About Us

Our Mission:

The First Step of Sarasota mission is to provide quality care with compassion, respect, and dignity for adults and children who have mental-health and substance-use disorders.

We offer a wide range of evidence-based, innovative, and comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and community-based prevention and treatment programs for children and adults. These programs are designed to improve our clients' lives and engage and assist them to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their community.

First Step is the leading provider of behavioral-health solutions in Sarasota and we are dedicated to creating wellness for every individual.

Our Vision:

Our passion for caring for our community and our commitment to meet the behavioral health care needs of the communities we serve is at the core of everything we do.

Each year, we serve more than 7,000 children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families throughout the area. We provide services for people where they are needed, in schools, in homes, in groups, in hospitals and even in jails.

First Step is the only agency in Sarasota County providing psychiatric care on a sliding-fee scale for clients without insurance.

“Saving the Next Generation”
Our goal is to, despite inadequate state funding, provide best-practice and innovative treatment, prevention, and outreach programs for the more than 12,500 Sarasota County children, adults, and families in need. First Step's campaign to “Save the Next Generation” will focus on our innovative prevention and treatment programs for youths and young adults and the current alcohol, drug and opioid crisis in our community.

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Our Community Partners:

*Community partners are businesses that have chosen to support our organization as a community partner sponsor. If you are interested please click here for the sponsorship form.

Mental Health Partners:

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