First Step of Sarasota, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare Announce Unification

Philanthropy

SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY JUL 10, 2019

The two nonprofit agencies First Step of Sarasota and Coastal Behavioral Healthcare have announced a strategic unification of resources to better serve the community. The nonprofits share a similar focus of providing addiction recovery programs and behavioral health services in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties. A new combined organization will offer a regional and collaborative approach, and staff from both organizations will integrate to form one larger organization with an aim to ensure a better continuum of care for its clients.

As part of this collaborative effort, both organizations are currently undergoing a nine-month process to strategize the allocation of resources and combine to create one larger organization to consolidate, provide more comprehensive services and improve efficiency. When staff and resources are integrated, the organization will become the largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency in Sarasota County with a long-term goal of collaborating even further with varied local private and public entities to help combat and treat individuals suffering with addiction and mental health challenges.

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