Annual Fundraiser to Support SMA’s WARM Program Canceled Due to COVID-19

The SMA Healthcare Foundation regretfully announces the cancellation of their Annual Dinner Celebration & Auction, which was scheduled for August 26th at the DAYTONA 500 Club. 

“The Board of Directors for the Foundation made the tough decision to cancel the annual event due to concern for the safety of attendees, staff and volunteers as our community faces the many challenges associated with COVID-19,” said Andrew Gurtis, Chairman of the Board for the SMA Healthcare Foundation. 

The annual dinner and auction has been a primary fundraiser for the Foundation for over 20 years, and revenues from this year’s event were earmarked to support SMA Healthcare’s WARM Program (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers), located at the Vince Carter Sanctuary in Bunnell, Florida. 

“We are seeing a continued commitment from event sponsors to support SMA and the Foundation despite the cancellation, but the event generates a large portion of its revenue through a successful live auction, individual ticket sales, and prize ticket sales,” said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director at the SMA Healthcare Foundation “and the WARM program has significant needs related to the facility and programming.”

The Vince Carter Sanctuary, where WARM is housed, was built in 2008 from funds raised through a capital campaign, including a $1.6 million donation from Vince Carter and his mother, Michele Carter-Scott.  Now, after years of housing women and children, the facility is in need of repairs and updates, with an estimated cost of nearly $700,000. 

Along with these capital needs, SMA has identified program enhancements that would be a great benefit to the women at WARM by addressing some of the needs they have when they are successfully exiting the program.  Those needs include housing assistance, transportation, and training for employment opportunities.  The need for the services WARM offers is great and there is always a waiting list for admission, so SMA has also set a goal of expanding services to assist more women. 

WARM is a long-term residential treatment facility for women exhibiting symptoms of drug and/or alcohol dependence, and for women who are pregnant or post-partum.  The program provides a therapeutic and supportive environment through a broad range of services based upon the client’s individual needs.  Women with children under the age of six are able to have their children in residence with them. 

Normally children ages six and older are able to visit on weekends, and the program schedules family groups and activities.  However, one of the biggest challenges the program has faced with COVID-19, is the inability to allow individuals from outside the program to come on site.  “This has created a huge challenge for the women in the program,” said Alicia Vincent, SMA’s VP of Flagler Services. “The staff are doing everything they can to virtually connect families so the women will stay in the program and get the help they need, but it has created the need for additional services to keep the women engaged.” 

WARM has a history of success for women who come from throughout SMA’s service area of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.  In FY 2019/2020 they reported the following:

  • 99 women successfully completed the program
  • 94 women successfully participated in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences Program (culinary certification course)
  • 30 women either regained or were able to retain custody of their children…  and
  • 100% of the babies who were born at WARM were born drug free!  WARM’s total number of healthy babies since 1999 is now at 294!

SMA would like to continue this great work, expand upon it, and to provide it in a homelike and safe environment for the women and children.  Support from the community is critical to do so. 

At the 2019 dinner, the Foundation had implemented what was to be an annual special auction of teddy bears to support the Larry & Joan Kelly Scholarship Fund.  With the cancellation of this year’s event, the Foundation has decided that $100 of every donation of $500 or more, through the end of the year, will go toward these valuable scholarships, and the donor and a child at WARM will receive a commemorative teddy bear. 

If you are interested in supporting SMA Healthcare, the WARM Program, and the SMA Healthcare Foundation, please contact Jennifer Secor, CFRE, Executive Director, at 386-254-1139 or jsecor@smahealthcare.org. 

SMA Healthcare Announces Two Promotions

DAYTONA BEACH – SMA Healthcare is pleased to announce the promotions of Nicole Sharbono to Senior Vice President and Dr. Daniel Weinberg to Chief Medical Officer, effective July 1.  

“Both of these individuals bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and motivation to our agency, and these promotions are well-deserved,” said Rhonda Harvey, chief operating officer. “We are excited to watch as these two individuals continue our efforts to grow our service platform and advocate for the healthcare needs of our community.”

Sharbono has been with SMA Healthcare since September 2012. She is being promoted from Vice President of Volusia County Services, a role she has held since December 2016. Prior to that, she served as the agency’s Senior Mental Health Director.

Dr. Weinberg has been with SMA Healthcare for a year, as he joined the team in June 2019. His promotion to Chief Medical Officer comes on the heels of Dr. Antonio Canaan’s retirement earlier this year. Weinberg recently served as the Medical Director for Psychiatric Services.

 

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About SMA Healthcare

SMA Healthcare is a leader in behavioral healthcare and has over 50 years of experience providing exceptional and comprehensive services to individuals living with addiction, mental illness or both. We offer a wide array of services in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties, which include the following: Prevention, Crisis, Residential, Outpatient, Justice Services, Specialty & Other Services, and Community Outreach & Education. Services vary by location, so please contact our Access Center 24/7 for more information. If you would like to make a donation in support of SMA Programs, please visit www.smahealthcare.org

SMA Healthcare Announces Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Palatka Drop-In Center

PALATKA – SMA Healthcare is excited to announce the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Palatka Drop-In Center will take place Thursday, March 19, from 3-5 p.m. The location for the newly-renovated Drop-In Center is 521 S. 13th Street, Palatka, FL.

“This ceremony is the culmination of a lot of hard work, and we are excited to officially open our new location for the Drop-In Center,” said Nancy Russo, vice president of Putnam County services. “The new location will allow us to offer a fresh space to provide the best services possible to our clients in Putnam County.”

The goal of the Drop-In Center is to provide a safe place for adults in the community with mental illness to learn, socialize, and support one another in their journey to healing. Adults age 18 and over who struggle with mental health symptoms are eligible to use the drop-in center-there is no fee for this service.

Individuals may drop in any time between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and will be asked to provide minimal demographic information.

Some of the activities and groups offered by the Drop-In Center include psychoeducational groups – mindfulness, cognitive behavior theory and identity – team building, and games and crafts. The Drop-In center also offers assistance with the Florida Ready to Work Program.

Funding for the renovations of the drop-in center came from multiple sources, including $36,000 from the SMA Healthcare Foundation and a $15,000 Clay Electric Foundation grant. The Foundation has also contributed to the cost of fresh landscaping for the property. This type of support is a vital part of SMA’s ability to accomplish its mission and provide much needed services to the community. For more information regarding the Drop-In Center, please call 386-385-3933. For more information about all SMA programs, please contact our Access Center at 800-539-4228.

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About SMA Healthcare

SMA Healthcare is a leader in behavioral healthcare and has over 50 years of experience providing exceptional and comprehensive services to individuals living with addiction, mental illness or both. We offer a wide array of services in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties, which include the following: Prevention, Crisis, Residential, Outpatient, Justice Services, Specialty & Other Services, and Community Outreach & Education. Services vary by location, so please contact our Access Center 24/7 for more information. If you would like to make a donation in support of SMA Programs, please visit www.smahealthcare.org 

SMA Healthcare Announces Addition of Six New Board Members

DAYTONA BEACH – SMA Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors – Kendell Hardwick, Brian Henderson, Michele Johnson, John Reid, Joyce Shanahan, and Robert Snyder. All board members will begin their terms immediately, and will serve a two-year term.

“We are thrilled to add such a diverse group of professionals to the SMA Healthcare Board of Directors,” said chief executive officer Ivan Cosimi. “I appreciate each of their commitments to our organization and look forward to working with them to ensure SMA Healthcare remains the leader of behavioral healthcare in our four-county area.”

Kendell Hardwick currently serves as a registered nurse for St. Johns County School District, and also volunteers for the St. Augustine Beach Police Department. Brian Henderson is the Chief of Operations for Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Michele Johnson is the Chief Nursing Officer for AdventHealth Fish Memorial in Orange City. In addition to beginning serving on the SMA board, she currently sits on the Deltona High School Health Academy Advisory Board.

John Reid is an attorney at the Office of the State Attorney. Joyce Shanahan is the City Manager for the City of Ormond Beach, and has served with a number of local organizations, including the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, PACE School for Girls Volusia/Flagler, and the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach. Robert Snyder is an administrator for the State Department of Health in Flagler County.

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About SMA Healthcare

SMA Healthcare is a leader in behavioral healthcare and has over 50 years of experience providing exceptional and comprehensive services to individuals living with addiction, mental illness or both. We offer a wide array of services in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties, which include the following: Prevention, Crisis, Residential, Outpatient, Justice Services, Specialty & Other Services, and Community Outreach & Education. Services vary by location, so please contact our Access Center 24/7 for more information. If you would like to make a donation in support of SMA Programs, please visit www.smahealthcare.org

SMA Healthcare Receives Additional Grant Funding for Putnam County Opioid Response

DAYTONA BEACH – SMA Healthcare (SMA) was recently selected to receive up to $635,000 in subaward funding under the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic solicitation, released by the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). SMA is one of 21 programs that will receive funding as part of this grant from IIR. The grant award period began in January and will end September 30, 2021.

“This grant opportunity will broaden SMA’s ability to bring opioid prevention and education to the Putnam community,” said Lynda Tarus, IIR grant program director for SMA. “Furthermore, the grant will strengthen SMA’s presence in the healthcare community to link individuals to much needed opioid treatment services.”

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is a Florida-based nonprofit corporation specializing in criminal justice (law enforcement focus) and homeland security issues. IIR has a proven history of promoting greater efficiency and effectiveness among local, state, tribal, and federal criminal justice agencies through customized services. IIR is a highly experienced team of professionals equipped with the knowledge and ability to respond to the needs of justice agencies

The Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Initiative is co-funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI).

SMA, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Palatka Police Department, Putnam County Schools, Putnam Community Medical Center, Azalea Health, Putnam Fire/EMS, the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Putnam County, and the Putnam County Health Department will participate as a subcommittee of the Putnam County Behavioral Health Consortium collaborating to plan, develop, and implement grant funded activities with the goal of identifying, responding to, treating, and supporting those impacted by the opioid epidemic in Putnam County.

“SMA, through the Putnam County Behavioral Health Consortium, has developed and maintained strong working partnerships with many community organizations,” said Nancy Russo, vice president of Putnam County services for SMA. “We are happy to once again partner with the leaders in these fields to bring services to the residents of Putnam County.”

“The magnitude of the players willing to come to the table to execute this grant speaks to Putnam County’s dedication to bettering the lives of its residents,” said chief operating officer Rhonda Harvey. “SMA is committed to continuing these partnerships.  The additional funding afforded by the IIR grant will enable more Putnam County residents to seek and receive needed treatment and services.”

 

About SMA Healthcare

SMA   Healthcare   is   a   leader   in   behavioral   healthcare   and   has   over   50   years   of   experience providing exceptionaland comprehensive services to individuals living with   addiction,   mental   illness   or   both. We offer a wide array of servicesin Flagler, Putnam, St.  Johns  and  Volusia  Counties,  which  include  the following: Prevention, Crisis, Residential,  Outpatient,  Justice  Services,  Specialty  &  Other  Services,  and Community Outreach & Education. Services vary by location, so pleasecontact our Access Center 24/7 for more information. If you would like to make a donation in support of SMA Programs, please visit www.smahealthcare.org

SMA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION AND OCEAN DECK TO HOST SMA BEACH 5K

The SMA Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the 24th Annual SMA Beach 5K and Sand & Sun Fest, hosted by the Ocean Deck, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10am. 

 The SMA Beach 5K (f/k/a BEACH House 5K), a chip-timed run/walk held on the beach outside the Ocean Deck Restaurant, located at 127 S. Ocean Avenue, Daytona Beach, is held annually to help raise funds to support BEACH House and other SMA Healthcare programs and services, as well as to provide awareness of SMA’s addiction and mental health services in our community. 

 Ocean Deck Restaurant began hosting the event in 2010, when Ken Bots, an avid runner and managing partner at the Ocean Deck, noted that the event needed a proper venue and partner to help build the run.  They have continued their generous support ever since, not just providing the venue, but assisting with staffing, valet and parking, refreshments and event promotion.  Ocean Deck also covers a portion of the cost for the custom designed “Florida Sea Life” medals that were introduced in 2018, and they donate a percentage of all sales the day of the run, up to 2:00 p.m., including food, drink and merchandise from the gift shop. 

 “We are very appreciative of the amazing support Ocean Deck provides, as well as all the sponsors, donors and volunteers who help make the event a success each year” said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “We are also very excited to introduce this year’s finisher medal, the Sea Turtle, in the custom designed “Florida Sea Life” series.  To add a little fun with the sea turtle theme this year, one of the Tortugas mascots will be joining us.” 

 The SMA Healthcare Foundation is also issuing a “5+5=10K Challenge”.  Present a bib from an earlier race the day of the SMA Beach 5k, and receive a sneaker charm and entry into a special door prize drawing.

 The SMA Beach 5K is supported by Run 4 a Cause and Chris Batista of 5K Race Director for race timing and equipment.  Sponsors include Brown & Brown Insurance, James Moore & Co., FPL, Rosaria Upchurch Ph.D., TAG Ventures Real Estate, Mutual of Omaha, and Nature’s Garden-Orange City.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

 Packet pick up opens at 8:00 am, and the run/walk starts promptly at 10:00 am.  There will be a ceremony immediately following the run, and awards given for best overall male and female, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd by age group. 

 For more details about the event, or to register, please visit www.SMABeach5K.org. You may also contact Cyndi Hines, PR Specialist at SMA Healthcare Foundation, at 386-254-1136 or chines@smahealthcare.org

 If you are interested in supporting SMA Healthcare and the SMA Healthcare Foundation, please contact Jennifer Secor, CFRE, Executive Director, at 386-254-1139 or jsecor@smahealthcare.org

 

SMA FOUNDATION RAISES OVER $100,000 FOR CHET BELL CRISIS CENTER

The SMA Healthcare Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce that over $100,000 was raised for much needed renovations at SMA’s Chet Bell Crisis Center.    

The Foundation hosted its annual dinner celebration and auction on Wednesday, July 3rd, featuring Jeff Burton, NASCAR on NBC Analyst and former NASCAR driver.  The event was attended by nearly 400 community members, who came out to support SMA and what they do in our community.  With sponsorships totaling $85,000, including the title sponsorship by Brown & Brown Insurance, individual seats and donations, and a live auction bringing in $15,700, this annual fundraising event raised a net of over $100,000 for the Chet Bell Crisis Center (CBCC). 

In addition to the funds for the CBCC, the event raised nearly $17,000 for the new Larry and Joan Kelly Scholarship Fund.

“The CBCC serves individuals in need of safety, comfort and care when they are experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency. These are our neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members” states Carl Lentz, IV, the SMA Healthcare Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, “The Foundation is proud to be able to assist in renovations that will help create an environment where SMA can care for these individuals in the best way possible.” 

Built in the 1990’s, the CBCC is in dire need of improvements to overcome the institutional, cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. The funds raised will go toward renovations that will transform the site into a modern healthcare facility.

“Despite serving thousands of individuals at SMA last year, they had to turn away over 1,200 people from the CBCC” shared Jennifer Secor, CFRE, Executive Director of the SMA Healthcare Foundation. “Thanks to the support of our donors and supporters, the facility will also be able to increase the numbers they can serve each year.” 

SMA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LARRY & JOAN KELLY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The SMA Healthcare Foundation (the Foundation) honored Larry Kelly at its annual dinner celebration and auction on July 3rd, with the presentation of the Benny Parsons Award, followed by the surprise announcement of the establishment of the Larry and Joan Kelly Scholarship Fund. 

The Benny Parsons Award was presented in appreciation for Mr. Kelly’s remarkable commitment to SMA Healthcare, the SMA Healthcare Foundation, and our community. Mr. Kelly served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 1999, and after 55 years of service to the community, recently resigned to “turn some things over to the next generation”. 

“Presentation of the Penny Parsons Award, after all the years of service and significant contributions to SMA, just didn’t seem like enough” states Carl Lentz, IV, the SMA Healthcare Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, “we knew we had to do more to say thank you, to honor both Larry and his late wife Joan.”

The Larry and Joan Kelly Scholarship Fund will be used to provide a minimum of $1,500 annually to a student either already enrolled or enrolling in nursing courses with a focus on behavioral health. A lead gift of $10,000 was received from the Perryman Family Foundation to kick off the scholarship, and another $6,900 was raised with the auction of teddy bears at the dinner.  With each bear auctioned, a child of a mother in SMA’s WARM (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers) program will receive a bear of their own, and all funds raised go directly into the fund.    

Mr. Kelly was instrumental in helping with the initial discussions between the Foundation and Michelle and Vince Carter for the capital campaign that built the Vince Carter Sanctuary, which now houses WARM. Mrs. Kelly was a long-time volunteer with the WARM program, where she loved the children and shared with clients many stories of her career as a nurse. 

“Incorporating the auction of teddy bears for the kids at WARM in order to raise funds for a scholarship fund for nursing seemed like a great way to honor Joan” said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the Foundation. “and we are thrilled that the bears were such a great success.”

Larry Kelly receiving Benny Parsons Award from Carl Lentz

Jeff Burton to be Honored at SMA Healthcare Foundation’s Annual Dinner Celebration & Auction

 

The SMA Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce Jeff Burton, NASCAR on NBC Announcer and former NASCAR Driver, as the honoree at their Annual Dinner Celebration & Auction.

The event is presented by title sponsor, Brown & Brown Insurance, and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3 at the DAYTONA 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour for all attendees, followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. Live music will be performed during the social hour by local country artist, Karegan. The theme is “Red, White and Blue Jeans”.

Held every year as part of the summer races at Daytona International Speedway, this fundraising event draws over 400 attendees and is supported by numerous business and individuals in the community. “We are proud of the support of our community and sponsors” states Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the SMA Foundation, “and we want to offer them a great experience when they come out to our events”.

The live auction is one of the most popular activities during the evening. Some of the items being presented for auction on July 3rd are:

• All-Access NASCAR TV Experience at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Weekend for Four (4). This includes 4 hot passes (allowing guests access to Garages and Pit Road), 4 tickets to the XFINITY RACE and CUP RACE, an exclusive tour of the NBC TV Compound and inside the LIVE Race Truck during one of the NBC broadcast events, and exclusive tour of the LIVE TV Broadcast Booth.

• Handmade leather DAYTONA 500 champion jacket, autographed by 2019 DAYTONA 500 winner, Denny Hamlin

• Hot laps on Coke Zero Sugar 400 race day with a celebrity driver (TBA).

Sponsorship opportunities and corporate tables are available, starting at $1,500. Individual seats $200.

For more information about the event, please contact Cyndi Hines, Public Relations and Events Specialist, at 386-254-1136, or email chines@smahealthcare.org.

SMA Healthcare Foundation is a 501C-3 corporation and is eligible for tax-exempted contributions by the US Internal Revenue Service. They accept cash donations, stocks and securities, as well as land and property. They can be found online at http://www.smafoundation.com or reached via telephone at 386-254-1136.

 

SMA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

The SMA Healthcare Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium to be held at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The symposium, titled Transforming Lives Through Hope & Healing, is open to the community, and media is welcome.  Held in May as part of National Mental Health Month activities, the symposium is designed to bring awareness, education, and inspiration.

The opening keynote speaker is Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D. Dr. Tsemberis is presenting “Transforming Systems and Changing Lives”, explaining how a person-centered approach to engagement, treatment and housing has proven effective in turning treatment failures into a success.

The keynote speaker over lunch is Joshua Rivedal, actor and author. Josh will present “Navigating Out of the Ocean of Why – Making Meaning After a Suicide Loss”, a combination of his one-man Broadway style play and a keynote that provides the powerful message that suicide is preventable when we speak out, and the journey or process that helps make meaning after a suicide loss.

Presentations throughout the day will include the following:

  • Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness, presented by Judge Steven Leifman, Administrative Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, overseeing the Miami-Dade Mental Health Court
  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid, presented by SMA’s Salvatore Gintoli and Shawn Proctor
  • Research Updates in Behavioral Health, presented by Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D., University of Florida’s Department of Psychiatry, McKnight Brain Institute
  • The Great Divorce: Faith and Mental Health, presented by Dean Kate Moorehead, St. John’s Cathedral Episcopal Diocese of Florida in Jacksonville

“We are excited to bring such high caliber speakers from around the US and the State of Florida to our community” said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the Foundation. “The symposium was designed to bring mental health awareness and education to our community, and to touch on current and relevant topics.”

The cost to attend is $45 if registered and paid on or before April 12 ($55 after). Students are $25, and NAMI members can attend for free.  The registration fee includes the full day of speakers and presentations, parking at the Ocean Center, lunch and refreshments.  All attendees will also receive a free copy of Josh Rivedal’s The i’Mpossible Project Lemonade Stand: Volume I. For behavioral health professionals, they can also earn up to 5.25 CEU’s.  To register, please visit https://www.whoisjay.org/2018-mental-health-symposium/ and click on the registration link.

Sam Tsemberis is a clinical psychologist who developed the “Housing First” model. He serves as President of the Pathways Housing First Institute and on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Tsemberis also serves as Executive Director of the VA-UCLA Center of Excellence for Training and Research at the Greater Los Angeles VA.   Dr. Tsemberis has published numerous articles and book chapters, and two books: Housing First by Hazelden Publishing, and with Drs. Padgett and Henwood Housing First by Oxford University Press.   He has received wide recognition and media coverage for his work, including the Distinguished Contribution to Independent Practice Award from the American Psychological Association and the Meritorious Service Cross from the Government of Canada.

Josh Rivedal is the creator and founder of Changing Minds: A Mental Health Based Curriculum and The i’Mpossible Project. He is trained in community counseling from the Southern California Counseling Center; human capital management with an emphasis in coaching from NYU; and is also trained in QPR, ASIST, and the teacher’s edition of emotional intelligence at Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. He has spoken about suicide prevention, mental health, diversity, anti-bullying, and storytelling across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. He currently serves on the advisory board of Docz, a startup peer-to-peer mental health app. He wrote and developed the one-man play, Kicking My Blue Genes in The Butt, which has toured extensively throughout the world paired with suicide prevention education. His memoir The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah, based on his one-man play, is on The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s recommended reading list. His second book, The i’Mpossible Project: Volume 1—Reengaging with Life, Creating a New You, debuted #1 in its category on Amazon in January 2016. Three more editions of The i’Mpossible Project have been published including Lemonade Stand: Volume I. He is the co-author of two journal papers, one on the trajectory of the survivor of suicide loss, the other on surviving trauma.

The Who is Jay? mental health awareness campaign started in May 2015 with a few billboards and t-shirts directing individuals to a website with mental health resources. To date the site has over 24,000 visits.  In 2016 there was the addition of a half day mental health symposium held in St. Augustine.  In 2017 the event was moved to the Ocean Center and expanded to include a full day symposium with national speakers.  “The Who is Jay? mental health awareness campaign and symposium continues its annual growth and has become an incredible outreach tool for SMA Healthcare and the SMA Healthcare Foundation” said Carl Lentz, Chairman of the Board for the Foundation. “The Foundation is committed to supporting this wonderful endeavor in hopes to reach all those affected in our area.”

Funding for the event is provided in part by the Jay’s Hope Fund, which is managed by the SMA Healthcare Foundation, registration fees and sponsorships. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Cyndi Hines, Public Relations & Events Specialist at SMA Healthcare Foundation 386-254-1136 or chines@smahealthcare.org.  For more details about the event, please visit www.SMAFoundation.com or www.whoisjay.org.

If you are interested in supporting SMA Healthcare and the SMA Healthcare Foundation, please contact Jennifer Secor, CFRE, Executive Director, at 386-254-1139 or jsecor@smahealthcare.org.