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This page will be updated regularly with additional resources and links.

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catholic charities

Catholic Charities
Counseling adults, children and families to resolve mental health issues.
Call Joan (941) 355-4680×311


Centerstone of Florida
Outpatient counseling, psychiatric care, school-based therapy and addiction recovery services.
(941) 782 – 4150


Doctors Hospital – Serenity Place
Dedicated wing of the hospital with 16 private rooms. Serenity Place is for adults age 50 and over. 24/7
(941) 782 – 4150

First Step of Sarasota

First Step of Sarasota
Inpatient, outpatient counseling, psychiatric care, school-based therapy and addiction recovery services.(941) 366 – 5333


JFCS of the Suncoast
Offering impactful, immediate mental health and human services to individuals, families and groups.(941) 366 – 2224

Other Resources

Children’s Services

First Step of Sarasota
1750 17th St, Sarasota
Family Life Intervention Program (FLIP).
(941) 953-0000

The Florida Center
Infant and Early Childhood mental health services
(941) 371-8820×1000

Forty Carrots Family Center
Mental Health Services are offered for children, adolescents and families
(941) 960-2565

Head Start (Children First)
Emotional and Behavioral Support services offered
(941) 953-3887

Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center
An intensive inpatient psychiatric program offering residential treatment for males and females, 5-17 years old.
(941) 792-2222

Crisis Services

Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU)-Crisis Services
In any situation involving actual or potential injury to you or another, call 9-1-1 and ask for a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) trained officer.

Baker Act – What is it?
A way to provide individuals emergency services and temporary detention for mental health evaluation and treatment, either on a voluntary or involuntary basis.

Bayside Center for Behavioral Health
A Baker Act receiving facility. 24/7 walk-in service.
1650 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota
(941) 917-7760

Centerstone Hospital – Access Center
A Baker Act receiving facility. 24/7 walk-in service.
2020 26th Ave E, Bradenton
(941) 782-4617

First Step Crisis Stabilization Unit
A Baker Act receiving facility. 24/7 walk-in service.
1451 10th St, Sarasota
(941) 364-9355
First Step – Mobile Response Team: The Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides around the clock (24/7-365) intervention through the Access Center to youth, adults, and families who are experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis. Services are available at home, school and other community-based locations or through the Access Center via phone and Telehealth. For more information or if in crisis, call (941) 364-9355.

Riverside Behavioral Center
A Baker Act Receiving facility. 24/7 walk-in service.
733 E Olympia Ave, Punta Gorda
(941) 637-2474

Suncoast Behavioral Health Center
A Baker Act receiving facility. 24/7 walk-in service.
4480 51st St W, Bradenton
(941) 251-5000

Vocational Support

Helplines & Community Walk In Centers

NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties
(941) 444-3428
Drop in center (941) 961-8857

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
2500 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte.
(941) 766-4122

Bayfront Health Punta Gorda
809 E Marion Ave, Punta Gorda.
(941) 639-3131

DeSoto Memorial Hospital
900 North Roberts Ave, Arcadia.
(863) 494-3535

Manatee Memorial Hospital
206 Second St E, Bradenton.
(941) 746-5111

Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
(941) 917-9000

Venice Regional Bayfront Health
540 The Rialto, Venice.
(941) 485-7711

Senior Services