September 07 2011The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Division recently hired Janice L. Hamrick, LCSW, BHP, to supervise the Community Family Services program that provides behavioral health services in nine communities and to see clients as a clinician. “I had the chance to work with Janice on the Alaska State Behavioral Health Academic Review Committee over the past three years, and it has been a shared observation that she is a proven performer who is dedicated to the success of the organization and welfare of her fellow workers,” said Melody Price-Yonts, SEARHC Behavioral Health Division Director. “I look forward to working with her.” Hamrick holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a social work emphasis, both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Hamrick is certified in Alaska as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and as a Behavioral Health Practitioner (BHP). Hamrick most recently spent five years as Director of Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic and Village Services with the Bethel-based Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. (YKHC), where she has extensive behavioral health contacts throughout rural Alaska. At YKHC, Hamrick supervised the outpatient mental health clinic in Bethel and provided services for 46 villages, including emergency services, the Family Spirit Project and the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program. She is the chair of the Alaska State Behavioral Health Academic Review Committee and serves as co-chair of the Behavioral Health Aide Manual Committee that is developing a manual the recently adopted state criteria for the Behavioral Health Aide/Practitioner program. Before moving to Bethel, Hamrick led several behavioral health programs in Arkansas and Mississippi, from group homes for children and developmentally disabled adults to substance abuse treatment programs. While in Mississippi, a boys group home was named “Hamrick House” in honor of her work there, she was recognized as a Delta Point of Pride for her work with developmentally disabled adults, and in 1997 her peers named her outstanding clinician. She also did contract work as a play therapist in a women’s and children’s residential treatment program, along with developing curriculum for a day treatment for a community mental health center. Hamrick will be based in Sitka where she will supervise SEARHC’s Community Family Services program, which provides behavioral health care services in nine communities — Angoon, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, Klawock, Klukwan and Petersburg. The program has behavioral health clinicians and/or community family service workers (CFSWs) based in each community, and these workers can coordinate advanced behavioral health care services through telebehavioral health videoconferencing with psychiatrists, psychologists and other clinicians. “I am very excited to be at SEARHC and I look forward to working with a great group of Community Family Service employees. I am enjoying the beauty of the area,” Hamrick said. Hamrick’s special interests are learning about the culture of areas and empowering front-line workers in remote locations with few resources to feel confident in the services they provide. She also has an interest in family recovery vs. providing treatment for individuals. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and just walking.