Leading Collier County’s nonprofit mental health center
The David Lawrence Center is a not-for-profit provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. The center provides innovative inpatient, outpatient, residential and community- based prevention and treatment services for children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges.
Scott Burgess joined David Lawrence Center as CEO in January 2014, after a 21-year career with Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health, an arm of Alexian Brothers Health System in Arlington Heights, Ill. He began working for the mental health center as an entry-level vocational counselor and progressed to executive director, a position he held for five years. During his tenure there he also served as manager of aftercare services, director of program services and director of research. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois State University, a master’s in counseling psychology from Concordia University, a certification in clinical research trials from the University of Chicago and in 2016 attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor.
He co-authored legislation that became law in Illinois to develop the first five-year statewide mental health strategic plan (2013-2018). He serves as the chair of the Circuit 20 Regional Council for the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for the Florida Council for Behavioral Health and co-chairs of the engagement committee for the Healthways Blue Zones Project. ¦
Talking points with Scott Burgess