Adult Services

Outpatient Services:
Mental Health and Substance Use

Sarasota: 941-366-5333
Manatee: 941-753-1823
Venice:  941-497-7742

Case Management and Targeted Case Management

941-366-5333
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, extension 5161
Program Director Amy Stein astein@fsos.org, dwolfson@fsos.org, dleigh-estes@fsos.org
Compeer is an international nonprofit organization that matches children and adults, living with a mental illness, with a thoroughly screened and trained volunteer, who acts as a friend, mentor, and role model. We facilitate one-to-one friendships, school-based mentoring, mental health education, and social activities. Our volunteer mentors spend a minimum of four hours a month with their mentees, doing fun activities in the community. We are accepting client referrals and volunteer applications. Our tagline is "Mental Wellness Starts with Friendship," and we believe that a mentor's time and compassion can improve someone's life and reduce the stigma of mental illness. If you believe in the healing power of friendship, please join the Compeer family! Here are our websites, so you can learn more about us.
https://compeersarasota.org/
http://compeersarasotayouth.org/

Crisis Stabilization

941-364-9355
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.

Access Center

941-552-1950
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

941-552-1950
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)

Sarasota: 941-366-5333
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.
941-331-2530
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

941-366-5333
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

Sarasota: 941-331-2530 
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.

Outpatient Therapy

Sarasota: 941-366-5333
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.

Telehealth

941-366-5333
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.

Acute Care Services               

Crisis Stabilization Unit

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. 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.

Detox / Addiction Receiving Facility

This inpatient program provides safe medical detoxification from drugs or alcohol. In addition, case management services refer clients to residential or outpatient programs for continued care following discharge. This services is for those who are in crisis from drugs or alcohol, whether referred voluntarily or involuntarily. Involuntary admissions are initiated through the Florida Marchman Act.

Adult Residential Services

941-366-5333

Choices

This residential treatment court-ordered program for men consists of two-month intensive therapeutic components, followed by a four-month employment re-entry phase. For clinically appropriate men under the legal supervision of the Department of Corrections.

Crossroads

A long-term residential program for women under supervision of the Department of Corrections, Crossroads includes individual and group therapy, life management skills, addresses anger management, communication and relationship skills.

Mothers & Infants

This long-term residential program for substance-abusing pregnant women focuses on recovery as well as teaching parenting, nutrition and life skills. For clinically and medically appropriate women.

Pathways

An intensive, 28-day recovery program, Pathways provides clients with individual and group therapy as well as experiential and psycho-educational services. Strong connections to 12-step programs exist.

Seasons

Clients with co-occurring severe mental health and substance abuse disorders receive psychiatric services, on-going group, individual and family therapy, psycho-educational groups and life skills training. Seasons serves a special population, forensic clients, under statute 916. For those with a diagnosis of substance abuse and severe mental health disorders.

Royal Palms

A halfway house/sober housing program that includes four hours of therapeutic services each week and daily involvement with 12-step programs. Clients are expected to obtain employment or pursue educational/vocational training as they begin their transition back to independent living.

Transitions

A halfway house program that includes 10 hours of therapeutic services each week and daily involvement with 12-step programs. Clients are expected to obtain employment or pursue educational/vocational training as they begin their transition back to independent living. For those who have successfully completed Pathways.

VIP-ER

The Voluntary Interim Placement-Enhanced Recovery (VIP-ER) program provides day treatment to individuals meeting the Salvation Army’s homeless criteria. Housing is provided by The Salvation Army, and First Step provides substance-abuse treatment. For homeless adults with addiction-related disorders.

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