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AMHC announces Ferris as chief operations officer

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Ellen Bemis, CEO, Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc. has announced the appointment of Michelle Ferris, LCSW to chief operations officer, “Michelle’s experience in direct service, administration, and as a member of the senior leadership team, combined with her 15 years of service to AMHC makes her well suited for the role.”

 As COO, Ferris will oversee AMHC’s day to day operations across all services and sites in partnership with the senior leadership team. She replaces Jennette Hitchcock, LCSW, who will retire as chief operations officer in late February.

Ferris joined AMHC in 2006 and assumed increasing roles of responsibility primarily in emergency services. She joined the senior leadership team in 2019 as the program director of emergency services in Aroostook, Washington and Hancock counties. Ferris is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work in the City of New York.

 Celebrating more than 57 years, AMHC is a nonprofit organization supporting nearly 5,500 clients annually. The agency has 26 service sites and 325 employees located across Aroostook, Washington, and Hancock counties providing mental health, substance use, crisis, and sexual assault services. For more information, connect with AMHC at

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