With continued population growth, Collier County’s mental health crisis services will not be able to meet the community’s demands. The David Lawrence Center (DLC) currently has 30 crisis treatment beds, and the facility is consistently at peak capacity. State data demonstrates that a considerable number of Collier Baker Acts are currently being transferred out of county. 

Additionally, there are approximately 150 inmates in the Collier County Jail each day that have mental health issues and/or co-occurring substance abuse issues that could be more effectively treated in a different, less intensive setting.


  • Construct a new, larger facility 
  • Increase capacity of adult inpatient mental health crisis and addiction treatment services 
  • Function as the Central Receiving Center (CRC) for those receiving services under both Baker Act and the Marchman Act 
  • Reduce the existing demands on the Collier County Jail 


  • 55,000 Sqft facility adjacent to the David Lawrence Center main campus 
  • 12 bed Emergency Services Assessment Center (currently 3 beds) 
  •  45 bed adult crisis stabilization unit (capacity to increase to 60 beds) (22 beds currently)  
  • 15 bed adult detoxification unit (capacity to increase to 30 beds) licensed as an Addiction Receiving Facility (ARF) (15 existing beds would remain operational in current location)  
  • 20 bed residential substance abuse treatment unit (capacity to increase to 30 beds) (18 existing beds would remain operational in current location)  
  • Central Receiving Center 
  • Kitchen, Dining Room, Meeting Rooms, General Support, etc.


  • Estimated Construction cost is $26.5 million 
  • David Lawrence Center will seek state and local governmental as well as other community support to cover the operations costs. 


  • To be determined contingent on adequate funding.


Scott Burgess, CEO  

David Lawrence Center