Lakewood Center

Long-term residential treatment for adults with chronic mental illnesses near Orlando, Florida.

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Lakewood Center is a residential treatment community offering long-term care for adults ages 21-60 who are in need of mental health treatment. It is located on a beautiful 15-acre campus in Fern Park, Florida.

Program type:  Group residential Location:  Fern Park, FL, near Orlando Environment:  Therapeutic Community with apartment and dormitory-style residences on campus Number of residents:  50 Gender:  All Ages:  21-60
Conditions treated include:
Schizophrenia Bipolar disorder Major depression Schizoaffective Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Lakewood is not a substance abuse treatment facility.

Services include:
24-hour staff, but we do not continuously monitor residents Crisis management Supportive counseling Medication monitoring Case management Assistance with budgeting Individualized treatment planning Coordination of doctor appointments Fitness program with professional trainers Monthly community meeting Daily therapy groups Psych-ed groups Therapeutic work program Current events, monthly art class, music appreciation Yoga, basketball, swimming, volleyball, boating Community outings to the beach, parks, museums, attractions and special events Annual Caribbean cruise Garden club Overnight beach trips

A History of Compassionate Care for the Mentally Ill

Lakewood Center is part of the La Amistad Foundation, an organization founded in 1970 as a halfway house, providing a broad spectrum of services for adults with severe mental illness. (La Amistad means “friendship” in Spanish.) In 1989 La Amistad Foundation became Lakewood Center and shifted its focus to providing quality long-term care for adults with chronic mental illness. Lakewood Center continues to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for adults in need of long-term mental health care.

A building by the water at Lakewood Center in Florida
Riding in a boat on Lakewood Center's lake Group session at the Lakewood Center in Florida

Supportive Mental Health Treatment Services

At Lakewood Center, our trained 24-hour staff provide a wide range of psychiatric care services along with recreational opportunities, wellness programs, and a Therapeutic Work Program. Our programs vary in the degree of structure and supervision to meet the specific emotional, social, and physical needs of each resident.

Our services include group therapy, crisis counseling, medication monitoring, and individualized treatment planning to help our residents manage the symptoms of their mental illnesses so they can enjoy life to the fullest.

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Lakewood Center dining hall Covered deck by the water at the Lakewood Center

The primary goal of our voluntary Therapeutic Work Program is to involve our residents in meaningful work on campus, thus improving the quality of their lives. Lakewood also teaches the benefits of volunteerism and offers volunteer opportunities on campus as well as selecting community projects that match their talents and interests.

La Amistad Foundation dba Lakewood Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Lakewood Center is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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