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