Coastal Behavioral Healthcare Inc
1565 State Street
Sarasota FL 34236

The mission of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is to provide quality care with compassion, respect and dignity for those with mental health and substance abuse disorders. 

CEO/Executive Director Mr. John H. Minge III
Board Chair Mr. S. Dudley Carson
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Former Names
Coastal Recovery Centers, Inc.
Storefront Centers for Counseling
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1971
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Public Notice of CBH Compliance with ADAView
Impact Statement

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare is the largest provider of behavioral health services in Sarasota County.  Coastal also provides specialized behavioral health services in surrounding counties. 

Each year, our programs impact the lives of more than 7,000 people as we help abused children overcome trauma, teenagers recover from substance abuse, and individuals of all ages triumph over mental and physical illnesses.  

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare sets and tracks performance metrics across the organization and benchmarks the results against other similar organizations in the state, and nationally in some cases. In addition, Coastal’s impact and performance are tracked through its major payers, Sarasota County and Central Florida Behavioral Health Network (DCF).

A few of our accomplishments this past year:
  • Coastal's campaign to "Save the Next Generation" will focus on our innovative prevention and treatment programs for youth and young adults and the current opioid crisis in our community. 
  • We are currently in 12 Sarasota County schools providing prevention education to the youth. 2016-2017 we provided prevention education to over 2,000 youth.  
  • Coastal began a corporate initiative in the summer of 2014 to address the needs of the chronic adult homeless population in Sarasota County.  We are now serving 100's of homeless adults through our outreach and engagement activities at The Salvation Army, Resurrection House and the Sheriff's Housing Initiative Facilitating Transient Services (SHIFTS).
  • We are also providing counseling and psychiatric services to homeless families entering the family shelters established by the county and Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  Harvest House operates the Family Haven for families in the northern part of the county and Catholic Charities operates the North Port family shelter.  Our professional staff can follow people to their new homes after they leave the shelter.
  • Stabilized over 2,000 patients in crisis who were determined to present an imminent risk of harm to self or others through our Kreisman Center Crisis Stabilization Unit;
  • Met at least 90% of the State of Florida’s outcome and performance metrics. 

Our strategic goals over the next 3 years:
  1. Our mission is to address inadequate state funding and provide innovative treatment, prevention and outreach programs for the more than 12,500 Sarasota County children, adults and families in need.
  2. To identify and implement ways to enhance ease of access to services and improve outcomes for individuals, stakeholders, and staff;
  3. To foster a culture of trust, respect, open communication, and accountability;
  4. To be a financially strong enterprise, exceeding industry standards for business performance and consistently showing revenue in excess of expenditures.  
Needs Statement

Florida’s publicly funded mental health services are ranked 49th worst and substance abuse services 34th in the country. The Department of Children and Families has not provided funded rate increases for services in over 12 years, while inflation has continued to put numerous pressures on centers like Coastal. In addition, state funds have been reduced each year. 


We depend on continuing and expanded philanthropic support to supplement the great need in our communities. Some of our priorities for the current time period include:
  • Coastal has historically provided significant levels of charity care for children and adults in our communities. In order to meet this great demand and continue this practice in the future, we need to secure an additional $1.0 million annually.
  • $50,000 is needed annually to support the Compeer Program, a nationally recognized service that matches volunteers as friends with persons with mental illnesses.
  • $600,000 is needed for expansion of outreach, rehabilitation, housing and treatment services to homeless individuals and families in Sarasota County.
  • $125,000 to begin a new Department of Development and Philanthropy - startup for the first year until the department is sustainable.
Background Statement
Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (Coastal) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit community behavioral healthcare organization, which was originally founded in Sarasota as Storefront Centers for Counseling more than 40 years ago. Since that time, Coastal has grown to more than 200 employees who serve more than 6,000 individuals in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Manatee counties each year. 
Coastal Behavioral Healthcare has been licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families since 1989 and has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1994.  The Joint Commission is a premier accrediting body for healthcare organizations in the US.  Coastal Behavioral Healthcare is also one of the 133 select behavioral healthcare providers in the nation with membership in the Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA). The Joint Commission is a premier accrediting body for healthcare organizations in the US. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Lee
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties, Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Secondary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Tertiary Org Type Health Care
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Mental health disorders and substance abuse negatively affect every one of us.  During my 35-year career in healthcare, I have seen first-hand how many of our children, family members, friends, and neighbor’s lives are destroyed by these diseases. As an executive in the health care field, I have also seen the enormous economic costs that are associated with treating the physical illnesses resulting from the deadly effects of addiction. But it wasn’t until the drug overdose death of a close family friend’s son, that I realized I needed to do more than be an observer. Coastal Behavioral Healthcare (Coastal) has been providing critical behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to the most vulnerable members of our communities since 1971. Through the broad spectrum of clinical behavioral healthcare services provided by Coastal, thousands of individuals in our communities have received the help needed to manage their disease and regain their lives. Over the years Coastal has been successful in achieving sustainability by providing the highest quality clinical services, resulting in consistent positive outcomes. Through the remarkable innovation of our staff, and their dedication and commitment to our mission and core values, we have been able to address the many social and funding challenges associated with providing mental health and substance abuse services. The current economic environment will create even greater funding challenges than ever, and it will be necessary for entire communities to work together to ensure these vital services continue to be available to the children, elderly, and families of our community. I have served on the Board of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare since 2004, and consider it an honor and privilege to be associated with an organization that makes such a positive impact on the lives of those who struggle to survive mental illness and substance abuse. My greatest personal reward comes from the knowledge that the services provided by Coastal are instrumental in saving lives. My regret is that the boy I watched grow up did not get the help he needed before it was too late.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

As the CEO of Coastal, I view the organization as being a vitally important part of the Sarasota and Desoto communities. As a not-for-profit leader, it is my role and that of the Board of Directors to act as trustees for this invaluable resource. Its sustainability and growth over time must be assured in order to continue to meet the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, adults and their families. We are also focused on expanding our highly successful integrated primary care and behavioral health services. Coastal has a public health mission in that its prevention and treatment activities are not only directed at high risk populations, but must also improve the health of the community as a whole. 


The coming year, 2015, will be an exciting year in healthcare. We expect approximately 1.0 million people in Florida to begin purchasing health coverage through the federal Health Care Exchange. I don’t expect most eligible people to enroll in the first year or even in the second, but we will see a significant increase over the next three to four years. In addition, I hope that Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature will pass an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to another 1.0 million people as permitted under the Affordable Healthcare Act. They may achieve this through an alternative to Medicaid, but if they act, it is estimated that up to $50 billion will be available to improve health care services to indigent people over the next 10 years.  Health care organizations, like Coastal, must adapt to this changing environment in order to prosper and meet the needs of our communities. Although these changes offer opportunities for improvements in healthcare, they are not a panacea for safety net providers like Coastal. 


We greatly appreciate the philanthropic support of individuals, families, foundations and corporations. I am always available to discuss how our organization can meet the needs of our donor community.


The Compass Center is an Adolescent Substance Abuse and Co-occurring treatment program for teens ages 13-17. It utilizes a holistic approach to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health needs of each adolescent who participates in the program. The length of stay is a minimum of 3 to 4 1/2 months. The Compass Center is the only adolescent residential treatment program for the Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee areas that treats co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. 

Budget $1,176,333
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

Goal #1  Assist each adolescent in gaining a social conscience, illustrated by values and character that demonstrate moral responsibility and behavior through the acquisition of social skills and cognitive restructuring.

Expected OutcomeEach resident will pass social skills assessments with a minimum of 80 percent in the communication section. 95 percent of the residents shall successfully complete the program. Of the total number of residents successfully completing the program, it is expected that no more than 15 percent relapse requiring further residential level of treatment within one year.

 Goal # 2Fostering a sense of community belonging and interdependence that can be carried into the home and larger community.

Expected Outcome: 100 percent of residents will identify at least 2 community activities/organizations in their home community s/he can participate in before discharge and explore ways to give back to others and their community.

 Goal # 3Developing independent living skills to improve self-sufficiency.

Outcome: 100 percent of residents who successfully complete the program will increase academic scores by at least one grade level and improve in post testing by at least one percentile on the assessment tool as determined by the program’s educational personnel.

 Goal # 4Fostering awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and eliciting a commitment for abstinence and a desire for recovery.

Expected OutcomeResidents will be abstinet from drugs and alcohol as evidenced by negative random urine screens.  Residents will understand the impact of their actions on themselves and others as measured by the Self-Inventory, Life Plan and Relapse Prevention Plans. Resident will develop competencies in communication skills and resolve problems with others more effectively. Residents will develop skills related to the recovery process that will assist in relapse prevention upon discharge as reflected on their individual Relapse Prevention Plan.

Long Term Success

The goals of treatment at Compass Center are designed to assist adolescents in cultivating recovery from substance abuse and eliminating problematic behaviors and choice patterns by promoting a sense of competency, usefulness, connectedness (belonging), and personal power (sense of control over one's fate in life) through:

  1.  Gaining a social consciousness, illustrated by values and character that demonstrate moral responsibility and behavior through the acquisition of social skills and cognitive restructuring; 
  2. Fostering a sense of community belonging and interdependence that can be carried into the home and larger community;
  3.  Developing independent living skills to improve self-sufficiency;
  4.  Fostering awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and eliciting a commitment for abstinence and a desire for recovery.

The program addresses treatment outcomes associated with adolescent adaptive growth and development. Each goal area has corresponding objectives used to assist the program in evaluating our long term goals and mission.

Program Success Monitoring
Social skills testing is completed at program entry level the first 30 days of treatment. Residents receive pre and post tests in each of the five social skill areas the program teaches: communications, problem solving, anger management, values clarification and self awareness. As the resident enters the forth level of their treatment process a comprehensive social skills assessment is provided to ensure they are retaining the skills they are learning and practicing daily. An 85% score is expected.
Program Success Examples
Of the 5 adolescents who successfully completed the program this fiscal year, 100% demonstrated abstinence from substance abuse as well as improvement in self-concept / self-esteem on the Piers-Harris assessment as well as improved anger control, communication and with program solving / conflict resolution skills.
The Compass Center also has numerous success stories, including 17-year old Jake Monley who spent a year at the Compass Center and completed the program successfully.  A year after his discharge, he continues to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol, is doing well in school, and is sharing his story openly with other teens, parents, and professionals to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among other teens and young adults.  Jake and his mother, Kate, participated in our Knowlege Saves: Get the IQ on RX forum in September 2011 as members of our panel.
Children’s Outpatient Medical Services is a program for youth (ages 5 -17) who have a serious behavioral health disorder (s) (i.e., depressive, bipolar, schizoaffective, and/or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) and typically face multiple family and environmental stressors. Coastal’s Children’s Outpatient Services provide comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments by master’s level mental health professionals, psychiatric evaluations by licensed psychiatrists, medication prescription and monitoring, health and wellness education, individual and family counseling, and case coordination services to improve the quality of the child and family’s life. 
As part of a comprehensive assessment, the needs of the child and family are evaluated to determine environmental stressors such as poverty, trauma, risk of homelessness, etc. that may be contributing to the distress of the child and family. Case management and care coordination services are also provided when indicated by assisting the family in obtaining food stamps, health insurance, and other humanitarian assistance.
Budget $388,411
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Childhood Mental Health Disorders
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Short-term success is tracked through the following measures:
  1. 85% of children will attend 89% of all available school days.
  2. 90% of children will have no inpatient admissions to the Crisis Stabilization Unit.
  3. 85% of children will remain in their home community and will not be admitted to residential treatment or juvenile justice programs.
  4.  90% of children and their families will indicate that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the services received.
Long Term Success

Long-term goals of the program include preventing psychiatric symptoms from worsening to the point that more restrictive and costly treatment is necessary. The Children’s Outpatient Medical Services program helps prevent or reduce the need for inpatient emergency crisis treatment at the local children’s crisis stabilization center and for other intensive residential treatment programs away from the child and family’s home community.

Program Success Monitoring
The program's success is monitored through psychiatrist and counselor progress notes; interviews with the youth and family; scores on the Children's Functional Assessment Rating Scale (C-FARS), and through patient satisfaction surveys.
Program Success Examples
For the past fiscal year, the program exceeded all outcome measures above based on over 272 children served.
Coastal provides outpatient psychiatric and therapy services to approximately 6,000 adults every year.  Services are located North Port and near downtown Sarasota.
Services are based on a person-centered recovery based model and are focused on helping people to achieve their highest level of independence in the community.  The Department of Children and Families pays partial costs for people without health insurance.
Adult services also include four Assertive Community Treatment Teams located in Southwest Florida.  Each team consists of 10-12 professionals including a psychiatrist that provide very intensive community based services to 100 persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  Many of the persons served came directly to us from state hospitals.  The programs have been very successful in keeping people from hospitalizations and homelessness.  We are able to help with financial assistance for individuals whose incomes are not sufficient to live successfully in the community.
Budget $4,800,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Homeless People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Short Term Success
The measure of success for these programs is over time - how well we help people that have historically been in state institutions for long periods of time, live sucessfully in the community. 
Short term successes would be averting immediate psychiatric crises to pevent arrest or hospitalization.
Long Term Success
The programs have had great success in helping individuals with the most severe mental illnesses living in our communities in Southwest Florida.  This evidenced-based practice has reduced hospitaliztions, reduced homeless and improved the overal quality of life for participants.
Program Success Monitoring
Assertive Community Treatment is a nationally recognized treatment model.  Success is measured by adherance to evidenced-based model, community tenure vs hospitalizations or arrests, quality of life indicators, etc.
Futher more, the Department of Children and Families and Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, its administrative management company, monitor the programs for outcomes.
Program Success Examples
We have clients that previously were arressted and/or admitted to the inpateint units multiple times per year, as many as 50 per year.  One of our most serious cases in this category has been arrested for ordinance charges (very minor)less than five times this year.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John H. Minge III
CEO Term Start Mar 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email

Mr. Jack Minge took office on March 11, 2013. Prior to his appointment to the CEO position at Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, he served 13 years as President of Benchmark Consulting Services, Inc., a firm which he co-founded in Jacksonville, Florida, to provide a range of consulting services for not-for-profit corporations, health care organizations, and governmental agencies. As President of Benchmark Consulting, he assisted Coastal in the development of a new 3-year strategic plan that includes enhancements to communications, access to and coordination of care with community partners, as well as expanded programs. 


Mr. Minge also has more than 25 years of experience in the executive leadership of large, multi-faceted behavioral health organizations. His expertise in financial planning, donor development, and negotiating managed care and government contracts will be instrumental in taking Coastal to its next phase of growth and development.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Joanne Radcliffe Interim CEOJuly 2012 - Mar 2013
Dr. Jerry W. Thompson Dec 2005 - Apr 2012
Senior Staff
Ms. Joanne Radcliffe MBACFO
Dr. Rick Ver Helst Psy.D.COO/CIO
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 178
Part Time Staff 37
Staff Retention Rate % 73
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 44
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare is an active participant in various collaborations and networks throughout Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. We are a significant contributor to the planning efforts to improve services to homeless people in Sarasota County.  We are a member of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, a one hundred-member group of stakeholders who work to advance communication, collaboration, and advocacy for the health and human service needs of Sarasota County residents through integrated, effective, and efficient delivery systems. Additional collaborative agreements are in place with various health and social service agencies such as Bayside Center for Behavioral Healthcare, First Step of Sarasota, Jewish Family and Children's Services, Mental Health Community Centers, Manatee Glens, Senior Friendship Centers, the Florida Center for Child and Family Development, the Safe Children Coalition, Children's Medical Services, and the Department of Juvenile Justice in order to maximize access to care and coordination of services for individuals served.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
External Assessments and Accreditations
Agency for Health Care Administration2013
Florida Department of Children and Families2014
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation2015
Awards & Recognition
Negley Chairman's Award for Excellence in Risk ManagementNegley Associates2004
Recognition of Dedication to Good Governance through Building Better BoardsGulf Coast Community Foundation2006
Risk Management Provisions
Professional Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Automobile Insurance
Employment Practices Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization As the new CEO of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, I am committed to developing the most effective and efficient health care organization in our community.  We are changing numerous business strategies and processes to improve the organization and the services it provides.  We have reorganized the management structure and brought in new talent to help ensure the organization is preparing for the changing health care environment.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. S. Dudley Carson
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Nov 2015 to Nov 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. S. Dudley Carson RE/MAX Premier Services
Mr. Jack Donaghue Retired
Mr. Kerry Kirschner Kirschner Consultants Inc.
Mr. Cord Mellor Mellor & Grissinger
Dr. Luis Montes Manatee Pediatrician
Ms. Patricia Turffs Board Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 73
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the direction for the organization.  It approves all major policies, capital outlay projects, annual budgets, and real property loans.  Directors participate in the development of the Strategic Plan and the Philanthropy and Marketing Plan, and they provide formal approval.  The board employs and evaluates the President and CEO.


Board members serve as volunteers without compensation and are expected to participate in the organization’s philanthropy efforts. Almost all board members have a direct connection to a family member or friend that has or has had a mental illness or substance use disorder.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $16,808,000.00
Projected Expenses $16,808,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $6,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$14,172,201$14,135,484$13,548,945
Individual Contributions$130,633$522,355$57,987
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,520$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$179,963$93,436$93,436
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$14,983,327$13,854,715$13,523,394
Administration Expense$1,893,376$1,705,757$1,581,488
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.011.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$7,203,948$7,434,063$8,265,736
Current Assets$2,718,505$2,970,512$3,549,512
Long-Term Liabilities$1,422,322$1,474,913$1,529,243
Current Liabilities$1,390,776$1,024,179$1,916,103
Total Net Assets$4,390,850$4,934,971$4,820,390
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $14,172,201Government Grants - State $12,954,514Government Grants - Federal & State $12,145,655
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMedicare/Medicaid Payment $1,449,081Government Grants - Local $1,180,970Gain on Sale of Assets $1,424,887
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Insurance $485,141Medicare/Medicaid Payment $772,297Government grants - Local $1,403,290
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $175,001 - $200,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.952.901.85
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets20%20%19%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Coastal relies on generous philanthropic contributions to leverage its public funds and to provide care to children and adults through critical programs that do not receive state funding. Coastal needs philanthropic support for annual operations, capital needs and the growth of its endowment.

Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. 990s and audits reconcile. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit Coastal Behavioral Healthcare Inc
Address 1565 State Street
Sarasota, FL 34230
Phone 941 927-8900