Community Outreach & Education

Family Education Program

Our Family Education Program (FEP), utilizing the evidence based Family Unit Matrix model, provides 12 educational sessions for family members.  The family education program describes how addiction impacts the entire family and offers assistance.  The goal is to provide information and guidance to families struggling to cope with the family impact of addictive disease.

SMA is one of the community partners that make Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) possible, along with NAMI of Volusia/Flagler County and the Volusia and Flagler County Sheriffs’ Departments.  The CIT program is a community effort designed to improve the skills of law enforcement to mental health emergencies with goals of assuring safety, understanding, and service to the mentally ill and their families.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual. It introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

Stewart-Marchman-Act Speakers Bureau

SMA’s Speakers Bureau offers presentations in the community on topics ranging from SMA services as a whole, specific programming, and/or behavioral health issues. Speakers are free and available for local special events and radio appearances upon request.
The Stewart-Marchman-Act (SMA) Speakers Bureau was established to help educate the community about behavioral health (mental health and addiction/substance abuse), as well as to share what services we provide to the community and how to access those services. The Speakers Bureau is composed of SMA professionals who represent the organization at civic, professional, educational and other community events.

The Speakers Bureau is a free service to our community, however some travel expenses may be involved for presentations outside our 4-county service area.

“It is in our best interest to keep our most valuable customer, our community, informed and excited about what we do”. It’s vital for the community to understand how we can help individuals and their families.”
Chet Bell, CEO

SMA will work with you to identify the topic and speaker that best fits the needs of your audience.

Recommended/Available topics include the following:

· SMA Services
· Mental Health and the Baker Act
· Substance Abuse and the Marchman Act
· Substance Abuse Prevention
· Ways to Help: Advocacy & Support
· The SMA Foundation

Please note that SMA will do its best to support any requests but due to speaker schedules we cannot guarantee all requests will be filled.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is there a fee associated with using the SMA Speakers Bureau? No. Speakers made available through SMA do this as part of their official duties. Employees do not receive an honorarium (or other fee).

How far in advance should I request a speaker? You should submit your request 4-6 weeks in advance. Because our speakers have full-time jobs, they must have adequate advance time to work out their schedule. This also allows us to prepare for any special requests pertaining to the topic to be presented.

Who pays for the speaker’s travel expenses? If you request a speaker outside of our four-county service area (Volusia, Flagler, Putnam & St. Johns Counties), you or your organization would be responsible for travel expenses incurred (i.e. mileage).

How do I schedule/request a speaker? There are two ways:
1.Contact Claire Brubaker at (386) 236-3251
3.Email cbrubaker@smabehavioral.org.