Clean Start

Clean Start Handouts

Resource Guide for Sarasota County:

Bayside Center for Behavioral Health, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System
Contact Person:  Jan Kuhn

Address: 1650 S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

Phone:  (941) 917-7760, (800) 764-8477

Email or Website:

Description:  Our treatment approach combines advanced medical practice, pharmacology and psychotherapists to treat emotional disorders, which affect interpersonal or occupational functioning. Involvement of the family in treatment planning is important and considered an integral part of therapy. Services include:

Mental health services for children, adolescents and their families

  • Nurturing, comfortable environment
  • Acute adult psychiatric services
  • Senior adult mental health care
  • Substance abuse services for adults
  • Licensed Baker Act receiving facility
  • Detox program available on-site.

Costs:  Fees assessed on a sliding scale; accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and some private insurance. Payment arrangements can be negotiated.


Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Women’s Support Services

Contact Person:  Sherri Gooding

Addresses: 1451 10th St, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone:  (941) 953-0000, (941) 331-2530

7810 S Tamiami Tr., Suite A1, Venice, FL 34292

Phone:  (941) 492-4300

Email or Website:

Description:  Innovative support solutions to women who may be at risk for drug or alcohol abuse or are dealing with current substance abuse. Treatment is available on an outpatient basis. Treatment addresses addictions, lifestyles, and environmental stressors associated with drug and/or alcohol problems. Individuals often struggle with a mix of chemical dependency and mental health disorders, and subsequently, an emphasis is placed on treating co-occurring disorders as well. We offer Best Practice treatment models for our co-occurring population. Detoxification program available at the Crisis Stabilization Unit.

Costs:  Self-pay with sliding scale fee.


Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Family Emergency Treatment Center

 Contact Person:  Front Desk

Address: 1451 10th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone:  (941) 364-9355

Email or Website:

Description:  Treatment is available for families on an outpatient basis. The FETC provides immediate counseling and referral services to individuals who are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse emergency. The FETC is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and 8:00AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. Walk-ins accepted.

Costs:  None


 Department of Children and Families, Access Program

Contact Person:  Linda M. Johnson

Address: 1864 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone:  866-762-2237

Email or Website:  Email:


Description:  The Access Program administers Medicaid, food stamps, and provides other economic services for families needing financial assistance. You can apply in person or on-line.

Costs:  N/A


Department of Children and Families, Family Safety

Contact Person:  Jennifer O’Bryan

Address: 1864 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Email or Website:

Description:  Performs child abuse investigations, refers for services, takes judicial action if necessary, etc.  Works primarily with families who have children under the age of 18.

Costs:  N/A


Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health          Treatment Program

Contact Person:  Susan Nunnally

Address: 1864 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Email or Website:

Description:  Funding source for provider- also provides referral and linkages for families and individuals to local services. Open to anyone 18 years and older requiring mental health services.

Costs:  N/A


First Step of Sarasota, Inc., Women and Infants Program

Contact Person:  Diedre Jones

Address: Inpatient Care:  1726 18th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone:  Main office (941) 366-5333 x 1804

Intervention Specialist (941) 366-5333 x 1015

Cell (941) 232-2631

Email or Website:

Description:  Mothers & Infants is a safe, supportive program that combines group and individual counseling with parenting, nutrition and life management skills classes. The program emphasizes the health of the mother and her infant and provides the women with the necessary skills for on-going recovery, self-sufficiency and family reunification.Clients may stay in treatment for one year.Infants remain with the mother in treatment after birth. Women must be at least 18 years of age and pregnant to enter the program.

Costs:  None


First Step of Sarasota, Inc., Adult Outpatient Program

Contact Person:  Front Desk

Address: 1750 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone:  Main (941) 366-5333

Phone:  Sarasota (941) 552-2075

Phone:  Venice (941) 497-7742

Phone:  Arcadia (863) 494-1324

Email or Website:

Description:  First Step Outpatient Counseling is designed to meet the needs of those who are not in need of residential treatment, or due to other commitments in their personal and professional lives, need the freedom of outpatient counseling.The program blends individual, group and family therapy with substance abuse education.are three levels of treatment intensity. Clients must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for Adult Outpatient Counseling.

Costs:  Fees are based on a sliding scale and most insurance is accepted


Florida Center for Early Childhood, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic

Contact Person:  Colleen Chamberlain

Address: 4620 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235

Phone:  (941) 371-8820 ext. 1040

Email or Website:

Description:  Diagnostic and treatment services for children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. Training on fetal alcohol syndrome also provided to other agencies. Contact agency to schedule assessment.

Costs:  None


Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, Tobacco Training and Cessation

Contact Person:  Karla Brody

Address: 2201 Cantu Court, Suite 220, Sarasota, FL 34232

Phone:  (941) 361-6602

Email or Website:

Description:  Our Tobacco Cessation Specialists (the QuitTeam) offer free smoking cessation services to community members with limited access to quality healthcare in the counties of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota.  Clients are self-referred or are referred by health care providers from DeSoto Memorial Hospital, Manatee County Rural Health Services and the Healthy Start Coalitions in Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. After the client successfully completes the program and graduates, a member of the QuitTeam will follow up to provide continuing relapse support, if desired.

Costs:  None


Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.

Contact Person:  Shon Ewens

Address: 1750 17th Street, Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34234-8666

Phone:  (941) 373-7070

Email or Website:

Description:  The Healthy Start Coalition works in a public-private partnership with local maternal-child health care facilities and agencies to lead efforts to reduce poor birth outcomes and provide community and professional education in maternal and child health.  The Coalition oversees the Healthy Start Program, Save My Life and MomCare Programs and FIMR (Fetal and Infant Mortality Review) project.

Costs:  N/A


 Healthy Start Program, Sarasota County Health Department

Contact Person:  Dawn Easterbrook

Addresses: 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

Phone:  (941) 861-2905

Email or Website:

Description:  For pregnant women and children ages 0-3 years. Provides case management.

Services include:

  • Assisting with answers to health questions
  • Giving referrals as needed
  • Providing childbirth education classes and parenting education & support
  • Offering information on housing, clothing, nutrition, child health and immunizations
  • Engaging local hospitals and professionals to serve healthy start clients

Costs:  None


Home Detox, Inc.

Contact Person:  Norman Shewman

Address: 530 US 41 Bypass South, Unit 12B Venice, FL 34285

Email or Website:

Description:  A licensed Home Health Agency and licensed DCF drug and alcohol outpatient detoxification program. We are a collection site for Drug Free Workplace and do drug screening in the home, business, and our office. Services are provided to Sarasota, Venice and North Port residents. Accepts clients 13 years of age and older.

Costs:  Fees are assessed on a sliding scale basis. Private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare accepted.


JFCS – Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Contact Person:  Intake Office

Address: 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

Phone:  (941) 366-2224

Email or Website:

Description:  Assessment for drug and alcohol abuse is a regular part of our intake process along with assessment for mental, emotional, behavioral, and psychological problems Substance Abuse is addressed with individuals of all ages, couples, families, groups and in our school based and senior programs. Prevention is the educational component of our program. Intervention is the action phase of our program where more intensive treatment will be considered.

Costs:  Varies depending on service, insurance accepted, free programs available


Safe Children Coalition, Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc.

Contact Person:  Sara Dawson

Address: 1500 Independence Blvd., Suite 210, Sarasota, FL 34234

Phone:  (941) 371-4799 ext.179

Email or Website:

Description:  The Safe Children Coalition is a community coalition blending available resources to assist abused and neglected children and their families in reaching permanency in a safe and stable environment. Foster care programs for children ages 0-18 years. Children referred through DCF/CPI. Child removed from family and placed with foster care (relative or non-relative placements)

Core functions provided by the Safe Children Coalition are:

  • Case Management
  • Foster Care
  • Adoptions
  • Independent Living
  • Prevention-Diversion
  • Quality management & Training
  • Community & Client Relations
  • Data Services & Client Records
  • Background Screening

Costs:  None


Sarasota County Health Department, Children’s Health Clinic

Contact Person:  Front Desk

Address: 1750 17th Street, Building E, Sarasota, FL 34234

6950 Outreach Way (formerly Pan American Dr) North Port, FL 34287

Phone:  Sarasota  (941) 861-1400

North Port  (941)861-3820

Email or Website:

Description:  Pediatric primary health services (well child check-ups, sick visits, immunizations) for newborns to age 18 years. Requires Sarasota County residency and/or financial screening to be eligible for services.

Costs:  Determined by eligibility and sliding fee scale.


Sarasota County Health Department, Women’s Health

 Contact Person:  Front Desk

Address: 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

6950 Outreach Way (formerly Pan American Dr), North Port, FL  34287

Phone:  Sarasota (941) 861-2878

North Port (941) 861-3820

Email or Website:

Description:  Provides prenatal and post-partum care, family planning, and STD testing. Requires Sarasota County residency and/or financial screening to be eligible for services.

Costs:  Determined by eligibility and sliding fee scale.


Sarasota Drug Court

Contact Person:  Alfred James

Address: 1991 Main Street, Suite 180, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone:  (941) 861-8120

Description:  A model of drug treatment with close direct judicial supervision. Defendants, called “clients,” not only receive the typical treatment interventions of group therapy, education and counseling, but also must appear before the Drug Court Judge on a regular basis. If the report reflects a lack of treatment participation or the urinalysis testing reports drug use, the drug court judge responds with an appropriate court-ordered sanction ranging from increased treatment to short stays in jail. Clients are referred through court order, public defender recommendation, or are walk-ins.

Costs:  $15 per week once a contract with the referring judge is signed.



Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center, Mother-Baby Unit

Contact Person:  Teresa Smith, MSW

Address: 1700 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239-3555

Phone:  (941) 917-6488

Email or Website:

Description: For social work needs of patients in the Mother-Baby Unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Costs:  N/A


Chip Schaaff, LMHC

Address: 950 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone:  (941) 366-1410

Email or Website:

Description:  Within a few sessions a treatment plan will be completed. This plan will list your goals, ways they can be accomplished, and a time frame for reaching those goals. Other issues may come up during your counseling which also can be addressed. If you choose to, other people may be involved when you and your counselor agree it is appropriate to do so. Counseling is a “two-way street” with the client and counselor working together to achieve your goals

Costs:  Determined by client’s need.


Salvation Army Volunteer Interim Placement —Enhanced Recovery (VIPER) Program

Contact Person:  Front Desk (Salvation Army) – enrollment/referrals

Jessica Gastman (JFCS) – for more information

Address: 1400 10th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone:  Salvation Army (941) 364-8845

Jessica Gastman (941) 366.2224 ext 162

Description:  VIP is collaborative effort among 6 local agencies. It is a ten week substance abuse program located at The Salvation Army. JFCS provides Family Unification Counseling to individuals in the program, and their families, to help them cope with the effects of substance abuse on the family system. Individual, group and family therapy is available for participants. Program designed as an alternative for those having difficulties accessing care primarily due to a lack of resources.

Costs:  None


 St. Armand’s Medical Center

Contact Person:  Front Desk

Address: 500 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone:  (941) 388-4408

 Email or

Description:  Comprehensive addiction program with outpatient counseling conducted by Michael Shaughnessy. Individualized treatment using medications such as burprenorphine and suboxone in conjunction with psychotherapy to help alleviate the urges and cravings associated with drug detoxification.

Description:  Private insurance accepted.


Women and Infants Nutrition Program (WIC), Sarasota County Health Department

Contact Person:  Joan DeMauri, Sarasota

Contact Person:  June Vargas, Venice

Address: 2200 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237-6102

7810 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL  34293

Phone:  Main Office (941) 861-2929

Phone:  Venice Office (941) 861-3336

Email or Website:

Description:  Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal supplemental nutrition program for pregnant or postpartum women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five who are at or below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. Qualified applicants receive: nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and a redeemable check for food, which may include cereal, eggs, fruit juice, milk, cheese, beans, peanut butter, fruits and vegetables, and / or canned fish and in some cases, infant formula. No appointment needed. Women who have experienced a loss are still eligible.

 Costs:  None








24 hour, 7 days a week telephone service

Toll-free tobacco use cessation hotline

Counseling sessions

Referrals to support groups

Self help material

Counseling/materials in English and Spanish

TDD service for hearing impaired





A Fresh Start Families QuitLine


Free one-on-one cessation counseling for pregnant smokers.

Callers can also request additional free quit smoking materials after a brief questionnaire.

Sponsored by the American Legacy Foundation

Managed by the American Cancer Society

Referrals to local agencies and resources

Telephone counseling





Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous.

Internet Meetings on Yahoo, only registration required.

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Narcotics Anonymous

List of websites and material to help quit smoking

Campaign for young people trying to quit smoking, includes a message board for sharing stories

Online quit guide, downloadable materials, instant messaging, and phone support from experts

Downloadable materials, stories, information about many topics related to smoking during pregnancy
Downloadable materials to help with quitting smoking










Sarasota County Area Transit system



SCAT Medical Transport





*2 day notice required*



Mary’s Taxi





Monday-Thursday, 6a.m.-12a.m.

Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-3:00 a.m.

Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:00a.m.





All Faiths Food Bank





All county residents welcome



Meals on Wheels




Englewood Helping Hand




Englewood residents only





North Port Social Services





North Port residents only



South County Food Pantry




Salvation Army South County





United Way


366-2686 or 211


Shalimar-Englewood Four Square Church





Englewood area, Sarasota and Charlotte County Only



St Vincent DePaul





Bags of food given by referral only







Children’s Clothes Closet

750 E. Dearborn St

Englewood, FL 34223





Located on the grounds of Englewood Methodist Church. Open Monday and Wednesday from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Free clothing from infant to size 16



Mothers Helping Mothers

5933 N. Washington Blvd Sarasota, FL 34234




Free maternity and baby clothes


Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center

301 Bayshore Dr

Venice, FL 34285




Maternity clothes and baby items (car seats, diapers-1x per month , etc)

Sarasota County Only



Pregnancy Careline Center

Port Charlotte, FL




Free pregnancy test, clothes and miscellaneous baby items (birth to 1 year old)





Head Start




Early education for children 3-5 years of age. Every child provided with a Family Advocate




Healthy Families





Voluntary home visitation program to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting positive parent-child relationships.



The Florida Center for Early Childhood




Provides child mental health therapy, behavioral support services, family counseling, etc.



Child Protection Center




Provides crisis intervention, support services and treatment for child abuse victims and their families.



FLorida Kidcare





Comprehensive health insurance for uninsured children from birth through age 18.



Hippy-Preschool Home Instruction




Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters. Targeted to help children from low income families.



Early Learning Coalition/

Child Care Connection





Child care resource and referral services, information on scholarships






Second Chance Last Opportunity

1933 Dr. MLK Jr Way

Sarasota, FL 34234





Money management, parenting skills, and job readiness training, and holiday gifts are also provided. HIV testing and counseling services.



Women’s Resource Center

340 S. Tuttle Ave

Sarasota, FL 34237







Peer counseling, career counseling, financial management, and self esteem enrichment programs.


Resurrection House Inc

507 Kumquat Court

Sarasota, FL 34236





Job placement, rent/utility payment,  funding assistance for day care, food, clothing and some VA medical assistance.



Suncoast Workforce

3660 N. Washington Blvd

Sarasota, FL 34234


897 Venice Ave

Venice, FL 34285








Job development and referral, career exploration, GED laboratory, job skills training, etc. No fee for any of the services provided.



Online resource


The Federal Bonding Program guarantees honesty for “at risk” job seekers. The bonds cover the first 6 months of employment. No cost to applicant or employer


This booklet has been produced by:

The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.

1750 17th Street, Building A

Sarasota, FL 34234



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