State Mental Health Treatment Facilities

Northeast Florida State Hospital (NEFSH)


Northeast Florida State Hospital (NEFSH) is located in the city of Macclenny, Florida, 35 miles west of Jacksonville. NEFSH has provided continuous service to persons with severe and persistent mental illness since 1959. As a recipient of the Governor's Sterling Award for Organizational Performance Excellence in 2000, numerous Davis Productivity Awards, and CARF Accreditation in 2009, facility staff is ever mindful of the mission to provide comprehensive mental health treatment services to ensure timely and appropriate transition to the community.

Northeast Florida State Hospital serves the Department of Children and Families' Circuits 3 (minus Madison and Taylor Counties), 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 18, which include 30 of Florida's 67 counties. The facility employs 1,007 people and is the largest single employer in Baker County.

The facility operates 633 beds and is the largest state owned provider of psychiatric care and treatment to civilly committed individuals in Florida. Referrals are based upon community and regional priorities for admission. Bed utilization rate for FY 2011-12 was 98% for Civil and 100% for step-down individuals, with a total of 1,000 persons served in FY 2011-12. With a daily bed cost of $289.34 (FY2011-12), NEFSH provides 24-hour residential care at one of the lowest per diem rates in the country. This figure is all inclusive of the complex array of needs demonstrated by persons in treatment, including housing and meals, access to treatment professionals, care of physical health needs, transportation and psychotropic medications.

Based on standards of care for general health concerns, Service Planning standards, and best practices in psychosocial rehabilitation, recovery at NEFSH is addressed through a person-centered approach. Following a review of significant issues presented by the community upon admission, comprehensive evaluations and assessments, clinical observations, the strengths, needs, and desires of the individual and their long term view, a service plan is developed to guide treatments during the person's stay at NEFSH. Psychosocial rehabilitation centers, referred to as Recovery Centers on the NEFSH campus, focus on therapeutic interventions designed to develop and/or enhance skills necessary for problem solving, building and maintaining social relationships, and functional life skills necessary for successful community living.

Business results from the 2011-12 fiscal year demonstrate continued success in the areas of customer satisfaction (90%) and length of stay (57% of discharges occurred within one year of admission). Since 1986, 477 continuous quality improvement projects addressing treatment approaches and support services have been conducted and are highlighted in the hospital's Annual Reports. The mission of the hospital is to: Provide comprehensive mental health recovery services to ensure timely transition to the community.

For more information or to receive a copy of the hospital's Annual Report, call Marvin Bailey, Hospital Administrator, at 904-259-6211, Extension 1104.