First Step of Sarasota offers innovative and comprehensive mental health and substance abuse programs for adults including, inpatient, outpatient and telehealth services.
Behavioral Health and Crisis Walk In Access Center:
The First Step Access Center offers immediate counseling and referral services to individuals who are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis.
We provide: crisis counseling, referral resource, family intervention, substance use and mental health screening. Walk-ins welcome
Inpatient Crisis Stabilization:
Crisis Stabilization Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency services to individuals 18 and older who are experiencing a severe emotional or psychiatric crisis. Staff are healthcare professionals trained in risk assessment and crisis intervention evaluations.
Kreisman Crisis Stabilization Unit is comprised of a total of 37 beds in two units. Our clients come from all walks of life.
The Kreisman Center CSU is the designated Public Baker Act receiving facility for adults in Sarasota. Individuals are screened and evaluated and can be self-referred or by law enforcement officers, family members, local hospital emergency rooms, physicians mental health professionals and other social services agencies if they present an imminent risk of “serious bodily harm” to themselves and/or others as a result of a mental health disorder and/ or substance use.
On site and follow up services include helping clients gain access to post discharge services, these services include linkage to mental health and medical treatment, social, educational and housing.
Outpatient Services: Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Case Management and Targeted Case Management
941 552-1950 extension 4404
Our case managers help clients gain access to the services needed to meet their mental health and personal needs, achieve recovery and live independently in the community. We coordinate service with other providers to help each individual achieve personalized goals.
The primary goal of general and targeted case management is to prevent the need for a higher level of care.
The purpose is to assist individuals in gaining access to needed medical, social, educational, employment, housing and other services.
We at First Step work on optimizing the functioning of individuals who have complex needs by coordinating and linking them to treatment and other resources to assist in the development of their own natural support system.
Compeer Program at First Step
941 953-0000, extension 5232 or 5132
Mentoring program for adults for mental health disorder
Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment with Vivitrol is a treatment program for opioid and alcohol addiction with proven results when used in combination with support and counseling.
Our web-based TeleHealth platform allows clients to schedule a face to face video session with our professionals from the comfort of their home, office or location of their choosing. All they need is an internet connection, and a computer or smart phone with camera.
Speak with your provider to see if you are eligible.
Telehealth is available to non-insured and Florida Medicaid clients. Commercial plans may also cover this service. This service is also available to our uninsured. Ask us about Telehealth benefits under your plan.
Maternal Outpatient Mental Wellness Program (MOM’S )
The MOM’s Wellness Program addresses the psychological wellbeing of pregnant women, nursing mothers, and women with postpartum depression or anxiety symptoms safely and supportively.
An APRN specialized in psychiatric treatment for pregnant women and mothers will evaluate your needs and make recommendations that can include safely prescribing medications. Women can be referred by self-referral, medical providers, obstetricians and/or pediatrician, Healthy Start, Department of Health or any other community providers.
Outpatient Psychiatric Services:
Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication prescription and monitoring are
provided by Board Certified Psychiatrists or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Psychiatric Physician Assistants.
Individuals are encouraged to participate in adjunct outpatient individual and/or group therapies for optimal treatment outcomes and well-being.
These services include individual and family treatment for emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse problems. Our professionals are trained in providing integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders using best and promising practices that promote holistic health.
Women’s Substance Use Treatment
This program offers outpatient treatment services specifically tailored to the needs of pregnant women and women with dependent children who struggle with drug and/or alcohol addiction. It includes case management to ensure that the needs of the child and mother are met through linkage to and monitoring of additional social services to promote recovery, safety, and well-being of the family.
Forensic Services provide advocacy, support and monitoring.
Forensic Services are provided to individuals with a mental illness pursuant to Chapter 916 of Florida Statutes. These are individuals who have been court ordered for an evaluation or who have been committed to the Department of Children and Families under the provisions of Chapter 916 F.S. These are individuals who have received an Order for Evaluation of Competency or Sanity or have been adjudicated as Incompetent to Proceed (ITP) or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGI) due to mental illness.
941-953-0000 or 941-376-1680
Living Skills Prevention Program
A free adult prevention education program offered to any group 18+ in Sarasota County
Living Skills is divided into two unique components: Personal Growth and Practical Guidance. Personal growth covers the internal skills needed to be a positive member of a community while Practical Guidance provides information on the day-to-day external skills needed to live a healthy life.
Each individual topic includes four (30-45 minute) sessions. If you have a group of individuals who can benefit from any of these classes, pick one or more topic to be scheduled and presented at your location.