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Tue, November 28, 2023

$4M Grant to expand critical CSRA healthcare services

The four-year grant totaling $4M was awarded to Serenity Behavioral Health Systems (SBHS) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and allows Serenity to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.

The grant funding will help to expand critical behavioral health services through the addition of care coordination, medical screenings, and extended service hours, along with the addition of mobile behavioral healthcare in rural areas of Richmond, Columbia, and McDuffie counties for underserved individuals, youth, and military members.

Chuck Williamson, CEO of Serenity Behavioral Health Systems

“Our mission is to deliver the highest quality care for those that need it the most,” said Chuck Williamson, CEO of Serenity Behavioral Health Systems. “This funding will allow us to dramatically improve access to addiction and behavioral health services across the CSRA region and remove barriers to access by mobilizing direct services.”

Within one year, SBHS aims to be operational as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic to serve more clients with critical behavioral healthcare needs.  Mobile services will focus on providing behavioral health services onsite in rural areas for underserved youth, individuals, veterans, and active-duty service members. Services will be available at designated locations with SBHS providers. Additionally, the expansion of services will also include access to care on evenings and weekends.

“We are grateful that SAMHSA has invested in our mission to expand vital behavioral health services,” said Chuck Williamson, CEO of Serenity Behavioral Health Systems. “This grant will have an enormous positive impact on the CSRA region.”

For more information about the Serenity Behavioral Health Systems, expansion of services, and new regional behavioral health crisis center, visit

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