Children’s Services

School Based Programs:

941-953-0000

School Based Mental Health

Mental health therapists provide on-site treatment to middle school students who are referred by school counselors or administrators. Therapists provide individual and family counseling, crisis stabilization services and ongoing treatment for depression, anxiety, and PTSD, with the goal of supporting school performance.

Student Assistance Program

Prevention and early intervention specialists located in Sarasota and DeSoto County high schools and middle schools. Students are either referred by school counselors or administrators. Students may also refer themselves. Staff members meet with students individually and in groups for check-ins, counseling and mentoring, drop-out or suspension prevention, substance-abuse counseling, mediation, social media bullying, grief counseling, or help during a personal crisis or to help find community resources

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Officials watch First Step of Sarasota County CEO Shawny Robey cut the ribbon to open the new 40-bed Community Offender Rehabilitative Treatment (CORT) program facility.
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Mental Health Partners:

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