Author: Crystal Parks

2015 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

On September 9, 2016, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), detailing the state of substance use and mental disorders in the nation.

This national report summarizes key findings for indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States. Results are provided for the overall category of individuals aged 12 or older as well as by age subgroups. Trends continue to be presented for estimates that are assumed to have remained comparable with those in earlier years (e.g., marijuana and heroin use trends for 2002 to 2015 and mental health trends typically for 2008 to 2015).

Click here to view the full report from SAMHSA.

Support Gateway When You Shop Online at Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

Summer vacations. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Family Reunions. Back to School.

Whatever the reason may be for shopping online this summer, you can support Gateway when you make a purchase at Amazon Smile.

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon will make a donation to our organization. That’s right! You can generate donations for your favorite charity—Gateway Community Services. When you shop, Amazon gives. It’s that simple!

To choose Gateway as your charity of choice, use the following link to be directed to Amazon Smile in support of our organization:

Thank you for supporting Gateway.

Happy Shopping!

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training: Two-Day Workshop
August 2 & 3, 2016  ~  September 13 & 14, 2016

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*There is no cost to attend this workshop for participants.

Part One Information:
{This session is currently full. If you wish to be placed on the wait list, email Crystal Parks at}

An Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy:  Part 1
“Treating Clients Who Experience Severe Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral Dysregulation”

Learning Objectives:
(1) Demonstrate a clear understanding of the theory base for DBT (2) Apply strategies to help clients become more skillful in managing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and interpersonal problems (3) Identify the four key modes of treatment in standard DBT (4) Demonstrate how to use interventions such as Behavior Chain Analysis and Diary Card in your practice (5) Describe the five modules of skills that are taught to clients and their families (6) Discuss suggested adaptations for providing DBT in your practice setting

Dates & Times:
August 2 & 3, 2016
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
One (1) hour for Lunch; Two (2) 15-minute breaks each day (14 CE’s)

Gateway-Steps to Recovery
555 Stockton Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Part Two Information:
{This session is currently full. If you wish to be placed on the wait list, email Crystal Parks at}

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group:  Part 2
“A Closer Look at One Mode of the Treatment”

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe adherent DBT and the core research findings (2) Demonstrate how to use the Diary Card and Behavior Chain Analysis with clients (3) Know the key teaching points for the 5 modules of DBT skills (4) Differentiate between adolescent and adult DBT Skills groups (5) Understand, practice and explain the role of mindfulness in DBT (6) Know how to develop the structure and inclusion criteria for DBT Skills Group (7) Develop skills to manage difficult client behaviors that occur in DBT Skills group (8) Generalize suggested adaptations for providing DBT skills into their practice setting

Dates & Times:
September 13 & 14, 2016
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
One (1) hour for Lunch; Two (2) 15-minute breaks each day (14 CE’s)

Gateway-Steps to Recovery
555 Stockton Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204


The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training is supported by a grant from the
Women’s Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

Gateway Launches $7 Million Capital Campaign

Gateway has unveiled phase one of its $7 million capital campaign. Plans to raise $3.6 million for phase one of the campaign were announced in February during a groundbreaking ceremony held at its Stockton Street campus. This is the first time the organization has launched a capital campaign.

Phase one involves construction of a new 12,850-square-foot Outpatient Clinic, which will house counselors and case management offices, medication-assisted treatment as well as group meeting rooms. Administrative offices at Gateway’s Stockton Street location will relocate to the second floor of the new outpatient building, thus freeing up 40 additional rooms for transitional housing for patients. Construction of the new building will provide valuable space to Gateway patients with nowhere to go after treatment and enable the organization to greatly increase its services throughout Northeast Florida. Phase one will also involve complete renovation of 108 rooms at the Stockton Street campus.

The Florida Times-Union recently published an article about the capital campaign and what it means for the Jacksonville community. To read the full article visit,

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Gateway encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Northeast Florida a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Gateway is showing its support for our nation’s children by displaying blue pinwheels – the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 National Prevention Partners have created 2016 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available online at
Throughout the month of April, celebrate the lives you touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel.