Through the combined efforts of numerous Illinois State University faculty and staff, the clinic became a reality in the fall semester of 2012. Several nationwide newspapers published articles following the opening of the clinic. Links to some of these publications are below.
While the SMART Clinic opened with the first day of classes in the fall semester, the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 29, 2012. Almost 100 people attended the ceremony and had an opportunity to see therapy in action during the reception following in the clinic.