SMA Healthcare received a $4 million grant to expand a behavioral health clinic.

SMA Healthcare has received a two-year, $4 million grant to expand services at its community behavioral health clinic in Daytona Beach.


The grant was awarded to SMA Healthcare by SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, according to a press release.


The clinic, which opened three years ago with a federal grant at 1220 Willis Ave., could previously handle a caseload of 400, according to Rhonda Harvey, chief operating officer for SMA Healthcare.


The new grant, which started on May 1, will allow the facility to service over 1,100 individuals by increasing access to and improving the quality of community mental health and substance use disorder treatment, according to the press release.


SMA Healthcare’s current focus includes aggressively recruiting and hiring 20 employees as required by the grant, according to Harvey.


"This grant award will provide an amazing opportunity for us to continue and expand upon that effort, with the goal to manage the overall health needs of our clients," Harvey said.


The behavioral health clinic will provide the community with a wide range of substance abuse and mental health disorder services, according to the release.


The clinic will directly provide or contract with partner organizations to provide nine types of services. It will emphasize 24-hour crisis care, evidenced based practices, care coordination and integration with physical health care.


In addition, staff will provide a comprehensive collection of services needed to create access, stabilize people in crisis and provide the necessary treatment for those with the most serious, complex mental illnesses and substance use disorders, according to the release.


The clinic will also integrate additional services to ensure an approach to health care that emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care and physical-behavioral health integration.


Mental illness can impact social and cognitive function and decrease energy levels, according to Harvey. People with a mental illness may lack motivation; develop unhealthy eating and sleeping habits or may start smoking or abusing substances.


People with behavioral health disorders also have high incidence of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and respiratory conditions, according to Harvey.


"The way that people experience their mental illnesses can increase their susceptibility of developing poor physical health," Harvey said. "It just makes sense to treat and manage the co-occurring disorders at the same time."


Comprehensive care includes, but is not limited to, the following criteria:


• 24/7/365 crisis services to help people stabilize in the most clinically appropriate, least restrictive, least traumatizing and most cost-effective settings.


• Immediate screening and risk assessment for mental health, addictions and basic primary care needs for those with behavioral health disorders.


• Easy access to care with criteria to assure a reduced wait time so those who need services can receive them when they need them, regardless of ability to pay or location of residence.


• Tailored care for active duty military and veterans to ensure they receive the unique health support essential to their treatment.