Flagler Access Center, which will provide Flagler County with much needed mental health services, will have its ribbon cutting on Jan. 11.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Flagler Access Center, which county officials say will provide much needed mental health services to Flagler County residents, is slated for 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, according to a county press release.

The center — located at 103 E. Moody Blvd. in Bunnell and opening with county partners SMA Healthcare and Flagler Health+ — will provide an open door for education, screening and connection to behavioral health services in the area, according to the county.

“We are thrilled to be a partner in this initiative that will provide a connection for behavioral health-care services for the citizens of Flagler County,” said SMA Healthcare CEO Ivan Cosimi in the press release. “We have been looking for ways to expand our scope of services in the county, and we are confident this partnership will allow us to do just that.”

In June, Flagler County officials received $245,000 from the state to create a mental health access point in the county, which was its top legislative priority for the session. The Board of County Commissioners then bolstered the funding by $300,000 with money made available by the federal government through the American Rescue Plan.

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