Mental Health Community Center Inc
240B S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota FL 34237

Our Mission is… to offer adults with mental illness caring, encouraging and direct service programs leading to a healthy and productive life style within the mainstream community; and reaching out to the community with informative educational programs that defeat the stigma of mental illness while promoting access to local services for treatment and recovery.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Peter D. Howard LCSW
Board Chair Ms. JoAnn Tomer
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Sarasota Mental Health Resource Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2016
State Registration Yes May 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $950,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,000,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

1.Evidenced Based documentation of Outcomes for our Support, Education and Treatment Program, demonstrated a reduced need for hospitalization. Out of a random sampling of 20 clients receiving services through our SET Program, we learned that prior to joining our program that they self reported a combined number of 52 Acute Care Hospitalizations per year. And, after enrollment in our SET Program this same group experienced a reduction to a total of only 4 hospitalizations during this past year. which created a reduction of acute care hospitalizations represented a saving of 216 hospital days. 

2. Unique community based Drop-In Center programs with additional focus on professionals, volunteers and peers working together. Services lead to a productive lifestyle, self esteem and family reunification. Professionals working with peer specialists are able to contact other family members, physicians and therapists and also provide a safety net and supportive direction toward other community resources like medical referrals and housing.  Through their participation and recovery, members who become productive are able to contribute their talents in helping others through the recovery process as well as offering their talents to our community. 

3. Expansion of Community Awareness. MHCC has become more visible and supportive to persons in need of additional educational and resource information about various mental health topics. This information available via seminars, promote treatment and defeat the stigma which presents a barrier to seeking treatment. Mental illnesses which go untreated result in negative outcomes such as isolation, incarceration, and suicide.  

4. Community collaboration for program development. In 2012, a series of free community seminars explained how everyday activities like food, nutrition, music, laughter, art, exercise and many other healthy lifestyle choices affect the development of neuron growth and their connections in the brain.

Needs Statement

1) 12 Passenger Van for Anchor House in North Port - $15,000

2) Peer Specialist Operational - Hire new Peer Staff to support program - $10,000
3) Kitchen Renovations for Prospect House- $10,000
4) Volunteers for all Drop In Centers 
5) New logo signage Anchor House - $588
Background Statement

Many people who experience mental illness no longer need lengthy stays in psychiatric facilities. New medications and therapy permit people with brain diseases to return to their communities. A return to the community however, does not necessarily mean a return to an active and healthy life. For over 40 years MHCC has served as a local community resource for the needs of persons with mental illness and their families.  Daily center based programs located in Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Arcadia offer a recovery model that augments clinical treatment programs and promote recovery and successful community integration. We offer support, education, independent living skills training, vocational training and many opportunities for socialization with community outings. They are especially important in providing a network of support services offered by professional social workers, peer counselors, peer activity facilitators, healthy living personnel and volunteers with varying backgrounds. All of these individuals engage  persons with mental illness to attend our programs and promote a healthy and productive lifestyle as they become more active and mainstream within the community.  Involvement in programs at MHCC help to increase skills and self esteem which result help to reduce isolation and the need for further hospitalization for mental and physical illnesses; as well as prevent other negative outcomes like incarceration or even suicide.

Several years ago, survey results indicated a desire for affordable information to be available to the community at large, professionals, consumers, and their families. Collaboration with our medical community as resulted in MHCC providing the leadership and coordination of free seminars. Local seminars are provided at no charge and feedback indicates they are a vital resource to promoting early treatment and reducing stigma that presents a barrier to accessing services. 

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, for every $1.00 placed in community based services there will be $8.00 to $10.00 saved in the reduction of hospitalization alone. These results have been recognized as model programs that provide efficient and effective methods of treatment. We have been recognized as Business of the Year by our local Chamber of Commerce and recently received the Spotlight Award as recognition of our good deeds in the community.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Mental Heath Services, Drop In Centers, Peer Counseling, Family Support, Community Awareness, Supportive Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

There are no other organizations in our service areas that provide services like those available through MHCC. All of these efforts are possible because of the involvement of our community, volunteers, and relationships developed. With passion and diversity we have made a commitment to promoting treatment and defeating the stigmas associated with these biological mental illnesses. 

A distinct program component that differentiates MHCC direct service programs from even those around the country is the availability of ongoing structured daily programs, a large cadre of professional volunteers, and the assistance we provide through our consumers helping other consumers in their recovery. We have placed a priority on recognizing the skills of our members who through no fault of their own experience the barriers presented by mental illness. As role models we are promoting our members to employment within our agency and in key positions,

We have learned how to identify needs by our surveys and openness; as well as, our collaboration with other agencies or resources in our community. Relationship building has substantially contributed to our referral base, as well as our methods and quality of service. Our services are offered with effectiveness and efficiency and administrative costs a mere 7.3%. We are proud of the diversified income base and the development of our philanthropic support which now exceeds our governmental funding. This support is a reflection of our community efforts and has enabled us to make beneficial enhancements to our service model as needs have become apparent. Our programs have taken further shape as a result of volunteers involved on Community Task Force projects related to our growth and development. We are especially appreciative of our relationships with a wide array of individuals and service clubs within the community. With networking and outreach, MHCC has become more visible and many in our community have embraced the mission of providing support, education, independent living vocational, and socialization programs that enable individuals to transition to a healthy lifestyle within the mainstream of our community. Direct service program centers have continued to grow and are now serving well over 1,500 persons. Our community awareness seminar as a collaboration with medical providers in our community are reaching thousands more with vital resource information.  But we need to do more. The numbers related to the prevalence of mental illness are incredible and affect everyone in our community.

Drop-In Centers are programs for the adults diagnosed with mental illness located in Arcadia, Sarasota, North Port and Venice. Members are referred by private practitioners, other agencies, and hospital crisis units. Professional staff are available, and members complete an assessment, goals and objectives and continual evaluations. There are six to seven psycho-social groups, classes or recreational activities for the members to participate in daily. Some of the groups are specifically offered for members with schizophrenia and bi-polar manic depression. Other groups are held for gender specific issues for men or women. Groups include computer class, work readiness or situation management solutions. One on one sessions are provided to enhance member community living skills, reaching goals and healthy living. MHCC strives to keep the members involved in community, social and cultural activities. 

Budget $512,837
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Short Term Success

In the short term MHCC and Prospect assists their members in maintaining a quality of life that allows for members to return to society and participate in community events. The more time that clients are participating in the center and activities this keeps the members for isolating in their homes and encourages the peers to work on the issues that are effecting their recovery.

Long Term Success


MHCC is about improving the independent living skills of the mentally ill. It is about improving the quality of life of its members. Ultimately, MHCC believes it is more cost effective to work with the mentally ill after their release from acute care and emergency service units, to maintain their independence. It reduces recidivism rates and expensive skilled and assisted living facilities.


By reducing the number of hospitalizations and the length of the stay Mental Health Community Centers is saving the community much needed dollars and allowing for better utilization of hospital beds.


Program Success Monitoring


The members of Prospect house are questioned through surveys, and in group sessions as to the quality of their lives and the effectiveness of the program.

Program Success Examples

I have attended Prospect House almost every day for over a year and know that the people there are the best. They sincerely care and are very patient with people. I just turned 60 years old and it looks like my future is looking up. I have come to realize that anyone can be put in a terrible situation. I think the most important thing is accepting help.  The people at Prospect House do a wonderful job, and I want to thank the people there for helping me. Anyone can be helped, it takes time and patience.



Peer service is an interactive program that focuses on ongoing, self-determined, recovery.  Trained peer specialists offer support based on relationships in which each person is considered equal.  Through shared experiences peers assist members by providing encouragement, hope, assistance to community resources and guidance to knowledge of what aids recovery.  Peer support is a mutual relationship that focuses on the whole person and not just a diagnosis.  Sessions are focused on health and recovery rather than on illness and disability.  The PAL program peer specialists help develop goals and through one-on-one and group sessions, help participants fine ways to achieve them.  Through this mentor program, participants are becoming productive members of their community. 

Budget $145,807
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Short Term Success

In the short term MHCC and Beacon House assists their members in maintaining a quality of life that allows for members to return to society and participate in community events. The more time that clients are participating in the center and activities this keeps the members for isolating in their homes and encourages the peers to work on the issues that are effecting their recovery.

Long Term Success

MHCC is about improving the independent living skills of the mentally ill. It is about improving the quality of life of its members. Ultimately, MHCC believes it is more cost effective to work with the mentally ill after their release from acute care and emergency service units, to maintain their independence. It reduces recidivism rates and expensive skilled and assisted living facilities.


By reducing the number of hospitalizations and the length of the stay Mental Health Community Centers is saving the community much needed dollars and allowing for better utilization of hospital beds.


Program Success Monitoring

The members of Beacon house are questioned through surveys, and in group sessions as to the quality of their lives and the effectiveness of the program.

Program Success Examples

Ever since I began coming to the North Port Center, I have made a ton of friends who make me feel really good about myself and who I can trust. Everything that I bring up in group is confidential and I am happy about that. This place is filled with positive and good-hearted people. Everyone in group, including the counselor, gives me good ideas and solutions to help me with my problems. Coming has kept me from isolating at home. 

Description The Supported Employment program is an employment assistance service created to assist and help you find and keep competitive jobs utilizing the skills that you already possess. The goal of Supportive Employment is to empower you to find a job which you will enjoy. Leading to healthier life decisions, financial stability, and furthering career aspirations.
Budget $163,916
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Disabilities Homeless
Short Term Success Our goal is to assist 30% of members to become competitively employed while in the program and continue their employment for a minimum of 90 days after placement.
Long Term Success Mental Health Community Centers has employed 2 full time Supportive Employment Specialists that work in Sarasota county to assist members of the community who suffer from mental illness/substance abuse to find employment. We are currently working on increasing our capacity in 2015 to be able to serve 75 individuals per year. In 2013/14 we were able to serve 60+ individuals.
Program Success Monitoring  Mental Health Community Centers has members complete surveys twice a year in order to monitor the programs we offer. Supportive Employment also utilizes the Evidence Based model of Supportive Employment through SAMHSA.
Program Success Examples My name is Devon and I was introduced to the Mental Health Community Center, Inc., through my case manager at Renaisance Manor. I have been working with Derek, who is a supportive employment specialist. His goal is to help me find work, again. In the meantime, we have established some goals such as:attending some AA meetings and working with the Smart Recovery website; which helps identify addictive behavior solutions and even how to work on everyday problems, using structured work sheets. I have a little more confidence now, that I will be able to findwork again and it will be something that I can do well. Derek andthe Mental HealthCommunity Center (Prospect House), have even allocated some funds, so that I will be able to have a new bicycle. This is good, because it will give me a little bit more freedom to move around. The bus helps, but I won't always have to wait around for its schedule, if I want to go for a jog at thepark or the track; or go to work, hopefully. It has been a good experience so far. Thank you to Derek and the Prospect House, as well as my case manager for taking an interest in my well being.
Program Comments by Organization Our passion at MHCC continues to be focused on providing daily support and resources that prevent recurrent cycling through emergency rooms, suicides, and the impact of these diseases on our community. MHCC has responded by providing a network of services to help families to seek treatment, reduce isolation, reduce hospitalization, and even reduce suicide. While outcomes are documented, members also respond with positive testimonials about the benefits of this specific recovery service model we provide. MHCC offers a unique model that combines professional, volunteer, and peer support with a goal of transitioning to independent living and vocational participation within the mainstream of our community. Therefore, we have developed collaborations with programs at other organizations like the YMCA to promote healthy living and socialization opportunities. This model works, and many MHCC members indicate we are not only helping to prevent hospitalization and maintain stability; but more importantly because of our help they are now able to focus on goals that are related to their long- term future. As a result of a better understanding of their own recovery, many individuals want to “give back” by helping their fellow peers. Many look to us and have found employment working as program facilitators, peer counselors, as well as professional positions within our agency. We would like to expand this effort of utilizing certified peer specialists to help other members with the recovery process. Currently only 30% of persons discharged from acute care facilities attend their follow-up appointments.  They would be utilized as a liaison with discharge planners at acute care facilities, and would help persons released from acute care to link with resources like MHCC in the community. In addition, we would like to provide a “warm line” to further support communication that would encourage treatment. We believe we can demonstrate that peer support via peer counseling and liaison services within our friendly environments can help with this transition as well as preventing recycling to hospitals for mental health and other physical conditions. Currently there are no governmental funds to demonstrate this pilot program of expanded peer services, which ultimately would save expenditures on acute care.   Our goals and successes are only limited by resources, and it is our wish that continuing our efforts to build and establish ongoing community relationships will assist us in helping these resources to become a reality.   
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Peter D. Howard LCSW
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email

Mr. Howard comes to MHCC with 35 years of progressive health and human services management. He was President and CEO of both the Family Counseling Center (1992-1998) and The Child Development Center (1998-2003) and was instrumental in overseeing the successful merger of these two agencies into the Florida Center for Child and Family Development. He then served as President and CEO of that entity from 2003-2008. Since November 2008, Mr. Howard has been president of his own private consulting firm, which provides services to not-for-profit human services organizations. In this capacity he also served as a consultant to agencies seeking accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA).

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Carolyn Eagen Jan 2007 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
Mrs Jennifer Ernst Vice President of Programs
Ms. Mandy Feldman LCSWClinical Director
Ms. Linda J. Greaves Director of Development
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 92
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 150
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Mental Health Community Centers partners with many agencies in accomplishing the mission.  Memorandums of Understanding agreements are are in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, First Step of Sarasota County, Casl Renasainnce Manor.  We work closely with refering sources such as private practitioners, law enforcement, andcrisis stabilization units,  and collaborate together in creating programs which are benificial to all of our clients.
MHCC is part of the Sarasota County Continuity of Care group providing Behavioral Health Services to Sarasota County.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Five Star Award for ExcellenceCentral Florida Behavorial Health Network2013
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. JoAnn Tomer
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term May 2013 to May 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Francine Z. Brown Consultant
Ms. Christine Caldwell Business Owner
Ms. Rosemary Chase Community Volunteer
Mr. David R. Fawks Cornerstone Psychatric
Mr. Keith Green Retired
Mr. Bradley Hogreve Kirk Pinkerton
Mr. Peter Howard Mental Health Community Centers
Dr. Barbara J. Lorry Psychologist
Mr. Clint Mallard Trustco Bank
Mr. Stephen McDonald Merrill Lynch
Dr. Jacquelyn T. Somach Licensed Mental Health Clinician
Dr Lawrence Southwick Retired
Ms. JoAnn Tomer Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Ms. Ann Wacholder Coldwell Banker
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $950,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,000,000.00
Endowment Value $10,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$628,051$52,932$299,156
Individual Contributions$264,828$380,075$301,073
Investment Income, Net of Losses$854$923$1,637
Membership Dues$0$34,488$35,485
Special Events$131,871$312,278$118,559
Revenue In-Kind$25,462$26,810$32,802
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$993,846$754,000$698,741
Administration Expense$58,066$23,034$26,363
Fundraising Expense$34,984$37,362$31,628
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.961.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%93%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,576,738$1,652,925$1,696,851
Current Assets$327,633$321,827$342,967
Long-Term Liabilities$340,584$340,584$342,245
Current Liabilities$54,949$69,844$78,409
Total Net Assets$395,533$1,242,497$1,276,197
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $439,194Contributions, gifts, grants $380,075Contributions, gifts, grants $301,073
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $264,828Fundraising $312,278Government Grants $299,156
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment grants - Local $135,251Government Grants - Unspecified $52,932Fundraising $118,559
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.964.614.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets22%21%20%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures based on IRS Form 990 and audit documents. 990s and audits reconcile for 2012, 2011 & 2010. Total revenue reported on 2009 audit- $667,420; total expenses reported on 2009 audit- $748,071.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990.
Nonprofit Mental Health Community Center Inc
Address 240B S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL 34237
Primary Phone 941 953-3477