UPDATE: All Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital employees and patients are safe. As previously announced, all patients and a team of employees were safely moved to other facilities in the region. Patients are receiving the care, support and services needed. In the meantime, our hospital is closed but the main hospital number 850-763-0017 has been redirected to a location nearby and is being answered by staff.

If you are an employee of Emerald Coast, we would like to hear from you. Please call the main number so that we can stay in touch and provide assistance.

While it may take months for the facility to be reopened, restoration is underway. As we have updates, we will continue to share here.

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital provides acute inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services.

We specialize in child, adolescent, adult, active duty military, Veteran, and geriatric psychiatry.


About Us

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited psychiatric hospital. Located in the heart of beautiful Panama City, Florida, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital provides mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, active duty service members and their families, and Veterans.

Located at the main campus is our 86-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital and outpatient center. Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital also has three satellite outpatient centers located throughout the Florida Panhandle: Blue Springs Outpatient Center in Marianna, Okaloosa Outpatient Center in Fort Walton Beach, and Parkhill Outpatient Center in Tallahassee. Additionally, we are proud to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy at our main campus in Panama City, as well as the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in Fort Walton Beach.

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital provides acute psychiatric services in a safe and nurturing environment to children (ages 4 to 12), adolescents (ages 13 to 17), and adults (ages 18 and older). With confidentiality and sensitivity, our inpatient programs allow patients to begin treatment in an intensive and secure therapeutic environment where they are cared for 24 hours a day by our team of compassionate and highly trained professionals. Treatment includes medication management, individual, group and family therapy, classes in coping skills, and a wide variety of therapeutic activities, such as expressive therapy, art and music therapy, recreational therapy, and yoga therapy. Our clinical staff utilizes a range of evidence based treatment, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) strategies, and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Our goal is to stabilize acute symptoms as quickly as possible so patients can continue treatment in a less restrictive, outpatient environment. Our four outpatient centers offer intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs with the same patient-centered care for individualized, specific treatment goals allowing the best continuity of care for our clients.

Additional information on Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital:

  • Designated Baker Act receiving facility
  • Locked facility
  • Smoking privileges are allowed during specified times throughout the day
  • Additional facility features include windows in every patient room, half court gymnasium, and large interior courtyard
  • Emergency mental health services, assessments, and admissions available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Our Mission

To make a difference in the individuals we serve, and our community.

Our Vision

Providing comfort in crisis.

Our Values

We are committed to sharing empathy, compassion, and respect to change lives.


JC-LogoEmerald Coast Behavioral Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Joint Commission accredited organizations have demonstrated that they meet the highest standards in their field. These organizations proudly display a “Gold Seal of Approval,” a visible symbol of a facility’s commitment to providing the highest level of care.


Inpatient services for adults 18 years and older 

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Child & Adolescent

Inpatient services for children ages 4 and up

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Alcohol & Drug

Inpatient chemical dependency treatment for adults ages 18 and older

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Resiliency Program

Specialty inpatient programming for active duty service members

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IOP/PHP at four outpatient centers located throughout NWFL

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