Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida

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(941) 487-5400 Sarasota
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The Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida, Inc. (HPCSWF) was authorized by Florida Statute in 1982 to plan for the health care needs of the residents of seven counties – Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota (Area 8).  The responsibility for planning efficient, cost-effective health systems is shared with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), and a statewide network of 11 local health planning councils.

HPCSWF, through its Board of Directors, brings together interested consumers, providers and purchasers of health services in a neutral environment to collaborate on developing and implementing plans and programs to improve the health care system for the area.  HPCSWF has partnerships with public health departments, community health centers, state agencies, providers and consumers.

“Notice of Availability of Auxiliary Aids & Services”

We’ve taken appropriate steps to make sure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in our services, activities, programs, and other benefits. People with disabilities include those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or who have low vision or other sensory limitations.

Free auxiliary aids and services to help us better communicate with people with disabilities

  • Relay service – TTY: 1-877-486-2048.
  • Accessible formats
    • Get the “Medicare & You” handbook in large print, Braille, audio, CD, or as an eBook.
    • Request another auxiliary aid or service:
      • For Medicare publications, call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY: 1-877-486-2048.
      • For all other CMS publications, you can:
        1. Call 1-844-ALT-FORM (1-844-258-3676). TTY: 1-844-716-3676.
        2. Send a fax to 1-844-530-3676.
        3. Send an email to
        4. Send a letter to:
      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
      Offices of Hearings and Inquiries (OHI)
      7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S1-13-25
      Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
      Attn: Customer Accessibility Resource Staff

“Nondiscrimination Notice”

The Health Planning Council of SWFL, Inc. (HPCSWF) doesn’t exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by HPCSWF directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which HPCSWF arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

How to file a complaint

If you believe you’ve been subjected to discrimination in a HPCSWF program or activity, there are 3 ways to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights:

  1. Online
  2. By phone: Call 1-800-368-1019. TDD users should call 1-800-537-7697.
  3. In writing: Send information about your complaint to:
  4. Office for Civil Rights
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    200 Independence Avenue, SW
    Room 509F, HHH Building
    Washington, D.C. 20201


HPCSWF provides data resources related to regional health needs and health services.  The primary focus of HPCSWF is to improve access to health and education for persons with limited resources and to reduce disparities in health in our comunity.


HPCSWF is committed to soliciting community involvement for its planning initiatives.  In addition to its planning functions, HPCSWF is the Lead Agency for the following health-related programs: Early Steps/Early Intervention Program serving children ages 0 to 3 with developmental disabilities and their families, HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS), and the Health Insurance Navigator Program (free assistance applying for coverage on the federal exchange).


HPCSWF provides health statistics and reports through quantitative data gathering and analysis. We specialize in implementing focus groups and facilitating community meetings to gather valuable feedback for project planning. HPCSWF is a valuable community resource for strategic planning and program assessment and maintains strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in our health and education communities.