About Us

Our mission is to engage, restore, and empower individuals in our community to reach their fullest potential.

The vision of Peace River Center is to be a center of excellence for building emotional wellness.


Integrity  Can be trusted by other team members to consistently communicate truthfully and honestly and to act in accordance with the best interests of the persons served, the team, and Peace River Center.


Accountability  Can be depended upon to accept responsibility for actions and decisions and to follow through.  Readily admits mistakes and initiates steps to remedy them.


Team Focus  Joins with colleagues to advance the interest of PRC customers, team members, and other stakeholders.  Is a responsible and caring partner and can be counted upon to help.


Respect  Believes in the intrinsic worth of all people and works to create a culture of inclusion built on trust, empathy and the philosophy of Recovery.  Values and treats others with dignity.


Excellence  Maintains an optimistic and proactive attitude to ensure that products and services surpass expectations.  Tries to do his/her best at all times and continually looks for innovative ways to do it even better.

Peace River Center helps over


individuals each year.

Peace River Center has 27 locations and 30 programs. We are accreditated by The Joint Commission and licensed by ACHA and DCF

We offer an array of services within our 30 programs, which include, but are not limited to:

24-hour crisis services

Domestic violence shelters and victim advocacy

Group homes

Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services

Integrated care combining primary care and behavioral health services

Mobile and in-home services

Rape Recovery & Resource Center

Substance abuse treatment

Our Story

Peace River Center was founded in the late 1940s in response to the community’s concern for the emotional and psychological well-being of children. Over time, Peace River Center gradually expanded their services to include adults. A significant growth period for the Center came after the 1973 passing of the Baker Act, which is Florida’s Mental Health Act, enabling them to establish a community mental health center as an alternative to treatment at the State Hospital. In the late 1970s Peace River Center opened the first of two domestic violence shelters, and in 2013 we added a primary care Wellness Clinic. Our Lakeland Crisis Campus opened in January 2018.


Our Team

Executive Team

Bill Gardam, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer


Carol Gilmore, PHR

Director of Human Resources


Candace Barnes, LMHC CBHCMS-AC

Chief Operating Officer


Ileana Kniss

Director of Development and Community Relations


David J. Tournade, CPA

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Advisory Board

The Advisory Board assists PRC with fundraising ideas, planning special events and increasing community awareness about the services we offer to Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. The Advisory Board's main goal is to increase community involvement in the mission and vision of Peace River Center.

Kelly Aiken

Nancy Cattarius

Denise Crenshaw

Susan Curry

Erin Golotko

Rachel Hollis

Joy Jackson Martin

Amy Laderer

Maggie Mariucci

Steve and Lisa Moseley

Matt Mucci

Carole Philipson

Don and Carol Pickard

Clint Rhoton

Sandra G. Sheets

David Shepp

Bevin Strickland

Stacy Walsh

Lindsay Zimmerman

Board of Directors

Peter Golotko, CPA/PFS, MBA


Al Dorsett

Vice Chair

Deborah Petrovich Weber, CPA


Paul Baggett, M.P.A., MSHRM, CPM


David S. Bergdoll, Esquire

Robert S. Bodolay, RHU

Cheryl R. Dee, Ph.D.

Ian Floyd

Clarence B. Grier, Sr., MA

Emeritus Member

Mary Kay Langford

Emeritus Member

Michael A. Micallef, Jr., MA, MBA

Stanley B. Reed, MAI

Lori Walsh

Edward Weed

Emeritus Member

Capital Campaign Committee

Denise Crenshaw


Kathy Haley

Hollis Hooks

Barbara Lineberger

Deborah Petrovich Weber

Margaret Parry

Campaign Coordinator

Adriana Hall

Sheriff Grady Judd

Seth McKeel

Edgar G. Weed

Bill Gardam

Cheif Executive Officer

Barbara Hoffman

Mary Kay Langford

Ihla Sloman

Junior Advisory Board

Grayson Aceto

Nathan Calzat

Ben Chase

Matthew Echenique

Anna Esterline

Trent Henley

Landon Hopper

Logan Hopper

Chloe Lausell

Sebastian Martinez

Madeline Murphy

Ben Schiller

Zoe Steelman

Anna Terlep

Matthew Werd

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Insurances Accepted

PRC will never deny services to anyone based on their inability to pay. PRC will provide discounts to patients based on family size and income.