Adult Services (3)




We offer a range of programs, treatment services, and treatment groups to adults with mental health and/or substance use disorders.

Child & Adolescent Services (3)




We offer programs, treatment services, and treatment groups for individuals 17 and younger that struggle with mental health or substance use disorders.

Community Outreach & Education Services




We provide four community-based programs as part of our mission to promote emotional wellness through community education & awareness.

Emergency Services (3)




We provide 24/7 emergency screening, crisis stabilization, and referral to other services for anyone experiencing a behavioral health emergency.

Our Mission

To promote emotional wellness through psychiatric, mental health and substance use disorder treatment services and community education and awareness.

Get Certified in M.H.F.A.

Certification course teaching community members to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Attend a Virtual Discussion

Monthly virtual support meetings welcoming NE FL community members to discuss the effects of mental health and substance use issues.

Join a Support Group

Monthly support groups for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide or overdose. Hosted in Fernandina Beach, FL, and Hilliard, FL.

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Starting Point's Mobile Response Team

How to Get 24/7 Emergency Assistance During a Crisis

April 15, 2021

Mental health and substance use emergencies happen around the clock. Oftentimes, when individuals experience a behavioral health emergency, they turn to law enforcement, hospital emergency departments, and inpatient treatment for help. While it is always important to involve law enforcement when you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, Starting Point’s Mobile Response Team (MRT)…

Student Loan Forgiveness

Starting Point Now Offers Eligible Employees Up To $100,000 of Student Loan Forgiveness

April 5, 2021

Yulee, FL: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is now an approved site through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and able to offer all eligible employees up to $100,000 of student loan forgiveness. The NHSC’s mission is to build healthy communities by supporting qualified health care providers dedicated to working in areas of the United States with limited access to care.

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Starting Point Reflects on COVID-19 and Shares a Message of Hope

March 22, 2021

It is not lost on our organization that March highlights the 1-year anniversary of the World Health Organization identifying COVID-19 as a pandemic and the Florida Governor issuing an executive order to close schools and businesses except for essential workers. At the time, we all thought this would be temporary and we would be back to ‘normal’ within a couple of months.

Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, accepting award from the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island Community Outreach Chair, Peg Kolasa, and President, Lynne Pelletiere

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Honored at Plantation Ladies’ March Luncheon

March 19, 2021

Yulee, FL: On March 9th, the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island honored Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare as their designated March Charity with an award in the amount of $1,250. The beneficiary of this award is selected by the Plantation Ladies and identified as a well-deserving nonprofit organization that is making an impact in Nassau County, FL.

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