Information & Resources for Pasco County


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Local Advocacy & Resource Organizations


Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)

(serves Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties.)
University of South Florida
Department of Child & Family Studies

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113-A
Tampa, Fl 33612-3899
(813) 974-2532; In Florida (800) 333-4530; (813) 974-6115 (fax)



Disability Achievement Center (formerly Caring & Sharing, CASCIL)

Serves Pasco & Pinellas Counties

A disability resource Center serving all persons of all ages in Pasco and Pinellas Counties who have disabilities. Advocacy is one of the core services provided. This service will include assisting persons with understanding the community and state services available and helping individuals determine how to gain access to such services that may be needed to help them gain or maintain community independence. Core services also include information and referral, peer mentoring and independent Living skills programs.

12552 Belcher Rd S., Largo, Fl 33773  Website:

Phone:  (727) 539-7550 Toll-Free: (866) 539-7550  

Fax (727) 539-7588 • Toll Free Fax (866) 533-7558 



Family Care Council SunCoast Area

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 "SC" 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 Gulfcoast

(Covers Hernando, Pasco, & Pinellas Counties)

Pinellas County Schools

2929 Co Rd 193

Clearwater, Fl 33759

(727) 793-2723  (No website)


Positive Family Intervention Project

Collaborative effort between the University of South Florida (USF) and the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) housed at USF's St. Petersburg campus.  The project is a research study that has been designed to evaluate two approaches to parent education, both of which have been proven to be effective in improving children's behavior.  Parents participating in this study will receive training and assistance in positive behavior support for their young child with a developmental disability.  For more information contact Meme Hieneman, PH.D. at 727-873-4814 or go to:


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.


    CMS-Pinellas Park

    (Covers Pasco & Pinellas Counties)
   3491 Gandy Blvd. North
, Suite 100, Pinellas Park, FL  33781
    (727) 217-7800/ 1-800-336-1612
    Regional Medical Director: John Curran, M.D.
    Regional Nursing Director: Joanne Angel, R.N.
    Regional Program Administrator: Patty Kopp



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 



    All Children’s Hospital / Center for Child Development

    Early Steps

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

    500 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:


Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Program 

To enhance the quality of life for Pasco County’s well elderly citizens, through provision of hot nutritious meals, while reducing isolation and prolonging mental and physical acuity through socialization and active participation at congregate dining sites. 

DADE CITY: (352) 521-5174, LAND O’LAKES: (813) 929-1231, PORT RICHEY:(727) 834-3340


Pasco County Health Department 

The Pasco County Health Department provides a wide range of clinical, environmental, and other public health services to the residents of Pasco County.  WIC services are provided through the Health Department.  See website for appropriate contact information:


Pasco County Human Services Division

The Human Services mission is to insure the health and welfare of Pasco County’s indigent and at-risk populations, by providing a variety of medical and general assistance through networking and coordinating services with other governmental entities, non-profit service agencies and other related community human service providers.  In order to qualify for assistance for all services, residents must meet established income and asset eligibility criteria, and provide staff with the required documentation.  See website for appropriate contact information:



Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT)



Sunrise of Pasco County, Inc.

Full-service domestic violence and sexual assault center providing a safe place for victims to heal and to plan their future. Established in 1982, our private, non-profit organization provides a wide range of services to help victims and their children survive the aftermath of abuse and to move towards safe and enriching lives. 

Administrative Telephone: (352)521-3358    Hotline: (352) 521-3120 

Sexual Assault Toll Free Hotline (West & Central Pasco):1-888-668-RAPE (7273)


Support Groups


AWARE 4 Autism Social Skills Group

Social skills Group in Pasco County for children with Asperger's Syndrome, high functioning Autism, PDD NOS, Non Verbal learning Disability, ADHD, or whatever fits!  This group will be fun and inviting! We will meet one day per week to discuss ways to enrich your childs abilities to interact with other children. This will be a hands-on experience to learn how to communicate with peers, to make friends, and ways to avoid bullying from others.  There will be role-playing as well as games to teach your child age-appropriate ways to facilitate relationship building.
Cost: $10 donation.  When: ages 9 and up on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm, starting January 10th, 2006. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED DUE TO VERY LIMITED SPACE. NO WALK-INS ALLOWED PLEASE.

Suzette Fleiss: (727)376-2792
Location:  1716 Kinsmere Drive, Trinity, FL


CHADD North Pinellas West Pasco

(Children & Adults with Attention Defecit/ Hyperactivity Disorder)

Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Station No. 65

250 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL

Contact Beverly at




Service Providers


Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay

Develops and implements skill acquisition and/or behavior reduction programs for children with autism or similar disorders as well as children who engage in disruptive behavior.

Redfern Professional Office Complex, 3717 Turman Loop, Suite 102, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544. Phone:  (813) 265-0210


Hillsborough County location: 6916 W Linebaugh Avenue, Suite 102, Tampa, Florida 33625. 
Phone: (813) 265-0210


Maxim Healthcare Services

Danny Murray, 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.

6016 US HWY 19

New Port Richey, FL 34652  PH: 727-834-9444  FAX: 727-834-9555





* If you know of a support group or resource in Pasco County not listed here,

please e-mail our Resource Coordinator at


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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