Clinical Director of Brief Intervention Services, Behavioral Services Division, Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care, Anchorage, Alaska
Melissa K. Merrick is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical director for Southcentral Foundation (SCF). Melissa joined SCF in 2007. She plays a key role in overseeing quality and clinical improvement for the Behavioral Services Division. She coordinates quality assurance activities and program development, and provides clinical oversight for the behavioral health integration program. She directs clinical activities for behavioral health consultants who provide services in four clinics across multiple disciplines. She has been instrumental in designing and implementing new programs in the clinics, such as the Suboxone program in primary care, chronic pain management and opiate prescribing, and expanding co-located psychiatry in the primary care clinics. She is a recipient of the 2011 SCF Living our Values Award and the 2010 Honoring our Successes Award.
She holds a master’s degree in social work from New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received a bachelor’s degree in human development (sociology minor) from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. She holds certification as a behavioral health consultant from the University of Massachusetts, with additional certification and training in Level 1 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and chemical dependency counseling. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.
Melissa presents nationally on behavioral health integration within the Nuka System of Care, chronic pain and addiction, behavioral health integration in primary care, tools for reducing burnout and promoting health behavior change, and other topics.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, she resides in Anchorage with her husband Brett, and enjoys spending time in the great Alaskan outdoors.