Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Unveils Anniversary Logo to Celebrate 30 Years of Service in Nassau County

30 Year anniversary

This article appeared in the Fernandina Observer on March 8, 2022. See the article here.

Yulee, Fla: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare today announced that Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, is the organization’s thirty-year anniversary of service in Nassau County, Florida. The nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization originally opened under the name Nassau County Mental Health and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council, Inc. in 1992. After undergoing a name change in 2001, the organization rebranded to Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare in 2012 to better reflect the idea that healing begins or ‘starts’ in Nassau County. Starting Point’s motto is ‘Healing Begins Here.’

“We could not be happier to celebrate thirty years of service in Nassau County,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “The work we do isn’t always easy, but it’s important and necessary. The reality is that our family members, community members and neighbors struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. I am honored to continue to serve our community, to have a hand in making Nassau County a happier and healthier place to live, and to provide a safety net for our neighbors that need a safe place to shore their troubles. I look forward to thirty more years of service and thank Nassau County and all our partnering organizations for their continued support in this pursuit.”

– Laureen Pagel, CEO, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare

Dr. Pagel has been with Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare since 1997 and served as the Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Under her 25 years of leadership, the organization has doubled in size and budget with plans to offer a mobile unit and open two new locations in Fernandina Beach and Callahan later this year.

The organization continues to offer mental health and substance use treatment to residents of Nassau County, Northeast Florida, and Southeast Georgia. Some of their primary service offerings include individual, group, and family therapy, comprehensive assessments, medication management, and psychiatric evaluations. In addition to the clinical services they offer to adults and children, Starting Point provides 24/7 emergency assistance and free community outreach activities to spread the message of attainable mental well-being for everyone.

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 30 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit


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