Our Mission

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

Our Vision

To deliver unmatched behavioral health services. Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare will be a vital part of our community, committed to world class service and the provider of choice for First Coast residents and referrers. Our motto is “Healing Begins Here.”

Our History

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has served Nassau County and the surrounding communities since 1992, when it opened under the name Nassau County Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council, Inc. We are a private, not-for-profit agency providing psychiatric treatment, mental health counseling and substance use disorder treatment. Our goal is to provide a coordinated approach to care that meets the individual needs of the client and addresses the total behavioral health needs of the community. Through collaborative efforts with other health care providers, we have created a robust treatment approach that includes private clinicians, family service agencies, the legal system, schools, clergy and hospitals.

Our Team

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has a team of board-certified Psychiatrists, Psychiatric APRNs, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Masters Level Certified Addiction Professionals, Certified Behavioral Health Targeted Case Managers, Certified Prevention Professionals, and Certified Peer Specialists all supported by financial and administrative staff.


Starting Point offers services at the main office on SR 200 in Yulee, as well as a center in Hilliard and another in Fernandina Beach. We accept drop-ins at our main office. We also provide on-site services at Family Support Services, Department of Children and Families, Nassau County Detention Center, Juvenile Court, Mental Health Court, Nassau County public and private schools and in homes.


Starting Point is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. In 2018, CARF granted Starting Point its three-year accreditation, marking the seventh straight time it has been re-accredited by the national organization.