A Message from Our CEO


From the Desk of the CEO-Nov 2016

Women and Children's Center: An Answer to Addicted Mothers

Chautauqua Women and Children’s Center is an answer to a long time community service need identified by the Walton Community Health Improvement Partnership.  Because of the high number of substance exposed babies born in Walton County a treatment facility is long overdue for these mothers.  In 2016 there have been over 100 drug exposed babies born to Walton County mothers.  These babies are often born premature and the mothers have had no prenatal care. 

“The infants are born with either Xanax or Heroin in their system and are addicted.  We cannot stand by and allow this to continue” says Rachel Gillis, CEO of COPE.  COPE Center has designed a program and facility to provide long term residential treatment for pregnant and postpartum mothers who are recovering from substance use.  These mothers will be allowed and encouraged to keep their child with them during their treatment. 

Towardst the goal of renovating a building for the 15 bed residential program, Chautauqua Offices of Psychotherapy and Evaluation, Inc. applied for several appropriate grants and was among the three recipients this year of the Impact 100 Grant.  This generous grant is the initial contribution to the construction fund for the program.  For more information about donating, to the construction fund, contact Tina Odom at 850-892-8045. 

Rachel Gillis, LCSW, BCD
Chief Executive Officer, COPE Center


850-892-HELP (4357) or 850-267-2220 in South Walton

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