AUGUSTA — Crisis & Counseling Centers’ Board of Directors recently elected Michael Keim and Daniel Riley as board members for the Augusta-based behavioral health agency, according to a news release from the agency.

Keim, hiring and training coordinator for Care and Comfort in Bangor, began working in the behavioral health field in 2014. He holds a degree in community health from the University of Maine at Farmington. Keim’s one-on-one work with children with intellectual disabilities will enable him to provide a frontline perspective to the board.

“In my career as a Boy Scout, I continue to help other people at all times, and joining this board aligns with my purpose in life,” Keim said in the release. “I believe ‘he who serves his fellows, is of all his fellows, greatest.’ I intend to bring incredible enthusiasm, collaborative problem solving and valuable insight to my role.”

Riley has spent 18 years working at Skowhegan Area High School, first as a substance abuse counselor and peer helper and now as a guidance counselor. While he was a substance abuse counselor, he also worked as a registered alcohol and drug counselor for the MaineGeneral Medical Center Adolescent Unit on the Seton campus. A Waterville resident, Riley holds a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Maine.

“I believe there is a greater reward and sense of community when people commit to the betterment of team goals over individual goals,” Riley said in the release. “With many years of experience supporting students in crisis, I will do my best to provide insight to the board about the collaboration between the school setting and C&C.”

Keim and Riley will each serve a three-year term, from 2016 to 2019.

“Together, Michael and Dan have significant experience working with children and adolescents facing mental health and addiction needs,” said Board President Kim Lane, Ph.D., in the release “This perspective is vital for the board, particularly as C&C continues to expand its youth and family counseling services.”

Crisis & Counseling Centers serves individuals with behavioral health needs, including substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders. The nonprofit agency is the sole provider of crisis services for Kennebec and Somerset counties and administers 24-hour-a-day crisis services to those in need. The agency also offers G.E.A.R. Parent Network to empower parents and caregivers of children with behavioral health needs statewide and the Maine Mothers Network for pregnant and parenting women using substances.

For more information about C&C, visit crisisandcounseling.org or call 626-3448.

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