Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Welcomes Hannah Hackworth as New Chief Strategy Officer

Hannah Hackworth, Chief Strategy Officer

Yulee, FL – Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is proud to announce the appointment of Hannah Hackworth as its new Chief Strategy Officer. In her role, Hannah will be responsible for driving transformative initiatives and innovation to advance the mission of Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare.

Hannah is a social entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience working as a social worker and leader, finding innovative ways to address the social and behavioral health needs of vulnerable populations. She is passionate about rethinking what is possible when it comes to accessing mental healthcare and building a community where people know in their hearts it is okay to ask for help.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hannah to our team,” said Laureen Pagel, CEO of Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “Hannah’s experience and leadership will be invaluable as we continue to strive towards providing accessible and effective mental healthcare for those in need.”

Hannah has worked across the healthcare continuum and her experience includes start-ups in the behavioral health space, inpatient behavioral health, community behavioral health, substance abuse, mental health and aging, integration of primary care and behavioral health, and value-based care. She completed a Master of Social Work and Certificate in Addictions at UCF in 2002 and Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University in 2017. She is a State of Florida Qualified Clinical Supervisor. Hannah has been the recipient of awards for innovation in mental healthcare delivery and was recognized by her peers as Northeast Florida 2010 Social Worker of the Year.

Most recently, Hannah served as the founding executive director of Here Tomorrow, a suicide prevention organization. She developed a new concept in mental health and strategy to prevent suicide deaths. Here Tomorrow inspires hope and provides real help to people at risk for suicide and their families through same-day peer mental health support and timely access to outpatient mental healthcare.

“I am honored to join Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare and excited to work with such a dedicated team,” said Hannah Hackworth, Chief Strategy Officer of Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “I look forward to contributing to the organization’s mission and making a positive impact on the community.”

About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare:

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit organization providing mental health and substance abuse treatment for children, teens, and adults in Northeast Florida. The organization offers a variety of programs and services, including outpatient therapy, medication management, and crisis stabilization. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit


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