Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson Counties
Behavioral Health Specialists
Amarleen Singh, LCSW
Hi, I’m Amar and I have been in the Social Work field since 2020. I completed my bachelor’s in Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I received my master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 2020 and have acquired my LCSW credentials.
I’ve had many different experiences in my 2.5 years in the field. Previously, I’ve worked as a Medical Social Worker at St Charles in Bend, OR from February 2022 to December 2022, at Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland, OR from April 2021 to February 2022 and at Children’s and Families of Iowa from July 2020 to April 2021.
During my time at St Charles, I worked with the elderly population in inpatient rehab. I connected patients and family members to many resources in the area such as Meals on Wheels, Central Oregon Veteran’s Outreach for mobility and bathroom equipment, Aging and People with Disability, Medicare/Medicaid, and VA Services.
During my time at Unity Center for Behavioral Health, I assisted adults on the inpatient psychiatric unit. I was tasked with finding facilities the patients could be transferred to, finding psychiatric and medical resources in the Portland area, connecting patients to their intensive care coordinators who could assist them further in the community, and referring patients to inpatient/outpatient substance use rehab.
During my time at Children’s and Families of Iowa, I gained experience in community mental health as a Behavioral Health Clinician. I assisted children with processing complex trauma, stress, and anxieties through play therapy and I assisted adults with processing trauma, depression, and anxieties by utilizing therapy modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Approach.
Currently, I live in Bend, OR with my significant other. During my free time I enjoy reading, indoor rock climbing, and going on long scenic hikes.
Carin Harris, MCJ
My name is Carin (pronounced like Karen), and I have been in the MH/BH and related fields for over 20 years. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Criminal Justice degrees at Washburn University of Topeka in Topeka, Kansas.
I began my career working as an Intensive Case Manager with Heart of Texas Mental Health Mental Retardation (HOTMHMR) in 2001. While there, I provided direct services and coordinated external services for a predominantly aging, SPMI population.
For about 4 years, I worked as a Child Abuse Investigator and Juvenile Probation Officer for the States of Texas and Tennessee. I evaluated children’s families/environment and interviewed alleged perpetrators, to determine risk for the children and developed safety plans when necessary. I assisted delinquent youth offenders to complete sentence requirements, developed permanency plans, and coordinated for mental health service needs.
In 2007, I began working with Klamath County Mental Health. My first position was that of a CSS Case Manager providing direct care for the SPMI population. Later, I received my MCJ degree, qualified as a QMHP, and became the Quality Improvement Manager. I managed the Quality Improvement and Medical Records departments, supervised the adult abuse investigators, and administered the EHR software. I developed and implemented a QI and Compliance program for all treatment services during an unexpected organizational change. I provided education, training and consultation to staff on many aspects, such as EHR software, OAR/ORS, HIPAA, documentation & billing requirements, and others.
When Klamath County closed the doors to KCMH in 2013, I began working with Klamath-Lake Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services (CARES) through SkyLakes Medical Center. There, I conducted forensic interviews of children and adolescents alleged to be victims of abuse – with live community partner observation and concurrent audio/visual recording. Such interviewing decreased the number of times children needed to repeat what they had experienced. While this work was predominantly with children and teens, occasionally I also interviewed persons receiving I/DD services.
In 2015, I started with Klamath Basin Behavior Health (KBBH) in their Quality Improvement program, becoming a manager and EHR Administrator. I helped shape rapid organizational change in order to improve care and meet CCBHC requirements. In a short 5 months, we implemented vast service delivery model changes and were allowed to participate as a CCBHC. While in that position, I again managed the Quality Improvement and Medical Records staff, supervised the adult abuse investigators, conducted HIPAA investigations, received/addressed grievances, and administered the EHR software. I continued to provide education and consultation to staff as in my previous work with Klamath County.
In 2018, I began working for Credible, Inc. (now Qualifacts) which offers a behavioral-health-specific electronic health record software. Initially as Partner Support, I later managed a platform specific team. While there, I developed an auditing tool to assist agencies to best utilize the software and improve their service delivery for their MH/BH clients.
Crook, Deschutes, & Jefferson Counties Profile
Crook County has the highest percentage of adults ages 65+ compared to the other two counties and Oregon overall.
- Jefferson County has a lower percentage of severe housing problems compared to Deschutes, Crook, and Oregon overall.
- Deschutes County has a higher percentage of primary care physicians compared to Crook, Jefferson, and Oregon overall.
- All three counties have a lower percentage of mental health providers compared to Oregon overall.
Medicare Fact Sheets
- Total Medicare Beneficiaries: 57,914
- Medicare Traditional / Fee-for-Service: 41,127
- Medicare Advantage (MA): 16,787