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Jacksonville Homeless Center Honored for Work on Mental Illness

This is an aerial view rendering of Sulzbacher's planned Enterprise Village in northwest Jacksonville, which will provide affordable housing, health care and manufacturing jobs for homeless men.

Sulzbacher, who provides comprehensive services to Jacksonville’s homeless population, received the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award.

The recognition is for the nonprofit’s work in the Mental Health Offender Program, which is run in collaboration with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and other community partners. The program “works to break the cycle of repeated arrests for people with mental illness and provide them with the comprehensive support they need to successfully reintegrate into the community,” according to Sulzbacher.

In 2022, the program’s case management, medical and psychiatric treatment, therapy, housing assistance, disability processing assistance, and specialized peer services led to nearly 90% of participants obtaining permanent housing . Participants’ community costs also fell from $67,602 in 2022 to $26,992. Sulzbacher credited a “dynamic team of professionals and partners,” including Dr. Coleen Bell, the nonprofit’s vice president of health services.

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