SARASOTA, FL – February 13, 2013 – Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (Coastal) is pleased to welcome the internationally recognized, evidence-based Compeer friendship program, originally housed at Senior Friendship Centers (SFC), to its State Street office in downtown Sarasota. Kathy Maybee, previously with SFC, is continuing in her role as Coordinator of the Compeer program at Coastal. Coastal’s ability to provide a new home for Compeer was facilitated by a grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in support of the program’s operations. “We are tremendously grateful for the grant award from the Health Focus Team Special Project Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The award, in the amount of $4,999, will support the operations of the program in the initial first months of the transition,” said Joanne Radcliffe, Interim CEO of Coastal. “We appreciate the support and confidence of the Grant Advisory Team, the staff, and the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation in helping us extend the power of friendship to individuals recovering from mental health conditions throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.”
Compeer matches community volunteers with individuals who are receiving mental health services from community mental health providers or through private practitioners. Volunteers provide the gift of friendship for one hour per week by engaging individuals in fun, social and leisure activities. The program was founded by Sarasota winter resident, Bernice W. Skirboll, nearly 40 years ago in Rochester, New York. To volunteer, contact Kathy Maybee at (941) 927-8900, extension 3323. To learn more about the internationally established Compeer model, visit www.compeer.org.
About Coastal Behavioral Healthcare: Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. 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 over 200 employees who serve more than 6,000 individuals in Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, and Lee counties each year. At the heart of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare’s mission is an earnest passion for “caring for our community” through the implementation of best practices that assist individuals in gaining the tools they need to overcome the challenges of mental health and substance abuse disorders. Coastal Behavioral Healthcare is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families and accredited by The Joint Commission.