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Behavioral Health

The Sault Tribe Behavioral Health Program offers a variety of culturally sensitive outpatient services for the following populations: all Native Americans, any non-Native person pregnant with a Native child, spouses and adopted children of Sault Tribe members, Sault Tribe employees and their immediate dependents, and Medicaid recipients are eligible for the following services (unless otherwise indicated):

  • Intake and Assessment
  • Individual, Couples, Family and Group Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Follow-up Care (adult Sault Tribe members only)
  • Crisis Intervention/Urgent Care (anyone)
  • Integrated Care, Recovery Support, Referral Support, and Case Management
  • An array of Therapeutic Interventions (e.g. play therapy, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, etc.)
  • Outpatient Services for Substance Use Disorders 
  • Compulsive Gambling Counseling
  • Auricular Acupuncture (Sault Ste. Marie & Manistique sites only)
  • Driver s License Review Assessments
  • Prevention, Education, and Consultation
  • Continuing Care Counseling
  • Alcohol/Drug Education and Awareness
  • Employee Assistance Program Counseling
  • Home-Based Parenting Education (Sault Tribe members only)

Behavioral Health Services are available to Sault Tribe members, their spouses and adopted children, tribal employees, members of other tribes, and Medicaid patients. Psychological testing is available for five-year olds through elderly patients. Tele-psychiatric services are available for Sault Tribe members only who are adults (18+). Home-based parenting education services are available for those pregnant with a Sault Tribe baby and Sault Tribe parents with children up to age five. Urgent care services are available during regular clinic hours for anyone.

Better outcomes are typically experienced when problems are dealt with early on. When someone experiences any of the following it is appropriate to request our services:

  • An unanticipated crisis (e.g., death of a loved one, removal of a child, separation/divorce, sexual assault, etc.)
  • A substance use, emotional, behavioral, or psychological problem that has not been well managed with one s own resources
  • After an arrest or release from incarceration
  • After release from psychiatric hospitalization or residential substance use treatment
  • Family reunification; struggles with blended families
  • Any problems that are causing impairment in a person s ability to attain or maintain adequate functioning in family, social, occupational, or educational settings
  • After a referral from a professional (e.g., physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, case managers, probation/parole officers, social workers)

To schedule an appointment contact the Behavioral Health Front Desk at 906-635-6705 or 1-800-726-9105 during regular clinic hours: M  F, 8:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m. Walk-in s for those needing Urgent Care services are welcome at the Sault Ste. Marie Health Center during regular clinic hours. At rural health centers (St. Ignace, Manistique, and Munising) Urgent Care services are available but clients might experience a wait due to therapist availability.

  • Crisis Hotline: 800-839-9442
  • National Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Health Centers that offer these services and names of providers:

Sault Tribal Health and Human Services Center/Behavioral Health Services
2864 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Phone: 906-635-6075 Toll Free: 1-800-726-9105 Fax: 906 635-6549

  • Karen Alexander, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Julie M. Barber, LMSW, CAADC, Behavioral Health Supervisor (All Sites)
  • Rafael Aguirre, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Rebecca Patzwald, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Jennifer A. LeBlanc, BS, CADC, Behavioral Health Counselor
  • Mallinda S. Lumsden, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Denise Lyons, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • NeTausha Moran, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Dr. Paul Sorgi, Contractual Psychiatrist
  • Earl Rorick, MS, LLP, Psychologist (Contractual)
  • Mark Senkus, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Debbie Sirk, MPA, LBSW, CADC, CCS, CPS, CCJP, Family Spirit Behavioral Health Counselor
  • Pam Smith, LPN, Family Spirit Nurse
  • S. Cindy Thomas, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, ADS, CPS, CCJP, Clinical Social Worker

Sault Tribe Health and Human Services, Saint Ignace - Behavioral Health Services
1140 N. State Street, Saint Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: 906-643-8689 Toll Free: 1-800-726-9105 Fax: 906 635-6549

  • Christina Reynolds-Burlak, MS, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Rebeckah Zaragoza, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker

Manistique Tribal Health and Human Services Center Behavioral Health Services
5698 W. US-2, Manistique, MI 49854
Phone: 906-341-6993 Toll Free: 1-800-347-7137

  • Lisa Tatrow, LMSW, CAADC Clinical Social Worker
  • Melissa Carlson, MA, LPC, Clinical Social Worker
  • Amy Johnson, LPN, Family Spirit Nurse

Munising Tribal Health and Human Services Center Behavioral Health Services
622 West Superior Street, Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-4721 Toll Free: 1-800-236-4705

  • Candace Dennis, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker


Locations for this service:

Grand Island Chippewa Community Center
622 West Superior Street
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: (906) 387-4721


Manistique Tribal Community Center
5698W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854
Phone: (906) 341-8469


Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Center
2864 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie , MI 49783
Phone: (906) 632-5200
Fax: (906) 632-5276


Sault Tribal Health & Human Services Center
1140 N. State St. Suite 2805
Saint Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: (906) 643-8689


Providers who perform this service:

Christina Reynolds Burlak, LMSW, MS
Christina Reynolds Burlak Clinical Therapist Christina began her career in Social Services in New York City in 1992. She trained at the City University of New York, Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work obtaining a Master of Social Work (MSW), as well earned a Master’s of Science (MS) at the Milano Graduate School of the New School for Social Research. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Oakland University, Rochester Michigan.


Rebeckah Zaragoza, LMSW- Clinical Therapist
Rebeckah Zaragoza, LMSW- Clinical Therapist began her career in Human Services field in Sault Ste. Marie, MI in 2006. Rebeckah has a Bachelor of Science (BA) from Lake Superior State University and later went on to earn a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Grand Valley State University. Rebeckah enjoys spending time with her family, loves being outside, camping or going to the beach. Rebeckah is certified in Tai Chi Easy and is working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

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