Behavioral Health

Your emotional health is a critical component of your overall well-being. At Adams Behavioral Health, our mental health specialists understand that caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. We offer outpatient treatment and medication management personalized for your needs.

Behavioral Health

Finding the right help in a time of need can be difficult and confusing. Adams Medical Group Behavioral Health aims to make that search comfortable and easy by offering a comprehensive range of services as part of a coordinated health program. All our behavioral health team’s services follow the patient privacy policies of Adams Memorial Hospital. We developed our services with your privacy in mind and provide professional care with respect to your needs and feelings.

Our behavioral health services are accredited by HFAP and licensed by Indiana’s Division of Mental Health. Our behavioral health department is Medicare/Medicaid-certified and a preferred provider for many managed care and other insurance plans.

To schedule an appointment, call 260-728-3906.

About Our Programming

Adams Medical Group Behavioral Health offers a range of mental health and addiction services to the community, including individual, family and couples therapy for individuals ages five and older. Our team consists of licensed providers with graduate degrees, a case manager, administrative staff, psychiatric nurse practitioners and a registered nurse. We offer therapy by licensed therapists, crisis intervention, referral information and medication services.

Behavioral health works with individuals to address their specific needs. A few benefits of engaging in services include enhancing an individual’s ability to cope with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, life changes, stress and illness. Individuals can also improve their ability to make productive life choices. Individuals work with their providers to choose the frequency of appointments and ensure a treatment plan that meets their needs. Convenient hours allow freedom and flexibility to meet difficult schedules. Therapy sessions are approximately 45 minutes in length.

We work closely and provide treatment within different programs in the community such as school systems and criminal justice settings. We are also involved in ancillary services that impact mental health, such as the Diabetes Support Group and Education Team as well as the Alzheimer’s support group. At challenging times, we’ve led grief support groups for the community. We are passionate about helping our community and look for opportunities to make a difference.

Treatments We Provide

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of behavioral treatment. It helps people problem solve. CBT also reveals the relationship between beliefs, thoughts and feelings and the behaviors that follow. Through CBT, people learn that their perceptions directly influence how they respond to specific situations. In other words, a person’s thought process informs their behaviors and actions.

Play therapy can help individuals communicate, explore repressed thoughts and emotions, address unresolved trauma and experience personal growth. Play therapy is widely viewed as an important, effective, and developmentally appropriate mental health treatment.

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment model designed to assist children, adolescents and their families with overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic experience.

Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) is a short-term, gentle, respectful, holistic and compassionate treatment that works without subjecting individuals to needless pain and possible re-traumatization; because of this, sessions don’t tend to be as emotionally draining. RRT can be applied to treat a wide range of struggles. RRT is a trauma-informed approach that targets the limbic brain, where emotional responses are activated. Unlike traditional cognitive therapy, which only targets the cognitive functioning of the brain, RRT instead addresses the emotional brain and limbic system. Individuals can reprocess and reorganize traumatic events or overwhelming interfering emotions without having to fully relive the experience. RRT uses concepts from evidence-based treatment. Though not traditional therapy, RRT is effective for many individuals.

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

Referral and Linkage

Adams Medical Group Behavioral Health offers free confidential assessments during regular business hours. If you or a loved one could benefit from our services, please call 260-728-3906. Adams Medical Group 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 you reclaim your life.

Contact Information & Business Hours

Adams Medical Group Behavioral Health
1300 Mercer Avenue
Decatur, IN 46733

Telephone number: 260-728-3906

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Friday

Meet The Team

Thank you for choosing Adams Medical Group Behavioral Health. We employ some of the best counselors and therapists in our service area. We will do our best to match you with a counselor whose expertise is tailored to your specific needs.

The treatment team has years of experience working with depression, grief and loss, anxiety, fearfulness, stress, trauma, anger management, substance abuse, attention-deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD), relationship struggles, family disruptions, mood disorders, eating disorders, child and adolescent issues, school difficulties and parenting troubles.

Steven Schneider, M.D.

Steven Schneider, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Schneider oversees the medical/psychiatric aspects of Adams Medical Group Behavioral Health. He helps patients understand how their physical health impacts their mental health, and vice versa.

Baldemar Silva

Baldemar Silva, LCSW, CADAC V

Manager/Therapist

Baldemar Silva is the manager and a therapist of Adams Medical Group Behavioral Health. He is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified alcohol drug consultant. Baldemar has worked with Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health since 2005, starting on the inpatient unit and moving to outpatient treatment, including intensive outpatient services. He oversees the daily functions and ongoing treatments related to Behavioral Health programming and sees clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, communication, relationship building and various other areas of behavioral health. Baldemar obtained his bachelor’s degree in human services at IPFW in 2009 and earned his master’s in social work in 2014 at IUPUI. Baldemar has worked with all ages, from children to geriatrics. He believes there are solutions to every problem we face in life, though sometimes we need support to discover those solutions. He also understands the importance of having a choice and helps clients recognize they have options to help improve their daily lives.

Kristine Murphy

Kristine Murphy, Registered Nurse

Behavioral Health Nursing Coordinator

Kristine Murphy has been working in behavioral health for three years. Kris graduated in 1993 from Purdue University with an associate degree in nursing and has been a registered nurse since. She was recently promoted to a new position as a behavioral health nursing coordinator. Kris is a strong patient advocate and will often go above and beyond to help meet the needs of our patients. Kris has an extensive background in geriatrics but enjoys helping patients of all ages.

Sarah Cearns

Sarah Cearns, LCSW

Therapist

Sarah Cearns received her bachelor’s degree in human services from IPFW before earning her master’s degree from Indiana University School of Social Work with a mental health and addictions concentration. She began her career in community mental health by providing services to children, adults, families, schools, probation departments and other community organizations. She then became involved with program development and in 2015, accepted the position of program coordinator and senior facilitator for Peaceful Solutions, a nonviolence program for men in Adams County. Sarah has been recognized by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the Outstanding Batterers’ Intervention Provider of 2016. Sarah began her journey at Adams Memorial as a master’s level social work intern on the inpatient unit and, after obtaining her license, she transitioned to inpatient unit social worker. Currently, she mainly works with individuals in an outpatient setting and provides therapeutic services to incarcerated individuals at the Adams County Detention Center. Recently, Sarah was trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy. She sees patients dealing with depression, anxiety, family conflict, intimate relationship problems, addiction struggles, anger management, shame, parenting, grief/loss as well as power and control issues. Sarah uses a variety of different approaches to meet the needs of each person. 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 people grow and find beauty in the simple aspects of life despite the hurdles and challenges that many encounter along the way.

Emily Porter

Emily Porter, RN, MS, LMHC

Therapist

Emily Porter earned a master’s degree from the University of Saint Francis in school counseling and mental health counseling. Her undergraduate work was completed through IPFW, where she graduated with an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is a trained trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist, or TF-CBT. Currently, Emily provides mental health therapy to children, adolescents and adults in the North Adams Community Schools and to all ages through Adams Counseling Connections. Her blend of work experience has given her a unique perspective on health care and learning. She treats patients struggling with ADHD, anxiety, regulation of emotions, 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

Leah Keller, MSW, LCSW

Therapist

Leah Keller received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana State University and completed her Master of Social Work from Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis. Leah joined Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health in 2012, working in the inpatient unit as the unit therapist, and now works as a licensed clinical social worker in our outpatient office. Leah has experience in a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety and grief/loss and helps patients of all ages deal with relationship, communications and self-esteem difficulties 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

Carrie Binegar, MA, LMHC

Therapist

After graduating from Ball State University with a master’s in counseling psychology, Carrie Binegar joined Adams Memorial Hospital in 2003 as a licensed mental health counselor. Carrie currently works as an outpatient therapist. She is passionate about helping women of all ages work through struggles involving self-confidence, relationship issues, body image and eating disorders. Carrie has spent much time in the local school system working with adolescents who have family life challenges and difficulty adjusting to change, managing stress or general mental health needs. Carrie also works with some clients through their trials and struggles of their faith journey. In 2018, Carrie began co-facilitating a support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. She takes a strengths-based approach with all her clients, working to emphasize their assets and offering support and education focused on best clinical practices, including solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy. Other areas of experience include helping clients with grief/loss, trauma, depression and anxiety.

Chelsi Line

Chelsi Line, MSW, LSW

Therapist

Chelsi Line received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with concentration on applied behavioral analysis from Kaplan University. She obtained her Master of Social Work through Indiana Wesleyan University. She began her career in community mental health, providing services to children, adults and families. Chelsi began her journey at Adams Memorial as a master’s level intern on the inpatient unit before becoming case manager of outpatient behavioral health. Chelsi provides individual and family counseling on issues including depression, anxiety, family conflict, intimate relationship problems, grief/loss, substance use disorders and parenting struggles. She also works with individuals who are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, utilizing her expertise in applied behavior analysis therapy. Chelsi provides therapeutic services off-site for incarcerated individuals at the Adams County Detention Center and for students in the North Adams Community Schools district. She is excited to help others find the change that will lead them to strength, hope and happiness in their lives.

John Huddlestone

John Huddlestone, LCSW, LMFT

Therapist

John Huddlestone received his bachelor’s degree in religious education from Trinity College of Florida and received his master’s degree from University of Saint Francis in psychology. He has over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field and 15 years of experience in pastoral ministry. This blend of education and career experiences helps him provide a holistic approach to treatment, treating the mind, body, psyche and spirit and treat people without judgment. John works with adolescents, adults and seniors, many of whom have depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief and loss, stress, marriage and parenting issues. His primary therapeutic orientation is cognitive behavioral therapy; however, he may employ a multidisciplinary approach in treatment. John is a certified marriage coach and marriage mentor.

Allison Stucky

Allison Stucky, BSW

Outpatient Case Manager

Allison Stucky graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Alli worked as a child and adolescent case manager for a year before joining Adams Memorial Hospital in 2018. As a case manager, Alli provides assessments for patients. Alli finds joy in helping and advocating for others.

Brittany Taritas

Brittany Taritas

Case Manager Assistant

Brittany Taritas graduated from Bellmont High School in 2011. She became a certified nursing assistant in 2015, when she started working at Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health. Brittany started as a psychiatric technician, where she worked with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use disorders and high-risk behaviors. She also has worked for Bi-County Services, where she gained experience working with individuals who have intellectual disabilities and autism. Brittany is dedicated to helping others with behavioral health needs.

Melissa Pogue

Melissa Pogue

Front Desk Registration

Melissa Pogue has been working with Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health for over 16 years. As one of the first faces patients see, Melissa’s job is to put clients and families at ease. Melissa offers excellent customer service to everyone she encounters, both over the phone and face to face. She is always ready to celebrate with our clients as they rise through their trials and reach their potential.

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