program, is born on the campus of Sanford Middle School. Students explore the evidence-based Positive Action curriculum using the visual and performing arts. Each session of Arts in Action culminates in a community showcase. In June 2013, the Arts in Action program would move ..Read more

2011
Oct 02

October 2011

The Grove celebrates 40 years in the community by ‘planting the promise’ – an elm tree in the center of our residential campus.

Jun 02

June 2011

The Grove hosts the first Sunshine Grove summer camp for elementary-aged children. Students build communication skills, practice goal-setting, and develop healthy habits using the evidence-based Too Good for Drugs and Violence curriculum. Sunshine Grove would expand in January 2013 to serve children all year long through an after school program.

2006
Jul 02

July 2006

The Grove Academy begins a Partial Hospitalization Program. Patients attend counseling and school each day at The Grove Academy, and spend each night at home.

2004
Jun 02

2004

The Grove’s outpatient facilities begin an Intensive Outpatient Program for adults and adolescents struggling with addiction.

2002
Dec 02

2002

The Grove opens an outpatient facility in Longwood. The building also houses administration.

2001
Dec 02

2001

Seminole County Drug Court begins as an alternative sanction for first time non-violent drug offenders.

1993
Dec 02

1993

Equipment is purchased for the Reality Oriented Performance Experiential System (ROPES) in Winter Springs. Grove patients use the course for adventure-based counseling – building self-esteem, fostering teamwork, and overcoming fear.

1988
Dec 02

1988

The Grove begins TASC, Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime. The program offers counseling to criminal offenders who earn early release.

1984
Dec 02

August 24, 1984

A new building in Winter Springs is celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Grove now offers day treatment, a foster care program, criminal justice and outpatient services.

1982
Dec 02

September 1982

The Grove School relocates to The Seminole Youth Ranch in Winter Springs. The land is leased to The Grove for a dollar a year.

1980
Dec 02

January 11, 1980

DACSC formally changes its name to The Grove Counseling Center, Inc.

1974
Dec 02

1974

With the help of federal, state and county funding, DACSC founds The Grove School, an alternative school program, and The Counseling Center, which offers individual and family counseling. Students at The Grove School attend classes and counseling during the week.

1971
Dec 02

October 24, 1971

The Drug Action Committee of Seminole County (DACSC), headed by Dr. Luis Perez of Sanford, is founded by a group of concerned citizens who believe that strengthening the family unit is the key to attacking the growing problem of substance abuse.

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Adolescent Services

Empowering youth through individualized support

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Adult Services

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Case Management

Strengthening family relationships

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Prevention and Outreach

In schools and in the community

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