The Dr. Evalina W. Bestman New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, Inc is a nonprofit community-based agency serving a federally designated area of poverty, which began operations in Miami-Dade County in March of 1974. Formerly known as the University of Miami/Jackson Community Mental Health Program, New Horizons was incorporated in February of 1981 as 501(c)3 nonprofit Community-Based Organization that serves our most vulnerable neighbors and neighborhoods.
The Center was established to provide culturally sensitive and accessible services to its multiethnic catchment area and to ensure that the impoverished communities of Overtown, Wynwood, Allapattah, Brownsville, Liberty City, Northside, West Little River, and Little Haiti receive access to behavioral health resources. New Horizons has been nationally and internationally recognized for its innovative model of quality clinical care provided by a multilingual (English, French, Creole, and Spanish) team.
“A healthy mind makes for a healthy body” Evalina Bestman, Ph.D.
The Center offers a wide range of preventive, therapeutic, and supportive outpatient, and social/rehabilitative services, which include comprehensive substance abuse and mental health care, case management, crisis screening and intervention, psychosocial rehabilitation, and residential services to adults and children. It has been successful in providing services to specialized populations. The latter includes persons experiencing homelessness and mental illness, co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse), children and families at risk of abuse and neglect, adolescents at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, adult patients involved with state and local criminal justice systems, single mothers transitioning from public assistance to work and self-sufficiency, and residential care for patients unable to sustain independent living due to mental illness. NHCMHC plays a role in the broader community through community partnerships, neighborhood development, and coordination of human service providers.
New Horizons Community Mental Health Center was renamed in 2021 to Dr. Evalina Bestman New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, Inc. after the former CEO, to honor the dedication she has put into the organization and in mental health services for the community.