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By Marcia Lane
Photo by Kate Gardiner
EPIC Behavioral Healthcare’s vision is to be the source for quality, comprehensive behavioral healthcare in the community. To that end, it has both a counseling/prevention center and, at a different location, a recovery center.
It’s been 44 years since a group of people concerned about the increase in adolescent substance abuse formed the organization that became EPIC. Through the years, the focus, which was originally on kids, has widened to include a more diverse age group and adapted to handle changing societal needs. The not-for-profit company now has 52 full, and part-time employees.
When the name was changed to EPIC, the letters didn’t stand for anything specific, noted Teresa Andrews, Director of Development for Epic. But, at some point they realized what they did: Education, Prevention, Intervention and Counseling. It was a perfect fit for the EPIC name.
EPIC believes in the possibility of recovery — from addiction, substance use and mental health disorders. They accomplish their goals through a variety of programs, including clinical services for children and adolescents, clinical services for adults, and prevention and wellness services. They’ve also made a concerted effort to improve understanding about mental and substance use disorders in the community and they always strive to include the families of those affected.
Since 1994, EPIC also has been the sponsoring organization for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County. They see it as a natural fit since mentoring, which is such an important part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, has been shown to help prevent alcohol and drug use among children.
Epic Behavioral Healthcare • 1400 Old Dixie Highway, St. Augustine
Counseling Center – (904) 829-2273 • Recovery Center – (904) 471-7100