EPIC added psychiatric services to our outpatient services in 2007.
EPIC launched THINK! ASAP – a program for students suspended from school for alcohol and other drug use. Services included a Prevention Education Series, psycho-education groups, parent involvement, and crisis intervention. The program was offered at Gaines Alternative Program.
BBBS of SJC’s Tips for Kids Sake expanded to 13 restaurants.
The popular EPIC fundraiser, A Taste of St. Augustine, moved to a new venue: the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Happening in 2007:
EPIC celebrated our 35th Anniversary with a fun new event: Crocodile Rock. Crocodile Rock took place at the Alligator Farm and celebrated the 70’s including our version of American Idol: “Vinyl Idol” where locals dressed up as 70 Celebrities and karaoke-d 70’s songs with winners chosen by audience monetary votes!
Happening in 2008:
Launched a new fundraising campaign: “500 Friends – The Voices for Recovery”.
EPIC expanded social networking technology with an e-newsletter and via Facebook.
EPIC was recognized by the Florida Dept. of Children & Families for our exemplary Clinical Peer Review Process.
Happening in 2009:
As an enhancement to the Taste of St. Augustine, the “Race to the Taste 5K” was launched. Runners in the 5K received free admission to the Taste.
EPIC’s CEO, Patti Greenough, celebrated her 20th anniversary with EPIC and she was also elected as the President of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Board of Directors.
Happening in 2010:
EPIC implemented the “Strengthening Families Program” which brought parents and teens together to work through family conflicts and other challenges.
EPIC hosted our 1st Recovery Month event: “Light up the Plaza for Recovery” to celebrate those on their recovery journey. The event included speakers, music, and opportunities to light a luminary in honor of someone in recovery.
EPIC received our 1st CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Accreditation and on our 1st audit, received the accreditation for a 3-year period – the highest level. According to CARF, “An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.”
In 2012, EPIC began doing business as EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. The board and staff felt the new name better communicated our focus and reflected on research that shows mental health and substance use disorders are brain diseases and healthcare issues.
EPIC secured a contract with the Dept. of Juvenile Justice for the Civil Citation Program which offers substance abuse education to adolescents who have received a civil citation for drug or alcohol use.
EPIC began discussions in the community about the need for a detox center located in St. Johns County to serve our residents. St. Johns County had been without a local detox center for more than two decades.
EPIC was awarded a prevention grant for BASICS – which allowed for prevention and educational services at St. Johns River State College.
Happening in 2012:
EPIC Board members and staff and county officials traveled to Tallahassee to meet with our legislators on the need for a detox center in St. Johns County. They met with success and the Florida Legislature backed EPIC’s efforts and appropriated funding for the operations of a comprehensive detoxification program in St. Johns County. EPIC was able to purchase a building and begin the renovations needed to house the detox center.
EPIC started a Caregivers Support Group to offer support and guidance to caregivers of children in our Counseling Center program.
EPIC celebrated it’s 40th anniversary!
Happening in 2013:
EPIC opened the EPIC Recovery Center (ERC) – St. Johns County’s only detoxification/residential treatment center. The ERC opened as a 24/7 facility offering drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and has 16 beds – 12 detoxification beds and 4 residential beds. With the opening of the ERC, EPIC doubled the number of staff and had 2 different campuses. In the first five months of operation, the ERC served 328 individuals.
EPIC also expanded outpatient programs to include psychiatric services for both children/adolescents and adults, medication management at both campuses, new mental health and substance use groups for women, and expansion of the play therapy program.
Happening in 2014:
EPIC began medically assisted treatment through offering Vivitrol to help address the physical aspect for opiate and alcohol addiction treatment.
EPIC began offering Open Enrollment days where people could come in to see a counselor for an evaluation with no appointment needed.
Happening in 2015:
EPIC’s Recovery Center expanded to 6 residential treatment beds and served 805 individuals (an 18% increase over last year).
BBBS’ major fundraiser – Tips for Kids’ Sake has a record-breaking year – 26 participating restaurants, 170 Celebrity Waiters, and over $70,000 raised for the BBBS mentoring programs.
BBBS was also chosen as the beneficiary of the Conch House’s Great Chowder Debate.
Happening in 2016: