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Story last updated at 3:15 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cherish Bee McCallum named to Center's emergency team

Cherish Bee McCallum has been hired as emergency services clinician at The Center, South Peninsula Behavioral Health Inc.

McCallum joins The Center's eight-member, 24-hour emergency services team in responding to individuals who experience a mental or emotional crisis.

McCallum provides on-call emergency services during the times The Center is closed, that is, evenings, weekends and holidays.

She alternates her on-call schedule with long-time emergency services clinician, Cecilia Myer, to provide assessment and intervention services to people who call or walk into South Peninsula Hospital or the police station in crisis when The Center is closed.

"Ms. McCallum brings a wealth of experience in mental health assessment and treatment working with adults, children and families. As a Homer resident, she knows our south peninsula communities and people.

"And, she has navigated the medical, judicial and public safety systems through which the emergency team operates to help people in crisis," said Dr. Dave Branding, CEO for The Center, in a press release.

McCallum comes to The Center with a master of science degree in social work and certification in music therapy. Her many years of clinical social work experience include psychiatric inpatient services and evaluation and treatment for active duty and reserve soldiers.

She has extensive experience in testing, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, including serving as an early childhood specialist and an expert witness for the state of Texas providing research and testimony on child victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse.

In Alaska, McCallum has had a private counseling and music therapy practice and worked for Fairbanks Community Mental Health providing evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents, and support services to their families and foster parents.

McCallum brings a unique combination of experience and training to The Center's team of seasoned professionals. Individuals who experience a mental or emotional crisis are urged to contact The Center's 24-hour emergency services team in any one of the following ways: walk-in or call The Center (235-7701) during normal weekday business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., walk into or call South Peninsula Hospital (235-0247), or call 911 or walk into the Homer Police Department.

A masters-level mental health clinician is always available to help.

For more information, contact Kathryn Carssow, adult and emergency services program director, at 235-9243.

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services Inc., The Center, provides clinic and rehabilitation treatment and support services to individuals and their families who experience mental, emotional, addiction or any combination of these disorders and to those who experience cognitive and developmental disabilities.