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South Florida State Hospital

Wellpath Recovery Care was selected by the Department of Children and Families in 1998 to operate South Florida State Hospital, the first in the nation to be completely privatized. Wellpath Recovery Care designed, constructed and financed a completely new 350 licensed bed facility on the same state-owned property.  When the new complex was completed in December 2000, the whole hospital was moved to the new site, the only new state civil psychiatric hospital to have been built in the state in the last 40 years.

The mission of the facility is to empower the persons served to acquire and use the skills and supports necessary to achieve maximum independence, success and satisfaction in the environment of their choice. The population consists primarily of severely and persistently mentally ill adults who are involuntarily committed to the hospital when community treatment alternatives are no longer effective. The hospital provides a secure setting with longer-term treatment by psychiatrist-led teams of clinicians. Students from various professional disciplines, such as medicine, psychology and pharmacy also participate as part of their training regimen.

The entire complex consists of one-story Mediterranean-looking buildings with barrel tile roofs, tile floors, pleasant colors and lush landscaping. The persons served live in seven residential areas, including one designed for the elderly with amenities to meet their special needs, and one for those with extraordinary medical needs. There are two person bedrooms, each having its own bathroom. The distinctly non-institutional atmosphere not only improves the mental healthcare experience for persons served and their families, it also plays an integral part in treatment and recovery. Consistent with the role recovery philosophy, which emphasizes the opportunity to make choices, a wealth of programming is offered in the Town Center, the complex in the center of the campus. Buildings in a quadrangle house life skills programs, education and career development, an addictions program, dining areas, gift shop, beauty parlor, a chapel, and a library. Gazebos and a clock tower decorate the grounds and provide gathering places for socializing.