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SMH Outpatient Behavioral HealthOutpatient Behavioral Health Services

When mental health challenges or emotional trauma arise, it can be difficult to ask for help. But the dedicated professionals at Sarasota Memorial are ready to listen and help you manage your condition or transition from inpatient care to an outpatient setting.

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services offers specialized, medically assisted programs for adults (age 18 and older) and adolescents (ages 13-17) managing acute mental disorders or dual diagnosis of mental health issue(s) with substance abuse, as well as assistance for adults transitioning back into the community after hospitalization. 

Customized to address each individual’s unique needs, outpatient treatment aims to help participants reduce problematic symptoms and improve quality of life, while providing a seamless level of care from inpatient to outpatient services.

Treatment plans follow one of two program tracks, the Partial Hospital Program (PHP) and the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). These tracks offer the most concentrated level of mental health services available on an outpatient basis.

Get Started

If you’re struggling, don’t wait. Call 941-917-2660 learn how our Partial Hospitalization Program or Intensive Outpatient Program can help.

Partial Hospitalization Program — Sometimes referred to “psychiatric day treatment services,” the PHP is a short-term, intensive psychiatric treatment program that parallels the level of care typically provided in a hospital — including medical and nursing supervision and interventions — but delivers it in an outpatient setting.

PHP can be used as a step down from inpatient services, or as a stand-alone, diversionary level of care to stabilize a participant experiencing acute symptoms. The program serves as an alternative to hospitalization for those who are struggling with significant psychiatric issues but can safely live in the community. PHP participants must attend 5 hours per day, 5 days per week.

Intensive Outpatient Program — Offered in conjunction with the Partial Hospitalization Program, the IOP is ideal for participants ready to step down from the PHP or for those who need to step up from standard outpatient services. IOP participants must attend 3 half-days each week.

Sarasota Memorial also offers a specialized Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for those patients ages 13-17 who struggle with significant trouble managing their emotions, thoughts and behaviors to include:

  • Impulsive/disruptive behaviors

  • Frequent mood swings

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Family and peer conflict

  • Self-esteem/body image

Services provided through the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs include:

  • Confidential and comprehensive mental-health evaluations and assessments by licensed mental health therapists

  • Individual and group treatment

  • Medication management

  • Post treatment planning and care coordination

  • Relapse prevention

Thrive 55+ is a program for patients aged 55 and over who experience mental health concerns that are not a normal part of aging - the most commons symptoms are anxiety and depression. A licensed therapist can assist patients to identify needs and connect you to community support groups and mental wellness resources. If you are 55+, or a caregiver to someone 55+, please call (941) 917-2660 to determine service eligibilty. 

Sarasota Memorial provides outpatient Behavioral Health services during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency calls will be answered by a 24-hour service line.

Contact Us

Cornell Behavioral Health Pavilion
1625 South Osprey Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34239

Conveniently situated on Sarasota Memorial’s Sarasota campus, on the corner of South Osprey Avenue and Waldemere Street, the outpatient behavioral health check-in is located on the first floor. 

Accredited by the Joint Commission, our full continuum of Behavioral Health services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Self-referrals are welcome.

Outpatient Behavioral Health Team

The specialized, multidisciplinary outpatient Behavioral Health team includes psychiatrists, licensed therapists and nurse practitioners — all dedicated to helping patients return to living a full and healthy life.

Learn More 

For more information on outpatient mental health services, clinical assessment or help with physician referrals or finding community resources, please call 941-917-2660.