Following are some Florida and Martin County resources relevant to mental health,  mental illness and co-occuring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse). We strive to keep this information current and correct; if you find a phone number, link or information that is not accurate, or you know of another resource that should be added to this list, please let us know by emailing Thank you.

NOTE: For access to behavioral health services the Florida Department of Children and Families has contracted with the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network to provide services to Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Counties. The Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network has subsequently contracted with the following vendors to provide services in the above mentioned counties (other than Palm Beach): Counseling & Recovery Center, Inc.; Community Coalition Alliance; Drug Abuse Treatment Association, Inc.; Public Defender Nineteenth Judicial Circuit; Legacy Behavioral Health, New Horizons of Treasure Coast, Inc.; and Helping People Succeed. (Source.)

Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network and on Facebook at; Phone 561-203-2485.

Local Mental Health Agencies

Harbor Network Drop-in Center – Stuart

618 SE Central Parkway, Stuart; Phone: 772 287 4545

​The Stuart Harbor Network center offers a peer support group Mondays and Thursdays of each week at 11:00 a.m. Please call the center for more information. 

Drop-In Centers are peer-operated, recovery oriented environments in the community that provide a safe, friendly, supportive and confidential place where people with similar experiences are not judged. Open 365 days of the year, the Centers are designed to empower consumers to change the quality of their lives. The members are respected and offer peer support to one another. Recreational and social activities are offered to all members to promote a supportive, active and empowering atmosphere as members actively participate in their recovery.​

Welcome House Drop-in Center – Okeechobee

242 Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL  34974; Phone: 863 467 1026

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee – Community Mental Health, Primary Care and Substance Abuse Services Provider.  Main campus on Midway Road in Ft. Pierce, with locations in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties. New Horizons provides a safety net for those in crisis, outreach programs to promote resilience and recovery, and community education to help our community achieve health in both mind and body.

CONTACT: Crisis Services, 24/7: 772-468-3909; General Information (toll free): 888-468-5600; All phone numbers, including local offices:

Helping People Succeed – Helping People Succeed provides choices and opportunities that help children, families and adults improve their quality of life through education, training, and employment. Our passion is building successful families and futures–one life at a time!

Successful Families Programs: BABY STEPS, BRAIN Program, Developmental Interventions, Pre-School Behavioral Services, Baby Calming Techniques, Infant Massage, Infant & Toddler Social Communication, Music & Movement, Parent-Child Playgroups, Healthy Families Martin-Okeechobee.Behavioral Services:  Autism Services, Children’s Community Mental Health Program

Successful Futures programs: For adults with disabilities – Employment Options, Community Connections, Project SEARCH

Suncoast Mental Health – Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc. provides best-practice and research-based assessment, counseling and supportive services to children and families in the Treasure Coast area. Suncoast Mental Health organization offers service provisions across settings. Its treatment didactics range from traditional to non-traditional treatment. We provide services in four counties: St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee. The agency’s goal is to offer clinical and case management services in a variety of settings including but not limited to community, home-based, church, activity centers, school and/or etc. The organization has evolved as one of the community’s leading providers having developed contractual relations between the Department of Children & Families, Medicaid and other managed care providers. The organization has been one of the leading agencies on the Treasure Coast who provide therapeutic and case management treatment services for at-risk children and families. Since 2009, we have rendered our services to over four thousand children.

Contact: St. Lucie County – Main Office: 772.489.4726
Indian River County: 772.564.8616
Martin County: 772.221.8585
Okeechobee County: 863.824.0300

Adult Services include:

Therapeutic Services, Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management. Offers Individual Office Based Counseling, Home Based Counseling, Therapeutic Groups

Tykes & Teens – Mental Health Services for Youth – Supporting and strengthening our community through quality prevention, education and social-emotional healing services for children and their families. Tykes & Teens is dedicated to strengthening families and preventing suicide, substance use and other dangerous behaviors by ensuring that all children have access to high quality mental health services. This includes counseling as well as a wide range of specialized programming that helps families cope with issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, school suspension and more. Tykes & Teens provides outpatient services at three locations in Martin County: Palm City, Jensen Beach, and Hobe Sound, as well as on site counseling in 13 Martin County schools, and in the Okeechobee School District. Select services are also available in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. Our Prevention Services Division administers a youth alcohol prevention curriculum in all Martin County middle schools, and has provided more than 500 free community events since 2010. These events are carefully designed to educate parents on trending topics and to increase protective assets that are proven to help youth avoid drugs, alcohol and other dangerous behaviors, and to encourage positive and healthy choices.

We are a Medicaid provider and accept most insurance. Counseling services are available on a sliding scale for those without insurance. As a nonprofit agency, Tykes & Teens provides approximately $700,000 in free counseling and other services to the community each year. The support of the community is vital in ensuring that no child in need of services is turned away. At Tykes & Teens we believe that we cannot wait for another tragedy to happen—locally or nationally—to make affordable, accessible mental health services a priority.


Main location: 3577 SW Corporate Parkway, Palm City, FL 34990; Phone: (772) 220-3439

Additional outpatient locations: 3428 NE Sugar Hill Avenue, Jensen Beach and 8142 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.

Stuart VA Outpatient Clinic – Stuart

3501 SE Willoughby Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994

Phone: (772) 288-0304

Mental health assessments, screening, and therapies for a limited number of mental health diagnoses. (Complex or more specialized treatment is referred to the Medical Center (West Palm Beach VAMC). Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Pre-registration is required. 

ARC of Martin County ARC provides support and assistance to children and adults with a variety of challenges, including: intellectual disabilities, autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, epilepsy, and other related developmental disabilities. Through a full spectrum of programs and medical technology, we assist with education, skill training, community involvement, physical and behavioral therapy, and developing self-sufficiency for each and every individual.  

Coalition For Independent Living Options (

CILO’s mission is “Promoting Independence for People with Disabilities.”

During October 1989, a grass roots group of individuals with disabilities and representatives of key Palm Beach County agencies created the Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc., (CILO) as an advocacy organization for children and adults with disabilities. CILO incorporated during January 1990 and elected a board of directors. Its inception and growth paralleled the passage and early implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. CILO has “grown up” with the ADA and comfortably carries out its role as the primary local source of ADA information.

The purpose of CILO is twofold – to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their goals for independence and to create societal change to promote acceptance and opportunities for people with disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of community life. To that end, CILO provides a broad range of services for persons of any age with any type of disability in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties.

The majority of CILO’s staff and board members have disabilities. Together we assisted more than 5,000 families in the past year — for free!

For help filing an initial Social Security benefits application or an appeal call 561-966-4288 ext. 107 or email

To sign up for food stamps and Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, Medicare premium assistance and Healthcare District applications call Rebecca Jonguitud  at 561-966-4288 ext, 109 or

Education (ESE Students): Our advocates meet with you and your child to determine what they need to get the most out of school and to prepare them to eventually live independently. If needed we then will meet with teachers, school officials and committees to explain federal law requiring the accommodations that would benefit your child. In Palm Beach County  and the Treasure Coast, contact Darlene Williamson at 561-966-4288 extension 119 or  by email 

Hospitals with Mental Health Services/Baker Act Receiving Facilities

Coral Shores Behavioral Health – Stuart

Private mental health hospital in south Stuart. 5995 Se Community Dr, Stuart, FL; Phone 772-403-4000 or 844-507-9654. https://coralshoresbehavioral.comOffers Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs for adults and seniors. Coral Shores Behavioral Health provides help to patients who need high-quality behavioral health treatment in a safe and secure setting with specialized units to meet individual needs. Coral Shores provides inpatient mental health treatment for adults and seniors. With a team of dedicated professionals, it is our core belief that mental health is an essential part of an individual’s overall health. We offer a continuum of mental health and addiction services for adults in a confidential, caring environment that promotes crisis resolution, positive self- awareness, personal growth and problem solving. Coral Shores Behavioral Health is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is a Baker Act receiving facility. 

Martin Emergency Center, Martin Health Services – West PSL

This facility has either recently begun or soon will begin offering mental health services at its west Port St Lucie location. Information will be updated here as it becomes available.

Phone: 772-785-5585
Adults and children, public facility:

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast4500 W Midway Rd, Ft Pierce; St Lucie County; (772) 468-5600

Adults only, private facilities:

Port St Lucie Hospital; 2550 SE Walton Rd, Port St Lucie; St Lucie County; (772) 335-0400

St Lucie Medical Center; 1800 SE Tiffany, Port St Lucie; St Lucie County; (772) 335-4000 / (772) 807-6950

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute/Lawnwood Pavilion; 1700 S 23rd St, Ft Pierce; St Lucie County; (772) 461-4000

Coral Shores Behavioral Health; 5995 SE Community Dr, Stuart; Martin County; 772.424.3427

Information about Florida’s Mental Health Act, the “Baker Act”

About Florida’s Baker Act:

Definition: The Baker Act defines “involuntary examination” as an examination performed under sections 394.463, 397.6772, 397.679, 397.6798, or 397.6811, Florida Statutes (F.S.) to determine whether an individual qualifies for involuntary services. “Involuntary services” means court‐ordered outpatient services or inpatient placement for mental health treatment pursuant to sections 394.4655 or 394.467, F.S.

The Florida Mental Health Act, or “Baker Act,” in Florida’s Legislature: Statutes governing the treatment of mental illness in Florida date back to 1874. Below are significant revisions that have taken place since that time:

  • The 1971 Legislature created the Florida Mental Health Act, commonly referred to as the Baker Act. This law substantially strengthened the due process and civil rights of individuals receiving services and treatment in the state’s public mental health system.
  • The 1996 Legislature further amended the Baker Act to offer greater protections to individuals seeking voluntary admission, to strengthen guardian advocacy provisions, to expand notice requirements, and to specify provisions relating to suspension and withdrawal of receiving and treatment facility designations.
  • The 2016 Legislature enacted Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), Chapter 2016‐241, Laws of Florida. This law made significant changes to the Baker Act to focus on the provision of behavioral health services for individuals experiencing co‐occurring disorders.

[Source: Florida DCF website]

The Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s office provides the following information on special services relating to mental health and substance abuse. This process is available for family/friends who believe a loved one needs emergency help and detention to go through the court system rather than through law enforcement.

Mental Health

The Baker Act and Marchman Act are means of providing individuals with emergency services and temporary detention for examination for mental health assessment and stabilization for substance abuse. These types of proceedings are confidential and are not public record.

Completing a Petition for Involuntary Examination or Involuntary Assessment & Stabilization

A petition must be filed and submitted to the Clerk of Court in the county where the Respondent is located.   The petitions can be filed by the respondent’s spouse or guardian, any relative, a private practitioner, the director of a licensed service provider or the director’s designee, or any three adults who have personal knowledge of the respondent’s substance abuse impairment.  If the person upon whose behalf the petition is being filed is a minor, a petition for involuntary assessment and stabilization may be filed by a parent, legal guardian, legal custodian, or licensed service provider.  The Clerk will submit the petition to a Judge for review.

Baker Act (mental health)

A process established by Florida Statutes Mental Health Act by which a person whose current mental state poses a danger to that person or to others may be taken to a mental health receiving facility for an involuntary examination.  If there is reason to believe that a person is mentally ill and because of his or her mental illness based on the criteria below: 

  • The person has refused voluntary examination and/or is unable to determine whether an examination is necessary.
  • The person is likely to suffer from neglect and the refusal could threaten his or her well being.
  • If there is a substantial likelihood that without care or treatment, the person will cause seriously bodily harm to himself or herself or others in the near future as evidenced by recent behavior

then the Court should be petitioned for involuntary examination of the person.

For more information on the Baker Act, please click this link.

Marchman Act (substance abuse)  

A process established by Florida Statutes by which a person may be admitted for an involuntary examination to determine if his or her judgment is impaired due to substance abuse and he or she has, therefore, lost the power of self-control with respect to substance abuse and poses a danger to himself or herself or to another person.  When there is reason to believe that a person is substance abuse impaired and are exhibiting any of the symptoms below:

  • Because of the impairment, he or she has lost the power of self control with respect to substance use.
  • The person’s judgment is impaired because of substance abuse and he/she is incapable of appreciating the need for, and is unable to make a rational decision in regards to, substance abuse services.
  • He or she has inflicted, attempted or threatened to inflict, or unless admitted, is likely to inflict, physical harm on himself or herself or another.

then the Court should be petitioned for involuntary assessment of the person.


Department of Children and Families: Crisis Services – Baker Act

DCF provides extensive information pertaining to the Baker Act and how it is implemented with children. Includes the Baker Act manual (2014) and list of Baker Act receiving facilities. 


The Baker Act and Children

Report by Department of Children and Families Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health November 15, 2017. Includes information on how the Baker Act is implemented for minors in Florida and what constitutes an “involuntary examination” and how it must be conducted, as well as “Findings and Considerations” of the task force. From the executive summary:

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 1121 (HB 1121) during the 2017 Session, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 23, 2017 as Chapter 2017‐151, Laws of Florida. This law created a task force within the Department of Children and Families (Department) to address the issue of involuntary examination of minors age 17 years and younger. The statute requires the task force to:

  • Analyze data on the initiation of involuntary examinations of minors;
  • Research the root causes of any trends in such involuntary examinations;
  • Identify and evaluate options for expediting the examination process; and
  • Identify recommendations for encouraging alternatives to and eliminating inappropriate initiations of such examinations. . . .

Mental Health Resources from the Florida Department of Children and Families

About DCF’s role in Florida’s mental health:

Chapter 394, Florida Statutes (F.S.) states, “The Department of Children and Families is directed to evaluate, research, plan and recommend to the Governor and Legislature programs designed to reduce the occurrence, severity and duration, and disabling aspects of mental, emotional and behavior disorders.”

In other words, the Florida Department of Children and Families Mental Health Program Office is responsible for planning, managing and evaluating a statewide program of mental health services and supports, including community programs, crisis services, state residential treatment facilities, and children’s mental health services. The public mental health system is funded by federal block grant dollars and the Florida Legislature.

Though the state directly operates some of its mental health treatment facilities, Florida’s community mental health system is completely privatized. Public funds are contracted through local Mental Health Program Offices, mostly with non-profit local Community Mental Health Centers. People who need services get them by going to those providers directly – the state mental health program offices do not provide services.

[See link below to Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network, which oversees and funds services in our area.]

Get Help Offers information on resources by county:

Adult Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health

Crisis Services:

Marchman Act: The Marchman Act provides for voluntary admissions and involuntary assessment, stabilization, and treatment of adults and youth who are severely impaired due to substance abuse. Find our more information.

Baker Act Manual: The Baker Act provides legal procedures for mental health examination and treatment. Find our more information.

State Mental Health Treatment Facilities

Why We Do This: It’s up to us to inspire hope and give it cause. We do that by painting pictures of independence, acknowledging personal strengths, being advocating voices, or sometimes just sharing laughs. To help people achieve recovery and self-sufficiency, we build on their personal strengths and resources. Our goal is to help them be contributing members of their communities, and to have the ability to pursue relationships, jobs, and recreation, all with independence and self-direction.

Our network of service providers includes over forty private and non-profit service agencies that offer a wide variety of science and evidenced based mental health and substance abuse services. This network of providers work collaboratively and in partnership with SEFBHN to create a system of care that is designed to encourage and facilitate the journey through recovery for each individual served.

Our Vision: Our vision is a seamless, accessible, recovery-oriented system of behavioral health care driven by consumers, providers, and other stakeholders, in which innovation and collaboration are the norm and diversified financial resources comfortably support an array of prevention and treatment practices leading to excellent outcomes for individuals served, providers, and the community.

Adult and Children’s Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Prevention and Suicide Prevention programs:

Help for Mental Illnesses page:

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.Our Mission is “to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence.” Our Vision is “to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees.”

In addition to the general customer employment program, VR has additional specific programs designed to help eligible people with disabilities become employed, including mental health programs. VR coordinates services with available mental health centers, programs, and service providers to assist individuals with mental or emotional disabilities in becoming employed.

Stuart: 2215 S Kanner Hwy., Stuart, FL 34994-4619
Phone: (772) 221-4095
Port St. Lucie: 519 NW Lake Whitney Place, Suite 102, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986-1621
Phone: (772) 873-6550
Okeechobee: 209 SW Park St., Okeechobee, FL 34972-4160
Phone: (863) 462-5044