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Our Mission & History

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in providing individuals and families with the highest quality of comprehensive, innovative, and affordable behavioral health care services, thus enabling a path for those in need to a productive recovery and an enriched quality of life.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission at Northside Behavioral Health Center is to provide individuals and families the highest quality of comprehensive, innovative, and affordable behavioral health care services thus enabling a path for those in need to a productive recovery and an enriched quality of life.


Guided by the belief that individuals and families can and do benefit from treatment of behavioral health conditions, we will continue to provide the highest quality care to those in need. We will be a voice for behavioral health issues including increased resources, financial and intellectual, championing the needs of those who struggle, and the expansion of public awareness and activism.

About Us

Northside, established in 1976, is a non-profit organization committed to helping heal the hurt in the lives of Hillsborough County residents suffering from or at risk for mental illness. Northside sets the standard for the best practices in mental health treatment with nationally accredited programs while making mental health care affordable and accessible to individuals and families and building a safer, healthier community.


With its multiple sites throughout Hillsborough County and state-of-the-art, evidence-based wellness and clinical services, Northside is dedicated to providing innovative programs that help individuals use their strengths and abilities to live productive, independent, and happier lives. We know that people with severe mental health issues can recover and learn to manage their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives with support.


Our staff provides expertise to improve treatment and systems of care for children and youths who have been victims of violence, witnesses to violence, or suffered traumatic loss. We provide nationally recognized approaches to treating individuals with dual mental health and substance abuse problems and individuals with long-term, chronic mental health disabilities. We stand ready to respond to the behavioral health needs of individuals and families.


Our Defining Principles

To encourage recovery, the agency adopts the following ten fundamental components of recovery developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Self Direction

By definition, the recovery process must be self-directed. Defining his/her life goals and designing unique path to meet those goals.


Recovery encompasses an individual’s entire life including mind, body, spirit, and community.


Authority to choose from a range of options and to participate in all decisions that will affect their lives.


Hope is a catalyst of the recovery process, providing the essential, motivating message of a better future.


Recovery is not a step-by-step process, but one based on continual growth, occasional set backs, and learning from experience.


A personal responsibility to understand and give meaning to their experiences and identify the coping strategies and healing processes which will promote their own wellness.

Peer Support

Encourage and engage other individuals in recovery and promote each other with a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community.


By building on their strengths, individuals move forward through interaction with others in supportive, trust-based relationships.


Self-acceptance and regaining belief in one’s self ensures the inclusion and full participation of individuals in all aspects of their lives.


Recovery is based on each individual’s unique strengths and resiliency as well as his/her needs, experiences, and cultural background in all of its diverse representations.