Information & Resources for Citrus County


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Local Advocacy & Resource Organizations


Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida

The CILNCF serves 16 counties in the North Central Florida region from (4) four locations.  Our organization provides services to individuals on a cross-disability basis and is consumer-controlled, having at least 51% people with disabilities comprising both governing board of directors as well as staff.  Our center delivers the four-core services of the Independent Living Program which includes Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Support, and Independent Living Skills Education.

Marion County Office:  3445 NE 24th St., Ocala, FL 34470

Voice (352) 368-3788  TTY (352) 368-2969 

Headquarters:  222 SW 36th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607

Voice (352) 378-7474  TTY (352) 372-3443  Toll Free (800) 265-5724

Sign Language Interpreting Services Toll Free (877) 629-8840


Family Care Council Area 13

Established in 1993 by Florida Statute, the Family Care Council (FCC) advises the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) on the needs of self-advocates and their families.  The 14 local Family Care Councils work with APD in educating, advocating, and empowering families of persons with developmental disabilities (DD).  They also assist APD with the delivery of services to persons receiving Med-Waiver funds.  Statewide Website:   Click on "13" on map for local contact information.


Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)

FDLRS (pronounced Fiddlers) provides diagnostic and instructional support services to district exceptional student education programs and families of students with exceptionalities statewide. FDLRS supports the State education goals of high student achievement, safe schools, and high performing workforce. FDLRS activities reflect these goals and demonstrate outcomes toward accomplishing them. Statewide Website:


    FDLRS Springs

    (Covers Alachua, Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, and Marion Counties)

    3881 N.W. 155th Street, Reddick, FL 32686

    (352) 671-6051 or (800) 533-0326  Fax: (352) 671-6096




Isaiah Foundation

Christian organization which provides caregiver training and respite care services for children and adults with special needs. Professional support through child and family counseling is also offered.  719 S. Otis Ave, Lecanto, FL 34461.   (352) 527-0112



Key Training Center

Provides housing, counseling, educational opportunities and job training to allow people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to lead meaningful, productive lives in an atmosphere of kindness, love, dignity and respect. 

5399 W Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto, Florida, 34461
(352) 795-5541 TDD (800) 545-1833, Ext. 347  Website:


Social Services


Children's Medical Services (CMS)

The Children's Medical Services (CMS) program provides children with special health care needs with a family centered, managed system of care. Children with special health care needs are those children under age 21 whose serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions require extensive preventive and maintenance care beyond that required by typically healthy children.  Website:  The website provides contact information by Region of the State.



    (Covers Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion & Sumter Counties)
3200 E. Silver Springs Blvd., STE  201, Ocala, FL  34470
    (352) 369-2100 or 1-888-326-7485
    Regional Medical Director: Rick Buciarelli, M.D.
    Regional Nursing Director: Sharon Surrency, R.N.
    Regional Program Administrator: Cathy Keathley



    (Covers Gilchrist, Levy, Citrus, Putnam)                                                

    1701 S.W. 16th Avenue, Bldg. B                                                
    Gainesville, FL  32608
    (352) 334-1400/ 1-800-523-7545
    Regional Medical Director: Rick Bucciarelli , M.D.
    Regional Nursing Director: Sharon Surrency, R.N.
    Regional Program Administrator: Cathy Keathley


Child's Play Foundation

Christian non-profit which provides therapeutic and psychiatric care for children who have experienced trauma or behavior difficulties. Also provides funding for Family Support, Play Therapy and Family Therapy, victims of abuse and domestic violence.  The primary method of therapy is  individual and family therapy using expressive intervention like art, play, and music.

6210 Harmony Lane, Yankeetown, FL.  (352) 447-1775  Website: Access webpage through and click on link in upper right-hand corner.


Citrus Abuse Shelter Association (CASA)

Interrupts the cycle of domestic violence in our community and provides counseling and a safe haven from abuse. Also provides parenting classes and counseling1100 E. Turner Camp Rd., Inverness, FL 34453.  For more information call:  (352) 344-8111.


Citrus County Family Resource Center

Offers are: support groups for parents, parent education classes on behavior management and communication, lending library with materials about parenting and family life, food pantry, clothes closet, baby furniture , information and referral services, a warm line, and food stamp/medicaid computer access.   2435 N. Florida Avenue, Hernando, FL 34442.  (352) 344-1001 



Citrus United Basket (CUB)

Provides food and assistance year round with special emphasis on food baskets and toys at Christmas.  P.O. Box 2094, Inverness, FL 34451 For more information call:  (352) 344-2242.


Daystar Life Center

Provides food, clothing, prescriptions, financial assistance with utilities and shelter to those in need.  6751 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Crystal River, FL 34429.  (352)795-8668



Early Steps

Early Steps is administered by Children's Medical Services (CMS) in accordance with IDEA, Part C.  Early Steps offers early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay.  Sixteen contracted local Early Steps across the state coordinate with community agencies and other contracted providers for the delivery of needed supports and services. Toll Free Phone:  888-654-440  Website:


    All Children’s Hospital / Center for Child Development

    Early Steps

    (Covers Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas & Sumter Counties)

    480 7th Avenue South, Department 7470, St. Petersburg, FL 33701                         

    727-767-4403 / 800-374-4334 / Fax: 727-727-6727 or 6721

    Louise Boothby-Llorente – Director, e-mail:


Prescription Discount Card 

Free to county residents, any county resident without prescription coverage can use this program.  Even if you have insurance for prescription drugs, you may still benefit from the discount card, since it may save you money on prescription drugs your existing plan does not cover.  For more information, including card pick-up locations, call toll free 1-877-321-2652, or visit -



Support Groups


Bereaved Parents of the USA Citrus County Chapter
1491 North Whisperwood Drive
Hernando, FL 34442 

Contact:  Bernadette Passalaqua  (352) 795-7335

2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Crystal River, Florida


Citrus County Special Needs Group

Group Leader:  Debra Lord


Families and Friends of Retarded Adults in Citrus County (FFRA)

FFRA is an organization benefitting mentally disabled adults and their families/guardians providing information, support and activities.  Coffee and refreshments served at 9 a.m., business meeting at 9:30 a.m., educational program at 10 a.m. second Friday monthly, Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center, Key Training Center, 5521 W Buster Whitton Way, Lecanto.
Call Stephanie, 344-0288, or Joan, 344-9580; or Carol, 746-6325.


Service Providers


Classic Electric, Inc.

Residential & Commercial.  Electrical and C.C.T.V. Security Cameras.  State Certified Electrical Contractor - EC13001539.  Serving Citrus, Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties. 

Owner:  Don Sal Miranti  P.O. Box 145, Inverness, FL 34451.  Office Phone:  352-637-2939


Granny Nannies

Affordable home care services.  A home care agency committed to providing the highest quality of compassionate care to its clients who are seeking independent living in the comfort of their own homes.  Assistance is also available for those in the hospital, assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Hernando:  352-684-8791  Citrus:  352-560-4229 



Maxim Healthcare Services

Bryan M. Eldredge, Account Manager

We provide hourly care in the home for families who are overwhelmed and/or cannot work due to the continual needs of their child who has developmental and/or physical disabilities. Care can be for as much as 24 hours per day 7 days per week.  We accept most private insurance, Medipass, and Medicaid. Maxim Healthcare Services does provide free in home consultations to determine if the perspective child will qualify for care.

3245 Commercial Way

Spring Hill, Florida 34606  PH: 352.683.2885  FAX: 352.683.8602


Moving Mountains, Inc.

Citrus County Med-Waiver provider.

2615 N. Florida Ave.        

Hernando, Florida  34442

(352) 637-9001 Website:




Parent Training & Information Center:

Central Florida Parent Center / AWARE Project

Milagros Pou, Diane Joslin, or Eileen Gilley

Home Office - (888) 612-9273

or (727) 789-2400



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