Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Launches Volunteer ‘Ambassador Program’

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Yulee, FL: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare announced the launch of their Ambassador Program, a volunteer program that advocates to reduce stigma related to mental health and substance use disorders. The Ambassador Program is Starting Point’s first opportunity to engage Nassau County residents as volunteers or ‘behavioral health advocates.’

“Like many other nonprofits in the area, we were always being asked how to get involved or volunteer,” says Dr. Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point.Because we provide behavioral health services and must follow all HIPAA regulations, it has been a challenge of its own to develop a way for Nassau County residents to join in our mission. The individuals we serve, and their privacy, is of grave importance to our agency. So after more than a year of planning and creative thinking, we are excited to bring the Ambassador Program to life.”

– Laureen Pagel, CEO

Benefits of being a Starting Point Ambassador include:

  • Be a Difference Maker: An opportunity to educate the community and advocate for behavioral health to help reduce stigma.
  • Promote Healthy Living: An opportunity to fulfill your mind and body by building purpose in your daily life.
  • Build Relationships: An opportunity to build relationships with Nassau County and Northeast Florida residents.

Applications are available starting May 1st, 2021 and will be accepted year-round. For more information on the Ambassadors Program, please visit

About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 29 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit


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