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In the early 1980s, Mary Jane and Jack Han­ley’s vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship es­tab­lished the Han­ley Cen­ter and Han­ley Cen­ter Foun­da­tion as an an­swer for the area’s lack of qual­ity ad­dic­tion treat­ment op­tions. Now known sim­ply as Han­ley Foun­da­tion, our char­i­ta­ble 501(c)(3) or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides pro­gram­ming and grant sup­port for statewide sub­stance use dis­or­der ad­vo­cacy, pre­ven­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and ac­cess to qual­ity treat­ment in 21 Florida coun­ties. In 2018, Han­ley Foun­da­tion will pro­vide more than $3 mil­lion in pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices in Florida, im­pact­ing the lives of 65,000 stu­dents, par­ents and care­givers. Our schol­ar­ships al­low those who des­per­ately need treat­ment, but strug­gle to af­ford and ac­cess qual­ity care, funds to bridge the gap.


Pre­ven­tion: Data shows the longer we can de­lay the age of first use of sub­stances in a child, the less likely the child will suf­fer with ad­dic­tion as an adult. In 2018, the foun­da­tion will launch the SPORT Mar­i­juana pro­gram to pre­vent cannabis use by pro­mot­ing risk aware­ness while build­ing up youth fit­ness, health and pos­i­tive self-im­age. SPORT joins nine other ev­i­dence-based pro­grams we pro­vide in Florida, em­pow­er­ing stu­dents to com­bat peer pres­sure and guid­ing par­ents and care­givers in keep­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion open with their chil­dren.

Ed­u­ca­tion: The foun­da­tion en­hanced its ed­u­ca­tion out­reach in 2017-18 through its sym­posia se­ries, in­clud­ing Pro­ject C4OPE, a fo­rum se­ries for fam­i­lies in the opi­oid cri­sis, as well as the When Law­ful Drugs Come to Work seminar, which gave lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers in­sights into work­place laws sur­round­ing the le­gal use of such drugs as med­i­cal mar­i­juana and opi­ates. A new po­si­tion, di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, was cre­ated to en­sure we reach more pop­u­la­tions while work­ing to re­duce the stigma sur­round­ing sub­stance use dis­or­ders and men­tal health is­sues.

Ad­vo­cacy: Our staff serve on sub­stance abuse task forces and work closely with part­ner com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions. In the past sev­eral years, the foun­da­tion has broad­ened its part­ner­ships statewide, chang­ing the con­ver­sa­tion sur­round­ing sub­stance use dis­or­ders, in­creas­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, first re­spon­ders, the le­gal com­mu­nity, med­i­cal per­son­nel, qual­ity treat­ment providers, gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties and other stake­hold­ers in the sub­stance abuse pre­ven­tion and treat­ment space. Han­ley Foun­da­tion now has en­hanced part­ner­ships with sub­stance use dis­or­der coali­tions in all 21 coun­ties it serves.

Ac­cess to Qual­ity Treat­ment: Sta­tis­tics show that less than 11 per­cent of those need­ing treat­ment re­ceive it. Han­ley Foun­da­tion is work­ing to re­move fi­nan­cial bar­ri­ers by pro­vid­ing treat­ment schol­ar­ships. The foun­da­tion’s new Life­saver So­ci­ety’s goal is to raise $1 mil­lion each year for its schol­ar­ship fund to pro­vide on­go­ing as­sis­tance.

HAN­LEY FOUN­DA­TION, 700 S. Dixie High­way, Suite 103, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. 561-268-2355; www.han­ley­foun­da­tion.org

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