South Florida State Hospital

South Florida State Hospital


800 East Cypress Drive
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025






Florida Department of Children and Families


The Joint Commission, CMS


Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)


Recovery Solutions 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. RS designed, constructed and financed a completely new 368 licensed beds 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 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.


SFSH provides services for severely and persistently mentally ill adults who are involuntarily committed to the hospital when community treatment alternatives are no longer effective. 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 treatment mall 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, 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.

Doctoral Psychology Internship Program:

SFSH’s internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Accreditation status of this program can be obtained from the APA Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation //
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979 and at its website:

The internship training program provides a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in assessment and intervention with a diverse patient population. Goals include increasing awareness of and sensitivity to the cultural, social and psychological needs of special populations and learning to adapt traditional modalities while receiving direct supervision and formal didactic training. The facility provides treatment using a multidisciplinary psychiatric rehabilitation model based on a philosophy of Illness Management & Recovery. The internship program offers two different tracks that are integrated with the core curriculum. Two matched interns would have an opportunity to receive focused training in the area of forensic psychology, and the other intern would have an opportunity to receive focused training in the area of clinical psychology. Independently of the track, all interns will have the opportunity to build skills in the areas of forensics, psychological assessment, and behavior assessment and consultation, as they complete a core curriculum in clinical practice.

For more information, click here to review the internship program brochure.

Click here for information about SFSH’s Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data.

Significant Achievements:

• Replacement facility completed on schedule and within budget
• Extensive physical plant improvements and clean-up of existing facility
• 86% reduction in the average length of stay of those admitted and discharged under Recovery Solutions vs. state operation
• Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
• Continuum of Care includes re-entry into the community with follow-up care and coordination with community-based services
• Virtual elimination of restraint and seclusion
• Achieved Joint Commission accreditation in July 1999, approximately one year ahead of contractual obligation
• Daily operation of the existing facility continued without disturbance while a new, state-of-the-art, purpose-built replacement facility was constructed
• Safely transitioned 450 employees and 325 residents from the old facility into the new facility within a five-day period without any disruption of normal services


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