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Behavioral Health Outpatient


The Behavioral Health Resource Center (BHRC) of Adams Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 2004, offering counseling services to residents throughout the northeast Indiana counties of Adams, Jay, Wells, and neighboring Van Wert and Mercer Ohio counties.  BHRC operates from two locations, one in Berne and Decatur, in order to provide close-to-home convenience.  Respecting privacy and offering comfort to our clients is of utmost importance for our team of staff which includes a program director, licensed mental health and addictions counselors and licensed clinical social workers, as well as a professional office management staff.



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 BHRC of AMH 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.



BHRC offers counseling services for persons of all ages, including small 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, anxiety, stress, anger management, substance abuse, attention-deficit disorders, relationship issues, trauma, eating disorders, child and adolescent issues, grief, and parenting troubles. 


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Now Offered By Adams Memorial Outpatient Center

Adams Memorial Hospital is excited to announce the new Child and Adolescent Programs that are being offered through the Behavioral Health Resource Center, in Berne, Indiana. The child and adolescent programs were developed in an attempt to meet the needs of the individuals (ages 3-18) who are experiencing emotional, social, or family related issues that interfere with their ability to function at home, school, or in the community.


Our child and adolescent programs address many issues, including the following:

- Childhood Depression
- Anxiety/Fearfulness
- Anger/Violence
- School Difficulties
- Attention Issues (ADD/ADHD)
- Family Related Difficulties
- The Autism Spectrum


If you like more information regarding the child and adolescent programs please call John Gibson at
260-724-2145 x 3404.



Meet the Staff

John Gibson RN, MSN, PhD  Director of Behavioral Health Services of AMH since 2002.
Carrie Binegar, MA, LMHC  therapist with BHRC since 2003
Dee A. Russell, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, LISW therapist with BHRC since 2007
Vicki Gaskill support staff with AMH since 1998
Tim Hirschy MSW, LCSW,LCAC  therapist with BHRC since 2005
Emily Porter RN, MS Ed therapist with BHRC since 2010
Mary Lou Scheumann MSW, LCSW  therapist with BHRC since 2004
Baldemar Silva BA case manager with BHRC since 2005

Karen Barger support staff since 2013



John Gibson RN, MSN, PhD

Dr. John A. Gibson has been working in the Mental Health field for the past 34 years; he is a Master’s Level Degreed Registered, Nurse, he also has his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and his Doctorate is in the area of Human Growth and Development. John has managed and developed inpatient and outpatient programs in Indianapolis, Nevada, California and for the past 13-years has been the Director of Behavioral Services at Adams Memorial Hospital. Areas of interest include psychotherapeutic medications, seniors and patients diagnosed with dementia.


Dee A. Russell, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, LISW

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Michigan State University and working in public service for the State of Indiana, Dee joined the Adams Memorial Behavioral Health Department in 2005 on the inpatient unit as a group therapist intern. In 2007 Dee joined the Adams Memorial Behavioral Health Outpatient team upon graduating from IUPUI with a Masters in Social Work. Dee has a wide variety of experiences providing clinical social work and clinical addictions counseling to all ages with a special interest in co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed care, education, and court-ordered treatment. In addition, Dee is a member of the diabetic education team at Adams Memorial Hospital and has experience in higher education as an adjunct faculty member and a professional speaker. Dee also provides clinical supervision to team members for field placement and clinical licensure. In her spare time, Dee is actively involved in volunteer work and sits on several boards and committees throughout the state of Indiana.


Tim Hirschy, LCSW/LCAC

Tim graduated from Grace College with a B.S. in Counseling and then from Indiana University with a MSW. 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 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, find fulfillment and wholeness. And is 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 R. Porter RN MS MHC

Emily holds 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 Ft. Wayne campus in Elementary Education. She also received education from Purdue University and is a registered nurse. Currently, Emily works with clients in North Adams Community Schools and Behavioral Health Outpatient office. Her well rounded work experience has given her a unique perspective with a depth of knowledge in health care and learning. A passionate area of practice for Emily is working with children, adolescents and their families. Emily’s clinical interest is in all areas of mental health. However, she excels in areas dealing with school issues, parenting, blended families, anxiety, depression, grief, attention deficit, and spectrum disorders. In her spare time Emily is working towards certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.


Baldemar Silva, MSW,LSW

Adams County native, Baldemar received his Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a minor in psychology at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN and completed his Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University School of Social Work in Fort Wayne, In. Baldemar completed internships at Lutheran Social Services, Youth Service Bureau Group home in Bluffton, IN, and Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Resource Center. Baldemar joined the Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Department in 2005 working in the inpatient unit as a mental health technician. Over the years Baldemar has worked his way up working several different positions in both inpatient and outpatient services, including case manager, substance abuse counselor, and now Baldemar has transitioned to the inpatient unit therapist. Baldemar has experience in a wide array of issues including: groups, individual, substance abuse/dependence issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, communication issues, and self-esteem issues with all ages. Baldemar is a licensed social worker and is currently working on obtaining his clinical licensure (LCSW).


Dr. 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.


Leah Zimmerman MSW,LSW

Adams County native, Leah received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Indiana State University and completed her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis, In. Leah completed internships at Vigo County Homes for Children, Lutheran Child and Family Services/Lutherwood, and Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Unit. 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 an outpatient therapist. Leah has experience in a wide array of issues including: substance abuse/dependence issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, communication issues, and self-esteem issues with all ages in both groups and individual sessions. Leah has a pure desire to help others make changes in their lives and looks forward to helping others explore and make desired changes in their lives. Leah is a licensed social worker and is currently working on obtaining her clinical licensure (LCSW). Leah currently offers counseling services at both our Decatur and Berne locations. If you are interested in setting up an appointment with Leah please call us at 260-728-3906.


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 counselor and has facilitated psychotherapy process groups at both the in-patient and 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. 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.




Rick Cain received his post graduate degree with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitionerer 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



Contact Information

The Decatur office is located at in Adams Medical Complex at 1100 Mercer Avenue.  An appointment for Decatur can be made by calling 260-728-3906.

The BHRC office in Berne is located inside the Swiss City Medical Center at 1521 W Main Street. To make an appointment in our Berne office, call 260-589-2442 or 724-2145 ext 3823.



Behavioral Health Resource Center is accredited by HFAP and licensed by the State of Indiana and is covered by many managed care and insurance plans.



Behavioral Health Inpatient

Finding the right help in a time of need can be difficult and confusing. Behavioral Health at Adams
Memorial Hospital has made that search easier by offering a comprehensive range of services as
part of a coordinated health program. The Behavioral Health Center can make getting the help and
support you need easy and comfortable. By calling or scheduling a consultation, we can begin to
assess your needs and identify the best ways to help reclaim your life.


Our programs are flexible. The Behavioral Health Center can structure a program so that you and
your treatment team can select treatment options, determine a course of care and set goals that are
attainable as quickly and as safely as possible.

Behavioral Health Information Sheet


Area Resource Centers

- Behavioral Health Berne
- Behavioral Health Decatur


All services provided by Behavioral Health at AMH will follow the patient privacy policies of the
hospital. Professional care will be given in a private atmosphere that respects your feelings and needs.


Individualized Programs

Depending upon individual needs, treatment recommendations can include:

Inpatient Care Hospitalization is available to adults and senior adults. Treatment is provided in an
intensive structure that provides psychological and medical stabilization to patients who are admitted
with critical symptoms.


Partial Hospitalization

Adults attend intensive therapy during the day and return home each evening. ACMH Behavioral Health sees psychiatric, emotional and addictive problems as treatable medical issues.


Areas of Treatment

- Depression/Sadness
- Stress/Anxiety
- Relationship Issues
- Grief/Loss
- Mood Swings
- Parenting Help
- Adolescent issues
- Childhood Issues
- Drug/Alcohol Issues
- Life Changes/Adustments
- Anger Management


The Staff

AMH Behavioral Health provides a holistic team approach to treatment. The empathic and experienced
staff works together to provide each individual the care they need in a safe, secure and supportive
environment. The AMH behavioral health team of professionals consists of psychiatrists, social
workers, nurses and mental health technicians.


Assessment and Referral

AMH Behavioral Health offers free confidential assessments 24 hours a day. If you or a loved one
could benefit from our services, please call 260.724.4303 or toll free at 800.736.4303. Behavioral
Health accepts physician referrals and will send a member of our trained staff to your physician’s
office for a consultation for your privacy and convenience. Home consultations are also available.



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


Educational Programs

For more information about the Behavioral Health programs or to schedule a program of interest,
please contact Dr. John Gibson @ 724-2145 ext. 3404. Dr. Gibson’s programs are provided FREE
OF CHARGE to the organization and those who attend.


(260)724-2145 x3400 or 1-800-736-4303