Suncoast community mental health centers

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SARASOTA – Shocking statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, one in six U.S. adults live with a mental illness.

A survey released by the Census Bureau in 2017 finds 15.9 percent of people under the age of 65 living in Sarasota County don’t have access to health insurance and 10.8 percent of people are living in poverty.

A similar story in Manatee County… 18.1 are living without health insurance and 12.7 are living in poverty.

Still, there is help available.

Sarasota psychologist Eddy Regnier says there are places on the Suncoast that can help.

“In Sarasota County, it’s Coastal Recovery, [but] now it’s called Coastal Behavioral Healthcare. In Manatee County, it’s Center Stone and they will work with that person on a sliding fee scale,” said Eddy Regnier, Ph.D.

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare provides several services to the Sarasota and North Port community. It is a state funded and has been providing affordable behavioral healthcare for 40 years, helping adults, seniors, adolescents, and children.

“Let’s say they’re making only making 15,000 dollars and they’ve got four people in the house, they’re probably going to get a 95% reduction in services. So in terms of what that means is individual therapy will probably be a $7.00 payment each time they have it,” said Brendan J. McCollum, Psy.D., LP. of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare.

Jewish Family and Children Services of the Suncoast is another resource.

“A lot of providers aren’t able to or don’t choose to bill Medicaid because the reimbursement is lower, but that is not a barrier. At JFCS we don’t want there to be financial obstacles to care or to service,” said Heidi Brown, the
President & CEO of Jewish Family Children Service.

The contact information for JFCS is JFCS-Cares.org and (941) 366-2224.

The contact information for Coastal Behavioral Healthcare is as follows:
CoastalBH.org
Children Services: (941) 953-0000
Adult Services: (941) 364-9355
North Port Outpatient: (941) 492-4300

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Jessika Ward is a Sarasota native and an award-winning multimedia journalist. She joined the Suncoast News Network in February of 2018 and is happy to be back in her hometown. Jessika won three Florida Associated Press Awards while a student at Florida A&M University. Prior to coming to SNN, Jessika interned with WWSB ABC7 and worked as a videographer/editor at WTXL ABC27 in Tallahassee. ​​Jessika Ward is a proud rattler and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. She shares her HBCU experience in "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” a documentary about the history and future of HBCU's that was presented in the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS. Jessika's hobbies include photography, watching independent films, watching sports, and reading a good book.

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