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Finding the right help in a time of need can be difficult and confusing. Behavioral Health at Adams Memorial Hospital aims to make that search comfortable and easy by offering a comprehensive range of services as part of a coordinated health program. These services include, Life Connections Partial Hospitalization, Senior Life Connections, and Outpatient Behavioral Health Services. Each program provides a different level of intensity of care based on individual patient needs. For more information about these services, see below.

Adams Behavioral Health offers free confidential assessments 24 hours a day. If you or a loved one could benefit from our services, please call 260-724-2145 ext. 13400 or toll free at 800-736-4303. Behavioral Health accepts physician referrals, though they are not required. By calling or scheduling a consultation, we can begin to assess your needs and identify the best ways to help reclaim your life.

All services provided by Adams Behavioral Health will continue to follow the Patient Privacy policies of Adams Memorial Hospital. Our Services were developed with your privacy in mind, and professional care will be provided with respect to your feelings and needs.

Adams Behavioral Health is accredited by HFAP and is licensed by the State of Indiana, Department of Mental Health. Adams Behavioral Health is Medicare/Medicaid certified and a preferred provider for many managed care and other insurance plans.

contact information


Adams Partial Life Connections, and Senior Life Connections are located on the 3rd floor of Adams Memorial Hospital at 1100 Mercer Avenue Decatur, IN

260-724-2145 ext. 13400

Adams Outpatient Behavioral Health is located at 815 High Street Decatur, IN

260-728-3906

Life Connections Partial Hospitalization


The Partial Life Connections program is a Partial Hospitalization Program and is available to adults 18 and older who are in need of the structure and stability of a day program, but who retains the ability to return to their home in the evening. The Partial Program provides a structured, supportive environment for individuals who are either transitioning from inpatient stay desiring more time for reintegration or are in need of more intensive care than outpatient therapy. This program primarily benefits those who seek more intensive care but are not in crisis. Our experienced staff works together to provide each individual the care they need in a safe, secure, and supportive environment. The Behavioral Health team of professionals consists of a psychiatrist, Social Workers, therapists, nurses, and mental health technicians.

Treatment plans are formed on an individualized basis. Typical areas of treatment include:

  • Depression/Sadness
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief/loss
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Life changes/adjustments
  • Anger management

Adams Partial Hospitalization Program is located on the 3rd floor of Adams Memorial Hospital at 1100 Mercer Avenue Decatur, IN 46733. Adams Behavioral Health offers free confidential assessments 24 hours a day. If you or a loved one could benefit from our services, please call 260-724-2145 ext. 13400 or toll free at 800-736-4303. By calling or scheduling a consultation, we can begin to assess your needs and identify the best ways to help reclaim your life.

Senior Life Connections


Adams Memorial Hospital's Senior Life Connections program is a recently started program designed specifically for seniors aged 60 and older who are needing a helping hand to get their life back to normal.

AMH Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Bradtmiller noted it is not uncommon for senior citizens to have symptoms such as being depressed, having unresolved grief, being anxious or nervous, fears of isolation or loneliness, anger, low self-esteem, personality changes, and difficulty in coping with physical or health changes. "Senior Life Connections is a helping hand for those who need to get their life back on track. Our trained professionals can offer the proper guidance and attention a person needs for an improved lifestyle as well as overall better health." she said.

All services rendered are completely confidential and include group, individual, and family therapy as well as medication management for the patient. The care given to patients is coordinated with their primary care physician as well so the doctor can continue to work with the patient after the patient is done with the program. Currently, treatment is scheduled from 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bradtmiller said most patients are in treatment between six to twelve weeks and added "our goal is to help patients safely return to the optimal style of living. Senior Life Connections treatment fosters true healing and hope is just around the corner for our patients."

Bradtmiller said problems dealt with in Senior Life Connections are not unique to just senior citizens. "Many problems like depression, anxiety, the loss of a loved one, and declining physical ability are not normal at any age." she stressed. The treatment team for the Senior Life Connection includes a psychiatrist, program director, primary therapist, nurse, and clerk. They all work together to benefit the patient through interdisciplinary treatment planning.

Senior Life Connections is located on the 3rd floor of Adams Memorial Hospital at 1100 Mercer Avenue Decatur, IN 46733. Senior Life Connections is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Adams Senior Life Connections offers free confidential assessments. If you or a loved one could benefit from our services, please call 260-724-2145 ext. 13400. By calling or scheduling a consultation, we can begin to assess your needs and identify the best ways to help reclaim your life.

A Senior Life Connections brochure quotes an anonymous former patient who said "Senior Life Connections has helped me so much in my life where I thought there was no help. They are great people who care, are concerned, are loving, and are always there for you. I have been in therapy before, but never like this."

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services


Adams Outpatient Behavioral Health opened its door in 2004, offering counseling services to residents throughout the northeast Indiana counties of Adams, Jay, Wells, and neighboring Van Wert and Mercer Ohio counties, Adams Outpatient Behavioral Health is located at 815 High Street, Suite C, Decatur, IN. Respecting privacy and offering comfort to our clients is of utmost importance for our team of staff which includes a program director, psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed mental health and addictions counselors and licensed clinical social workers, as well as a professional office management staff.

Convenient Hours

Monday through Wednesday 8:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Closed Friday

260-728-3906

Mission

The goal of Adams Memorial Hospital's counseling offices is to provide professional and confidential services to our clients, helping them to live productive lives in the community. All services provided by Adams Outpatient Behavioral Health will follow the patient privacy policies of the hospital. Professional and personalized care will be given in a private atmosphere that respects your feelings and needs.

Services

Adams Outpatient Behavioral Health offers counseling services for persons of all ages, including children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Treatment options include individual, couples, family, and group therapy, depending on the client's specific needs. The therapy staff has many years of experience working with depression, grief/loss, anxiety, fearfulness, stress, trauma, anger management, substance abuse, attention-deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), relationship issues, eating disorders, child and adolescent issues, school difficulties, and parenting troubles.

Treatment Team


SAMIR ISHAK, MD

Dr. Ishak is Board Certified in Psychiatry, and works with adolescents, adults, and seniors. He graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and completed his residency at Finch University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Ishak is the Psychiatrist for Adams Memorial Hospital's Behavioral Health Department. Dr. Ishak has been with Adams Memorial Hospital for 10 years.
RICK CAIN, PMHNP-BC.

Rick Cain received his post graduate degree with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner designation from IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN with Specialization in psycho-pharmacology, diagnostics and family, adult, child/adolescent therapy. He received his Master's of Science degree in Nursing Education as well as his Master's of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. He received his undergraduate nursing degree from the University of St. Francis as well undergraduate degrees in General studies and Psychology from IPFW. He is a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and passed the board certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Areas of specialty include: diagnostics including psychiatric illness and chemical dependency, psychopharmacological therapies including medication management, review and education, individual therapy, and mentorship, consultation and preceptorship for students and organizations.
BALDEMAR SILVA, MSW, LCSW

Baldemar graduated with his Bachelors of Science from Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN in 2009 with a degree in Human Services with a minor in psychology and sociology. He then continued his education from Indiana Purdue University, Indianapolis and obtained his Master's Degree in Social Work, specializing in Mental Health and Addictions. Baldemar has worked for the hospital since 2005, starting as a psychiatric technician on the inpatient unit, then began doing case manager, substance abuse counseling, and eventually interning as a Master's Level Social Worker/Therapist on the outpatient unit. After obtaining his license in social work he returned to the Inpatient Unit as the Lead Inpatient Social Worker to provide ongoing therapy, case management, and additional services. In November 2016, after obtaining his License in Clinical Social Work, Baldemar began working at the Senior Life Connections Intensive Outpatient Programming working with individuals 60-65 and older providing individual, family, and group counseling. In September 2017, Baldemar accepted the position of Manager of Outpatient Behavioral Health and Inpatient Therapist, overseeing the daily functions and ongoing treatment of the solutions to each problem we face in life and sometimes we need support to help discover that solution. He also understands the importance of having a choice and helping client's recognize they have choices to help improve themselves in the daily functioning.
SARAH CEARNS, MSW, LSW

Sarah received her B.S. Degree in Human Services from IPFW before earning her Master's Degree from Indiana University School of Social Work with a concentration on Mental Health and Addictions. She began her career in community mental health where she provided services to children, adults, families, schools, probation, and other community organizations before becoming the program coordinator for Peaceful Solutions, a nonviolence program for men in Adams County. Sarah has been acknowledged by ICADV (Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence) as the Outstanding Batterer's Intervention Provider of 2016. Sarah began her journey at Adams Memorial as a master's level intern on the inpatient unit before becoming employed as the inpatient unit Social Worker. Sarah also assists with Senior Life Connections and the Diabetes Education program at Adams Memorial. Other areas of experience include depression, anxiety, family conflict, intimate relationship problems, parenting, grief/loss, as well as power and control issues. She offers treatment, education, and referral information to empower individuals to make decisions that are best for them. Sarah is passionate and dedicated to helping groups/individuals grow and find beauty in the simple aspects of life despite the hurdles and dark holes that life throws in the way.
TIM HIRSCHY, LCSW, LCAC, MAC

Tim graduated from Grace College with a B.S. in Counseling in 1990 and then from Indiana University with a MSW in 1994. He has been working at Adams Memorial Hospital since 2005. Tim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). Tim has also been recognized as a professional who has met high national standards for the practice of addictions counseling through the NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors). Tim has worked with a variety of individuals from children, teens, adults, and seniors. He sees individuals with a variety of issues including mental health and substance abuse issues. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, alcohol/drug issues, anger management, and marriage/relationship issues. Tim is interested in seeing individuals, families and relationships grow, change, and find fulfillment and wholeness. Tim is also interested in meeting with individuals that are looking to make minor changes in their lives, individuals that need support as they go through difficult situations or individuals that are looking to make major life changes.
EMILY PORTER, RN, MS, LMHC

Emily earned a Master's Degree from the University of Saint Francis in School Counseling and in Mental Health Counseling. Emily's under-graduate work was completed through Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne campus with an Associate's Degree in Nursing (RN) and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Currently, Emily counsel's children, adolescents, and adults. She works with clients and their families in North Adams Community Schools. Emily provides mental health counseling to all ages in the outpatient office. Her blend of work experience has given her a unique perspective with a depth of knowledge in health care and learning. Emily has experience in helping children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience in treating: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Grief, Learning Disabilities, School Issues, and Self-harming. She encourages clients to process their feelings and choices in life, while empowering them to make changes.
LEAH KELLER, MSW, LCSW

Leah received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology form Indiana State University and completed her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis, IN. Leah joined the Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Department in 2012 working in the inpatient unit as the unit therapist and has now transitioned to working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in our outpatient office. Leah also spends time at the local high school working with adolescents doing individual counseling. Leah has experience in a wide array of issues including: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, relationship issues, communication issues, and self-esteem issues with all ages in both groups and individual sessions. Leah has a desire to help others make changes in their lives and looks forward to helping others explore and make desired changes in their lives.
CARRIE BINEGAR, MA, LMHC

After graduating from Ball State University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, Carrie joined Adams Memorial Hospital in 2003 and works as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Currently, Carrie works as an out-patient levels of care. A passionate area of practice for Carrie is helping women work through struggles with eating disorders, self-esteem, body image, and relationship issues. Carrie has spent time in the local school system working with adolescents who have family life challenges, difficulty adjusting to change, or general mental health or behavioral problems. Carrie also enjoys working with clients through their trials and struggles of their faith journey. She takes a strengths based approach with her clients, works to emphasize their assets, and offers support and education focused on best clinical practices, including Dialectical Behavioral therapy skills, solution focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Other areas of experience include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, and PTSD.

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