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A&C Supports 115 Central Indiana Schools

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Over the past 5-7 years, school districts and Community Mental Health Centers have worked very closely to better serve the behavioral health and social needs of the families and students in our community.  In recent years, evidence has demonstrated the remarkable impact early identification and intervention can have upon lifelong illnesses like mental illness.  Adult and Child Center has been very proactive in working with communities and schools to increase access to services in their communities and school based partnerships are a great example of A&C’s willingness to innovate.

Currently, Adult and Child Center has clinical staff (Therapists and Skills Development Specialists) embedded in 115 Central Indiana Schools.  These staff are working with youth and families who demonstrate “at-risk” behaviors, struggle with emotional challenges which interfere with their ability to learn, or are otherwise identified as someone who might benefit from additional support.  A&C staff work with teachers, school counselors, primary care physicians, and family support networks to teach families appropriate parenting, communication, and behavior management techniques.

These services have made remarkable impact on the students and families they support.

  • 96% of surveyed school staff believe A&C services have a positive impact on the school environment
  • 91% of school staff would recommend A&C services to another school
  • 85% of parents report learning how to work with the school on meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of their child
  • 90% of parents report learning how to meet any behavioral or emotional needs of their child that might limit his or her ability to succeed in school
  • 89% of parents report feeling better equipped to handle emotional / behavioral needs of their child.
  • 87% of parents report seeing positive behavioral changes in their children since working with Adult and Child Center
  • 95% of parents report they would recommend Adult and Child Center services to another family.

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Sarah Miller, PMHNP-BC

Sarah Miller works with the addictions team, general psychiatry for adolescents and adults, and the competency restoration team. She is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her specialties are working in addictions and with people who experience serious mental illness.

Miller graduated from Indiana University with a psychology degree and went back to school for nursing. She received her nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and worked in a nursing home and also spent time working in a group home with adolescents. She received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

She enjoys hanging out with her family and her two dogs, and going to sporting events.

Joanna Chambers, MD

Dr. Joanna Chambers is a psychiatrist who began seeing Adult & Child Health patients in November 2021. She graduated from Medical College of Georgia with her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience, she currently serves as an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine where she teaches Clinical Psychiatry. She is certified in Addiction Medicine and has a special interest in treating pregnant and postpartum women. She is President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Organization as well as a sitting member of many medical association boards. Recently, she has won the Residents’ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020 from Indiana University and has received “Best Doctors Award” in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Dr. Chambers is incredibly active in the medical, academic, and research realms of medicine. She is currently accepting new patients on Wednesdays.