Niles Community Health Center Expands Behavioral Health Team

Bette Spearritt, LMSW, CAADC, CCS

Saundra Mortenson, LMSW

Cassopolis, MI, May 6, 2020 – As the need for easy access to behavioral health services increases in southwest Michigan, Niles Community Health Center (NCHC) has welcomed two new therapists to its’ team: Bette Spearritt, LMSW, CAADC, CCS and Saundra Mortenson, LMSW.

Spearritt, a southwest Michigan native, received her Master of Social Work Degree from Grand Valley State University, and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor and Clinical Supervisor.  She will be fulfilling the role of Behavioral Health Substance Use Disorder Treatment Manager at NCHC.  “It was a unique opportunity to participate in creating a new program in the area where I feel passionate.  There is an extreme need to treat and support individuals suffering from substance use and addiction.  In the Niles area there are very limited services available to treat these medical conditions. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a much needed service, and I am excited to be a part of the set up and implementation of this new program,” said Spearritt when asked why she decided to join the health center.  The Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program will be available to established Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) patients later this year.    

Mortenson, also a native of southwest Michigan, received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Michigan and has joined the staff as a Behavioral Health Therapist.  “What I most enjoy about my job is the ability to work with patients to provide encouragement and the resources they need to live a healthy and happy life.  It’s especially rewarding to work with individuals who have experienced loss or trauma as they find their way again and discover or rediscover who they truly are,” said Mortenson.  

Niles Community Health Center Behavioral Health (NCHCBH) is located inside the new NCHC at 1951 Oak Street, Niles, MI.    Behavioral Health services are offered Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (269) 665-8800. 

About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides quality affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).