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The Grove and IMPOWER to Join Forces

December 15, 2017 1:59 pm Post by


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ORLANDO, FL. – (December 15, 2017) – After 45 years of focusing on mental health and substance abuse treatment, The Grove Counseling Center, located in Seminole County, and Central Florida-based IMPOWER, Inc. are merging. This transition serves as a joint strategic move that enhances the unique but complementary services provided by both agencies to families and individuals in need. IMPOWER, currently headquartered in Orlando, is a larger mental health and child well-being organization that offers statewide services.

“Both The Grove and IMPOWER have experienced some attrition with several key leaderships positions vacant or in transition”, said Anna Baznik, President/CEO of IMPOWER. “The partnership of The Grove and IMPOWER helps to fill these gaps while helping the merged agencies be more competitive and reducing costs.” The Grove and IMPOWER are working to integrate operations and programs without eliminating any jobs.

The Board of Directors of both agencies will begin meeting as one board in January 2018. The Grove and IMPOWER will continue to operate under their respective brands throughout the transition with full integration as one 501-C-3 non-profit agency expected to be completed by June 2018.  IMPOWER President/CEO Anna Baznik will lead the direction and serve as CEO for both agencies after integration.

“This merger is the result of a very thoughtful and tactical plan for sustaining and amplifying the respective services provided by both The Grove and IMPOWER,” explained Shirley Adams, Interim COO for The Grove. “Since our missions and client needs are similar, this partnership makes great sense and will significantly enhance how we help our clients and the community.”

The Grove Counseling Center’s substance abuse treatment and prevention programs provide a logical enhancement to IMPOWER, which currently offers outpatient mental health, psychiatric care and child well-being services such as foster care and adoptions support. By leveraging the strengths of both organizations and combining networks and expertise, The Grove and IMPOWER will be better positioned to expand in scope and reach – ultimately resulting in more effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of the community. The merger also provides economy in operating costs with an immediate, approximate $350,000 savings annually.

In the start of the New Year, IMPOWER’s Administrative Offices will relocate to The Grove’s corporate offices at 111 West Magnolia Avenue, Longwood, FL 32750, thus putting the administrative teams under one roof.


About IMPOWER, Inc.

IMPOWER, a 501(c)(3)organization, is a leading non-profit mental health and child wellbeing organization focused on “inspiring life’s potential”. IMPOWER has been serving individuals and families in the Central Florida community since July 1994. Service areas include Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia & Polk Counties. Our mission is to change lives by protecting, counseling, teaching and inspiring individuals and families to reach their full potential. Our programs are community based with focus on ensuring that all individuals served have the tools and support to attain independence and self-sufficiency. IMPOWER provides a continuum of behavioral and mental health therapy, foster care and adoption services, independent living and transitional housing for foster youth, and tele-health/tele-psychiatry services for more than 9,000 individuals and families annually.

About The Grove Counseling Center

The Grove Counseling Center, a Seminole County based 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1971 as the Drug Action Committee of Seminole County (DACSC), headed by Dr. Luis Perez of Sanford. Built to address the community’s need for substance abuse services and centered on founding principle 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. Since then, 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. With a dedicated focus on those living with a mental health diagnosis or suffering from substance abuse allows The Grove to enhance the ability of many individuals and families to succeed in life.



September is National Recovery Month!

September 16, 2016 9:52 am Post by

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals in the field. The observance evolved into National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in 1998, when it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The observance evolved once again in 2011 to National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to include all aspects of behavioral health. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.

Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Now in its 27th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.