New Flagler Access Center offers mental health services, case management

The recently opened center is trying to let the community know it's there.

Local officials at a ribbon cutting for the Flagler Access Center. File photo by Brent Woronoff
Local officials at a ribbon cutting for the Flagler Access Center. File photo by Brent Woronoff
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SMA Healthcare is offering mental health and substance abuse screenings, care coordination and crisis response at the recently opened Flagler Access Center at 103 E. Moody Blvd., and is planning new services through a partnership with AdventHealth.

"It is a walk-in, get services right away type of a center."


— RHONDA HARVEY, SMA Healthcare chief operating officer

SMA is trying to let the community know about local mental health and substance abuse treatment options, SMA Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Harvey told Palm Coast City Council members at a Feb. 1 council meeting. 

"We want to make sure that the community knows how to get ahold of us," she said. "The easiest, simplest way is to walk straight into the Access Center, there at the corner of U.S. 1 and Moody Boulevard." 

It's open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside of those hours, people can call 800-539-4228 to connect to the center's 24/7 on-call crisis response team.

The Access Center, which opened with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 11, is a partnership between SMA, Flagler County and Flagler Health+. 

"It is a walk-in, get services right away type of a center," Harvey said. "We will be doing screenings for individuals, and instead of referring them to services or giving them a phone number or directions on how to get somewhere, we're going to actually either provide the service on-site, or link them to a service within our or another spectrum of care."

The Access Center, she said, will assist with transportation and case management, as well.

"We just want to get the message out," she said. "An individual that is in need of behavioral health services, they need to raise their hand up and say, 'I need help,' or have a family member bring them to us. We want to be accessible."

SMA Healthcare has operated in Flagler County since 1985, first offering outpatient services, then a number of residential programs as well. 

Last fiscal year, it served 2,867 Flagler County residents, providing outpatient services and case management for 2,139, screening and assessment for 379, residential or detox services for 300 and primary care for 49.

SMA is working with AdventHealth on a potential medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment program, she said. 

"We will apply for the every grant that comes down the pike," she said. "Our hope is that with the opioid settlement that is coming, that there will be a lot more opportunities."



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