Daytona Beach, FL – SMA Behavioral Healthcare is pleased to announce that Chief Robert Hardwick has been appointed as the Chairman of SMA’s Board Marketing Committee.
Hardwick is Chief of Police for St. Augustine Beach Police Department. “SMA is relatively new to St. Johns County,” said Chet Bell, CEO of SMA. “Our board member, Circuit Judge Matt Foxman reached out to Chief Hardwick, and after some research on SMA, he decided to join our Board of Directors,” Bell added.
“I realize that jail is not the answer for those in need of mental health services,” said Chief Hardwick. “I believe in the work SMA does and want to fully support them,” he added.
Chief Hardwick has a decorated military career and has been in the law enforcement field since 1993. He previously served as the Assistant Chief Investigator with the Office of the State Attorney 7th which encompasses Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties. Chief Hardwick has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Flagler College and a Master of Arts Degree from Barry University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 247.
The St. Augustine Beach Police Department offers behavioral health training to its officers and is adding Crisis Intervention Training to further educate officers on how to respond to situations involving serious mental illness.
SMA’s Board Marketing Committee is responsible for editing the organization’
SMA Behavioral Healthcare has been serving the northeast Florida community with mental health and drug treatment services for over 50 years. They operate 35 mental health and substance abuse programs, providing prevention, diversion, intervention, and treatment services, delivered to a diverse client population in a 4-county region (Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia). SMA’s St. Johns clinic provides outpatient mental health and addictions services to more than 1,000 residents annually.
SMA Behavioral Healthcare’s mission is to deliver exceptional and comprehensive behavioral healthcare to individuals and families in our community. Their vision is of a community where addiction and mental illness are treated promptly, comprehensively and with respect for all. They can be reached 800-539-4228 or online at http://www.smabehavioral.org/