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50 YEARS OF EPIC – 2018-2023

EPIC opened our first sober living home – Second Wind Sober Living home for men.

EPIC added a Family Intensive Treatment Team (FITT) and a Family Intervention Specialist (FIS).  Additionally, EPIC added Peer Support Specialists to staff – individuals with lived experience to provide extra support and coaching to our clients in recovery.

BBBS implemented a new logo and brand repositioning and launched the “Bigs in Blue” program where local law enforcement officers become mentors to children.

Happening in 2018:

  • Donald Trump was President.
  • God’s Plan was the #1 Song.
  • The Shape of Water won the Oscar for Best Picture.
  • The Big Bang Theory was the top-rated television show.
  • The Simpsons aired its 636th episode and became the longest-running primetime series (surpassing Gunsmoke which aired 635 episodes).

Implemented the JET Program (Jail-based EPIC Transition) – JET is a collaborative effort with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s office to assist high utilizers of the criminal justice system transition from jail into the community. It provides mental health and substance use treatment as well as care coordination.

EPIC opened the MARS Clinic (Medication Assisted Recovery Services) to expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT combines medications, outpatient counseling, care coordination, and peer support services – all to treat opioid and/or alcohol addiction.

EPIC’s Prevention Unit began offering “Catch My Breath” – an adolescent vaping prevention program.

They expanded Second Wind Sober Living homes to include women’s and 2nd men’s houses.

Happening in 2019:

  • Donald Trump was President.
  • Old Town Road was the #1 Song.
  • Green Book won the Oscar for Best Picture.
  • NCIS was the top-rated television show.
  • NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exited the International Space Station to replace a power controller, becoming the first to complete an all-female spacewalk.

In response to COVID, EPIC quickly pivoted and began offering our services via telehealth.  As an essential organization, EPIC didn’t close and continued to provide services both virtually and in-person for those unable to do telehealth.

EPIC opened two new properties – one on Lewis Speedway (close to our judicial and law enforcement partners) and one on CR 210 (to provide a more convenient location for our clients in the northern part of the county).  These campuses, North Campus, and Northwest Campus, respectively, join our Central Campus and South Campus (EPIC Recovery Center).

The BBBS of SJC Big Brother of the Year was selected as the Big Brother of the Year for the State of Florida.

Happening in 2020:

  • Donald Trump was president until Joe Biden won the election.
  • Blinding Lights was the #1 Song.
  • Parasite won the Oscar for Best Picture.
  • NCIS was the top-rated television show.
  • SpaceX launched NASA astronauts into orbit for the first time since the U.S. government retired the space shuttle program in 2011.

In honor of National Recovery Month, EPIC hosted the Inaugural Recovery Fair – a celebration of recovery for those on their recovery journey (or looking to start).

EPIC joined four other behavioral health organizations in the NE Florida area under a grant-funding program called “Talkable Communities.”  The goal is to encourage health conversations and activities that spearhead a focus on mental well-being for children and families.  The key component is providing free, evidence-based mental health/suicide prevention classes throughout the community.

EPIC opened our Same Day Access Center at Central Campus, where people can walk in and be seen for an assessment without an appointment.

EPIC’s Flower & Garden Expo moved to Sykes Family Farm.

Happening in 2021:

  • Joe Biden was President.
  • Levitating was the #1 Song.
  • Nomadland won the Oscar for Best Picture.
  • Yellowstone was the top-rated television show.
  • The Toy Association awarded Toy of the Year to Hasbro’s Star Wars:  The Child Animatronic Edition Toy.

EPIC launched the Mobile Response Team for adults 26 and older who are in crisis and a Co-Responder Program with the SJC Sheriff’s Office.

EPIC partnered with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office for in-jail treatment support services.

EPIC increased residential bed capacity by 60% through renovations.

Happening in 2022:

  • Joe Biden was President.
  • Heat Waves was the #1 Song.
  • CODA won the Oscar for Best Picture.
  • NCIS was the top-rated television show.
  • The suicide and crisis lifeline “988” officially launched across the US.

EPIC celebrates 50 Years of community impact!

EPIC opened an office in Bunnell (Flagler County) offering outpatient mental health & substance use treatment and prevention services.

Happening in 2023:

  • Joe Biden was President
  • Paint the Town Red was the #1 Song the week of October 10, 2023
  • Everything Everywhere All at once won the Oscar for Best Picture
  • NCIS was the top-rated television show so far in 2023
  • The US record industry reported in March that for the 1st time since 1987, sales of vinyl records exceeded CD sales.