BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA
DIRECTOR OF BROWARD ADDICTION RECOVERY
Broward County, seated in Fort Lauderdale, is located on the Atlantic coast in southeast Florida midway between Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County. Broward encompasses 31 separate municipalities and is among the largest counties in the United States. The County has experienced explosive growth in people and development since the 1970s. It is now an urban county with an ethnically diverse permanent population in excess of 1.9 million.
The County boasts 23 miles of beaches, an average January temperature of 70 degrees, award-winning parks and library systems, a wide array of professional sport teams and sporting venues, excellent colleges and universities, outstanding cultural amenities and unsurpassed shopping and dining establishments. These and other attractions have made Broward County a destination of choice for more than ten million visitors each year.
Broward County is governed by a nine-member Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). Commissioners are elected by district in partisan elections to four-year staggered terms. The County Mayor and Vice Mayor are annually elected by the BOCC. The BOCC appoints a professionally qualified County Administrator, a County Attorney and a County Auditor. Broward County voters also elect a Supervisor of Elections, a Property Appraiser and a Sheriff. These constitutional officers manage their own agencies but rely on the BOCC for funding and some centralized services including budget. All other County functions fall under the responsibility of the BOCC and are managed by the County Administrator. The County currently employs approximately 5,200 FTEs under the County Administrator and its FY 2017 budget is approximately $4.6B.
The Broward County Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) is a division of the County’s Human Services Department. BARC, along with its partnering public and private sectors agencies, comprises a comprehensive human services delivery system which provides integrated, community-based, and consumer-directed addiction recovery assistance to the Broward County community. These services are available to Broward County residents over the age of 18 who are affected by substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders and who are uninsured, under insured, struggling due to a catastrophic event or who otherwise meet specified program requirements.
BARC’s experienced professional staff is dedicated to helping clients attain healthy and satisfying lifestyles free from addiction. BARC provides services in a caring, respectful and confidential manner, utilizing individual, group and family therapy. The Center collaborates with a variety of health care providers and referral sources that together ensure clients receive services that will support their recovery. BARC operates with a current budget of $13.5 million and employs approximately 165 FTE’s.
The Director of Broward Addiction Recovery reports to and works under the administrative direction of the Director of Human Services and is responsible for overseeing the operations of BARC’s coordinated network of substance abuse sites.