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Friday, June 11, 2021

The Centers in Marion County preparing to merge with SMA Healthcare

The Centers in Marion County is preparing to merge with SMA Healthcare.

The boards of directors of both groups took a vote and agreed to merge effective July 1. The combined company will operate under the name of SMA Healthcare.

The Centers is a behavioral health agency based in Marion County, while SMA Healthcare is the leading behavioral health agency in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

“We are thrilled to expand our continuum of services into Marion and Citrus County,” said SMA Healthcare CEO Ivan Cosimi. “We know this merger will afford us the opportunity to meet the behavioral health needs of those individuals in our areas of operation.”

SMA entered into a strategic consulting agreement with The Centers in August, offering consultant and operational support to the Ocala-based organization. The two organizations then entered a period of due diligence, collaboration and exploration in December, with the goal of an agreed merger. The agreement will expand access and improve behavioral health services for people in Central Florida.