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First Step Access Center

941-552-1950
Kreisman Campus
1451 10th St.
Sarasota, FL 34236

The Access Center is inside the main building of the Kreisman Crisis Unit. The Kreisman Campus is behind Channel 7 studio’s on 10th Street. The driveway is immediately past the Channel 7 news station and is on the north side of 10th Street.

Walk-ins are welcome. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If someone is in immediate need after hours, please use the bell and a staff member will help you.

The Behavioral Health Access Center offers Immediate counseling and referral services to individuals who are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis.
It provides crisis counseling, referral resources, family intervention, substance use and mental health screening.

Our dedicated Access Center Team is available to answer questions and help navigate our process as well as provide resources. Staff will carefully explain the access process, treatment options and will schedule any necessary appointments.

Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

941-364-9355 
Kreisman Campus
1451 10th St.
Sarasota, FL 34236

The Kreisman Center CSU in Sarasota provides emergency services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to individuals age 18 and older who are experiencing a severe emotional or psychiatric crisis. The Kreisman Center CSU is the designated Public Baker Act receiving facility for adults in Sarasota County. Individuals are referred for screening and evaluation by law enforcement officers, family members, local hospital emergency rooms, physicians, mental health professionals, and other social service agencies if the individuals 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.

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