AUGUSTA — Richard E. Chammings, of Standish, has been named director of crisis services at Crisis & Counseling Centers, which has its headquarters in Augusta.

Chammings, a licensed clinical social worker, previously was manager, team leader and adult outpatient clinician at Tri-County Mental Health Services and clinical director at ESM, Inc.

He has more than 25 years’ experience working with inpatient, outpatient, residential and crisis mental health services.

“We are very excited to have someone of Richard’s experience onboard directing our crisis services,” said Lynn Duby, chief executive officer of Crisis & Counseling Centers, in a news release about the appointment. “He is an exceptional candidate and shares our client-focused philosophy.”

The crisis director’s post has been vacant for four months. Chammings holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maine at Orono and a master’s degree in social work from the University of New England.

Crisis & Counseling Centers is a private, nonprofit agency that does comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment. The agency has clinical programs in eight locations in Kennebec and Somerset counties, including a 24-hour mobile crisis response team.

More information on the agency is available at

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