Fred Lang Foundation Summer Ball

Fred Lang Foundation Summer Ball

THE NEED

Each year, mental health is gaining more attention as an essential key to our community’s quality of life. We’re here to make sure no one has to face a mental health or substance abuse problem alone.

More than 11,000 Charlotte County residents are treated annually for mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, or addictions at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC). More than 3,000 of those are children. Together, we can ensure that everyone living in Charlotte County has the opportunity to receive the support and hope needed to maintain overall mental health and wellness.

The Summer Ball is Fred Lang Foundation’s signature fundraising event to assist CBHC. The funds raised from Summer Ball continue to support the demand for services to those in dire need of crisis services, mental health counseling, or substance abuse addiction.

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has provided behavioral health and substance abuse programs and services since 1969. Our mission is to provide high quality, compassionate, cost effective health care services to the individuals and families we serve in both Charlotte and Desoto Counties.

Statistics are frightening:

• While 25% of Americans suffer from a mental illness, <1/3 of adults and <1/2 of children are receiving treatment

• Suicide rates in Charlotte County (18.9%) are one of the highest in our state

• Florida ranks 49th in per capita spending for mental health treatment

• 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18

• Over $450 billion is spent annually on costs associated with abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs related to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare

There is a huge disconnect between the need for mental health and substance abuse services and the available funding to provide those much needed services. Last fiscal year, 88.3% of CBHC patients had an annual income of $25,000 or less; 34% were uninsured and 46% were on Medicaid.

As an agency family, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, in partnership with the Fred Lang Foundation, is compassionate about implementing positive changes and assisting our neighbors to strengthen our community. Our goal is to optimize behavioral health, improve quality of life, and build an overall feeling of wellness for all children, adolescents, adults, and families in Charlotte County.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800)435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDTION BY THE STATE. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE RETAINED BY THE FRED LANG FOUNDATION, REGISTRATION NUMBER: CH20023. CHARLOTTE BEHAVIORAL HEATLH CARE REGISTRATION NUMBER: CH3145. Further inquiries can be made to the Florida Department of Agriculture on their website at www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com or call toll free at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)