Mental & Physical Health

Mental & Physical Health Programs currently funded by Manatee County Children's Services.


Baker Act Youth Program

Program provides Baker Act services to children who are in acute psychiatric distress and have been determined to be a threat to themselves or others.

Program includes inpatient crisis stabilization, psychiatric treatment, medication stabilization, individual, group and family therapy, and discharge planning for follow-up care of clients who are assessed as requiring 24-hour care under the Baker Act until they are stabilized and can be treated in a less intensive setting.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 4-17 years and their families

Phone: (941) 782-4600

Provider: Centerstone

Location: Centerstone Hospital, 2020 26th Ave E, Bradenton

Hours: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week


The Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center

Program provides a peer grief support program for children ages 5-18 and their adult caregivers. Blue Butterfly groups are facilitated by mental health professionals and trained volunteers. The facilitators use evidence-based interventions that support children and families on their grief journey. Blue Butterfly services have no cost to patients and families in the community.

Services also include a one hour, 6-week school-based support group, evidence-based grief program for students K-12th grade.


  • Manatee County resident ages 5-17 who have had a significant death 
  • Experiencing traumatic stress 
Phone: (941) 893-6610 / Español (941) 894-1704

 Provider: Tidewell Hospice

Location: Bradenton Dream Center 1816 9th St W Bradenton, Fl 34205, Tidewell Family Greif Center Ellenton 4151 37th St E Palmetto, Fl 34221, virtual sessions as needed

Hours: Saturday's Jan 2023 - Sept 2023: 9am-2pm. June 5 2023-Aug 4 2023 Monday-Friday 9am-4pm


Children’s Community Action Team (Substance Abuse/Mental Health)

Program provides youth substance abuse outpatient treatment services, intake assessment and evaluation, individualized treatment planning, psychosocial assessment, individual, family, group therapy, drug urine screening, case management, substance abuse and mental health screening, support groups, discharge planning, and referral and linkage to services for child and families within the community.

Provides substance abuse education, fundamentals of education, behavior modification principles and social skills education.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages 5-17 years and their family

Phone: (941) 782-4114

Provider: Centerstone of Florida

Location: 365 6th Avenue West, Bradenton 34205

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment or as needed



Children’s Counseling Services (Domestic Violence)

Program is designed to promote strength, safety and well-being for Manatee County children who have been affected by domestic violence, and to assist families with non-abusive methods of communication. Methods used include: individual and family counseling, parenting education, case management, advocacy, referrals, and staffing with a licensed clinical supervisor.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Ages birth-17 years
  • Victims of domestic violence, and their non-offending parents

Phone: (941) 755-6805

Provider: Hope Family Services

Location: Confidential

Hours: Tues-Thurs, 8:30am-7:30pm; Friday, 8:30am-2pm.


Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)

Program provides child-based community health program that aims to create healthy habits and behavior change in children by teaching them to identify and choose healthy foods and to increase their moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each day.

Services also include curriculum-specific training, technical assistance for classroom teachers and families. Practice-based coaching activities, coaching on curriculum fidelity, observation or assessment of classroom teachers and progress monitoring of children. Along with providing curriculum materials to participating early learning classrooms and families.


  • Manatee County resident
  • 3-5 years old

Phone: 941-212-4995 (Director Rachel Spivey)

Provider: Early Learning Coalition

Location: 600 8th Ave W Palmetto, Fl or subcontracted childcare providers throughout Manatee County and virtual lessons as needed.

Hours: Morning, daytime and evening hours Monday-Friday and weekends as needed.


Kids Personal Safety

Program provides presentations on personal safety are provided to approximately 11,000 Manatee County students. The presentations are age-appropriate and include topics such as stranger danger, bullying, child abuse/neglect, and human trafficking lures. Last year, within a week of the presentation, 217 students disclosed alleged child abuse/neglect or bullying. Many times the child comes immediately to the instructor and asks to talk to them privately. These reports are taken seriously and are either reported to the state abuse hotline or to the school guidance counselor for resolution. Last year 39 hotline calls were made for child abuse.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Children ages 5-13 
  • At risk of threats to their personal safety 

Phone: (941) 345-1200

Provider: Manatee Children's Services Inc.

Location: Based on client's needs throughout Manatee County, virtual as needed

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Evenings and weekends as needed.


Sexual Assault Child Advocacy and Therapy for Children

Provides on-call crisis counseling, education and support to child victims of sexual assault. Through a 24-hour crisis call line, child victims have access to an advocate who arranges legal, medical, and behavioral health services throughout the recovery process.

Advocate accompanies the victim to law enforcement interviews including line-ups, photopack review sessions, and controlled phone calls; to court related interviews including prefiling interviews, depositions, hearings, and trials; and assists in filing compensation claims and information referrals.


  • Victim of sexual assault in Manatee County
  • Ages 0-17 years

Phone: (941) 782-4299

Provider: Centerstone of Florida

Location: 383 6th Ave W, Bradenton 34205

Hours: Varies based on client need


Sexual Offense Abuse Reactive (SOAR)

Program provides individualized treatment from the most basic prevention skills for young children with sexual misconduct issues to the long term, intensive treatment of adolescent sexual abusers.

SOAR utilizes treatment modalities (cognitive behavior, empathy, and skill enhancement) and relapse prevention that are proven effective on a national level and adopted by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Sexual abuse offender
  • Ages 6-17 years

Phone: (941) 741-755-4782

Provider: Insight Counseling Services, Inc.

Location: 351 6th Avenue West, Bradenton 34205

Hours: Varies based on client's needs, Monday-Saturday