Mental Health and Substance Use
Case Management and Targeted Case Management
General and Targeted Case Management provides person– centered support.
We at First Step of Sarasota work to optimize the lives 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, Ext. 5232 or 5132
Mentoring program for adults with mental health disorders
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 health care professionals trained in risk assessment and crisis intervention evaluations.
The Kreisman Crisis Stabilization Unit has 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 refer themselves or be referred 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 connections to mental health and medical treatment as well as social, educational and housing services.
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 are welcome.
Early Intervention Program
First Step of Sarasota, Inc. provides HIV/AIDS education and intervention services through the Early Intervention program. Staffed by highly-trained outreach workers, this program accomplishes many of its goals by working in high-drug-traffic areas.
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.
Living Skills Prevention Program
941-953-0000 or 941-376-1680
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.
Medication Assisted Medications:
Maternal Outpatient Mental Wellness Program (MOM’S)
North Port: 941-492-4300
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. 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 linkd to and monitoring of additional social services to promote recovery, safety, and well-being of the family.
An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specializing in psychiatric treatment for pregnant women and mothers will evaluate your needs and make recommendations that can include safely prescribing medications. Women can be self-referred or referred by medical providers, obstetricians and/or pediatricians, Healthy Start, the Department of Health or any other community providers.
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.
Outpatient Psychiatric Medication Services
A full array of outpatient medication-based services including psychiatric evaluation, medication management for adults and children and medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs for opioid and alcohol use disorders.
Outpatient Psychiatric Services
North Port: 941-492-4300
Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication prescription and monitoring are provided by Board Certified Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (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.
North Port: 941-492-4300
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.
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 other 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.