Fees & Insurances

First Step of Sarasota Inc. accepts most insurance plans. As a non-profit provider, First Step offers a sliding-scale fee for most programs and services  those who are in need of financial assistance. The cost of your treatment will be determined by household income and the number of individuals in the household. First Step also accepts Medicaid, Medicare (outpatient only), and self-pay clients.

Don’t let cost be a barrier to seeking the treatment you need to make a powerful difference in your life. If you do not have insurance, you may be eligible for a sliding-scale fee discount. Please provide sufficient proof of household income for every person living in the household who receives any type of income. Examples of proof of income include:

  • SS wage report
  • W-2
  • Tax return
  • Paystub
  • Bank statement
  • Any other documents regarding household income you feel would be important

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