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Article Title: Behavioral Health & Disability Supports

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Quality support services are available for adults, children and families affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, acquired brain injuries, or domestic violence.
  • Residential Services for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury

    Residential Services for Adults with Acquired Brain Injuries are licensed by the State of Maine, and are one of the only fully accredited agencies by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).   These rehabilitative programs are designed to meet the individual treatment goals and needs of each member using a team-based approach. We currently provide residential services in Dexter and Glenburn.

    Eligibility

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Diagnosis of Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury or other related diagnosis
    • Must have DHHS funding MaineCare Home and Community Based Waiver Approval Section 18 for Adults with Brain Injury

    Services Provided

    • Assistance and supervision of activities of daily living
    • Maintenance of health and safety
    • Communication and social skills
    • Accessing community resources, vocational educational and recreational opportunities
    • Help with transportation and arranging appointments with medical providers

    Contact

    Please contact Aimee Kerrigan at (207) 478-9172 or akerrigan@penquis.org

    2017 Program Description / Disclosure Statement for CWSS’s Acquired Brain Injury Home

    Funded in part by the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Behavioral Health Residential Supported Living Services

    Behavioral Health Residential Supported Living Services are provided in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties in shared homes or apartments.   These rehabilitative programs are designed to meet the individual treatment goals and needs of each member using team-based approach.  

    The following 24/7 rehabilitative care services are provided as needed by the individual’s needs:

    • Assistance and supervision of activities of daily living
    • Maintenance of health and safety
    • Communication and social skills
    • Accessing community resources, vocational educational and recreational opportunities
    • Help with transportation and arranging appointments with medical providers

    Eligibility

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Eligible for MaineCare
    • Primary diagnosis of behavioral health
    • Ready for discharge from an institution, or recently discharged, or in need of a supported living environment

    Contact

    Please contact Aimee Kerrigan at (207) 478-9172 or akerrigan@penquis.org

  • Residential Supported Living Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    Supported Living Program serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides a comfortable home shared with other residents.  It is supported by trained staff 24 hours per day.  Staff members assist residents in attaining independent living skills.  Each resident has his/her own bedroom and receives individualized care and skill building according to his/her treatment plan.  

    Eligibility

    • Must have DHHS funding MaineCare Home and Community Based Waiver Approval Section 21
    • Must be 18 years of age or older

    Supported Living Services Ensure the Health, Safety, and Well-being of Residents

    Residents receive assistance in meeting daily needs according to their individualized treatment plans, which may consist of:

    • Independent living skills and choice making
    • Community integration and inclusion
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Developing functional skills

    Geographic Locations Served

    Penobscot County    

    Piscataquis County

    Contact

    Please contact Aimee Kerrigan at (207) 478-9172 or akerrigan@penquis.org

    Funded in part by the Department of Health and Human Services.  

  • Behavioral Health Home (Individualized Treatment Plans for Children and Adults)

    Behavioral Health Home Organization provides individualized treatment plans for children and adults based on the client’s personal needs. These can include basic, mental and behavioral health and medical needs as well as housing, education, vocation, finance, socialization and development of natural peer supports.

    Behavioral Health Home Organization (BHHO) is a collaborative, client-focused service that is offered in the home and the community, helping individuals to obtain long term recovery.

    Services include:

    • An individualized treatment plan based on the client’s personal needs.  These can include: basic needs, mental health needs and medical needs
    • Works in connection with doctors and any other support provider in the client’s life
    • Help to get social services, transportation, referrals and other supports
    • Aims to reduce emergency room visits or hospital stays
    • A team-building approach to care. The Health Home Coordinator works closely with a nurse, clinician, medical provider, and peer support specialist to best meet each client’s needs

    Eligibility

    For adults

    • 18 years of age or older, who have a mental health diagnosis and MaineCare

    For children

    • 2 to 21 years of age or older, who have a DHHS approved mental health or intellectual disability diagnosis and MaineCare

    To Enroll

    Please call Shelly Gagne (207) 564-2464 ext. 132.

                       Funding for the program is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

     

  • Community Supports Program for Adults with Disabilities

    Community Supports Program provides a variety of choices to meet the needs of everyone.  Our Rising Stars Program is a community based program located in Dover-Foxcroft but travels daily to neighboring communities. The focus of this program is to develop community living skills such as; interacting with community members, budgeting, health, fitness and nutrition.  Daily activities include local shopping, exercise at the YMCA and exploring our local communities.  We take monthly field trips to museums and galleries and hold a monthly workshop to work on a skill that the group wants to learn more about.  We regularly volunteer at a local food cupboard, assisting patrons to pack their boxes and load their vehicle.  We also cook a meal for the patrons of the food cupboard to sample.

    Some individuals prefer a slower pace and enjoy the comfort of a center-based program.  Our center-based site is also located in Dover-Foxcroft.  Activities are tailored to individual needs for developing social skills and independence and may include crafts, music, memory exercises and cooking.  The program also provides opportunities for community integration through weekly activities, such as shopping, recreation, fitness, trips to local libraries, stores and restaurants, to develop community living skills.  We individualize a plan that works for each one.

    Our staffing offers intervals of 1:1 time for closely supervised attention, as well as smaller groups that focus on increasing communication skills, sensory integration and physical motor skills.  All groups focus on maintaining current abilities and increasing self-esteem.  Each group is assembled based on the needs, abilities and interests of the participants.

    Eligibility

    • 18 years old or older
    • Diagnosis of Intellectual or Developmental Disability/AXIS II
    • Eligible and approved for MaineCare Home and Community Based Waiver or have private funding
    • Able to maintain a stable/safe behavior during program hours
    • Able to comply with referral and admission process
    • Have transportation available

    Expressive Arts

    Art classes are a very important part of our Community Supports program.  Concepts and techniques of art are taught by using step-by-step guidance, which encourages freedom of expression and improves self-esteem, in addition to developing other abilities.  The artists love art time and they have great fun expressing themselves and demonstrate pride in their work.

    Some of the artwork is reproduced, marketed, displayed and offered for sale with 50% of the purchase price returning to the artist.

    For more information, contact Christine Rice at 207-564-2464 ext. 127 or crice@penquis.org  

    Funded in part by the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services. 

  • Clinical Counseling for Children and Adults

    Clinical Counseling Services help to improve the quality of life and functional abilities of adults and children affected by chronic or acute challenges.  Counseling is offered in a variety of settings including outpatient care at Mayo Regional Hospital, jail-based counseling and counseling within the schools.  This program offers a variety of services including individual counseling, substance abuse treatment, DEEP evaluations, couples treatment, family therapy and group therapy ranging in specialty.  The program networks with other providers in the surrounding community.  Most clients are referred by a family doctor or therapist but may also be self-referred. 

    Mayo Counseling, 69 High Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME

    In 2009, Charlotte White Support Services and Mayo Regional Hospital partnered to provide counseling services, mental health evaluation and assessment, outpatient individual, family and group mental health counseling, substance abuse evaluation and assessment, outpatient individual, family and group substance abuse counseling, and DEEP.

    Referrals for service at Mayo Counseling can be made by calling (207) 564-4110.

    School-Based Locations – Piscataquis Community Secondary School & Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford   

    Charlotte White Support Services provides mental health counseling and supportive counseling services to children in 1st through 12th grade.  Access to this service is through the school guidance counselor at:

    Guilford (207) 876-4301 ext. 30

    Funded in part by the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  

  • Childrens' In-Home and Community Support Services

    Childrens’ In-Home and Community Support Services provides children with a mental health diagnosis or cognitive impairment with a behavioral health professional (BHP) who helps to increase each child’s level of functioning and improve behavior in the home and community. The program includes involvement of parent/guardians and natural supports. 

    Childrens’ In-Home and Community Support Services are provided one-on-one to a child in his/her home or community setting to improve behavior and foster skills to increase each child’s level of functioning and decrease maladaptive behaviors.  Our success relies on active involvement of the family, parent/guardians and natural supports in this process.

    Eligibility

    • Children from birth to age twenty
    • Eligible for, or covered by MaineCare
    • Diagnosis of mental health, cognitive impairment, or significant functional limitations
    • Behavior that cannot be managed by parent/guardian
    • Physical, sensory, motor, or psychological impairments
    • Trained staff must be available to meet at convenient times for the family

    Services Provided

    • Collaborate with the child’s family, school, therapists, case managers, other providers 
    • Develop a comprehensive psycho-social assessment to improve:
      • Daily living skills
      • Behavior management
      • Coping skills
      • Time management
      • Social interaction skills                                                                            
      • Community integration skills
      • Self-esteem and self-confidence

    For more information, call (207) 343-2140.

  • Assisted Living Services

    Assisted Living Services are offered to income eligible seniors and disabled adults.

    Service include assistance with medication management, personal care and light housekeeping in their own private one-bedroom apartments managed by Realty Resources Management. All three facilities are licensed by the State of Maine and have 24/7 oversight. 

    Each facility has a registered nurse consultant or Health Services Coordinator RN on staff who is responsible for the coordination and oversight of all aspects of medication administration. We are staffed with CRMAs, CNAs and PSSs.

    Our cooks provide two nutritious meals per day- a large noon meal and a smaller supper. Residents are responsible for their own breakfast and snacks. All menus are reviewed and signed off by a registered dietitian annually. We have art, music, exercise and games offered weekly on rotating basis.

    Transportation to and from appointments can be arranged.

    Our staff take care to support individuals as they are adapting to a new environment and other life changes.

    Service needs are based on a medical assessment done prior to moving in and every six months thereafter.

    The rent is based on income and some apartments have Section 8 vouchers available. 

    The cost for services is based on income and assets. 

    We do offer private pay options for those whose income does not meet eligibility requirements. 

    We have a Residential Services Director at each facility who is responsible that the Assisted Living Program is run within contract and regulation guidelines, staff is trained to ensure that residents receive assisted living services in a safe and supportive environment while maintaining the highest possible level of independence. 

    Service Area

    Penobscot and Knox Counties

    Locations

    Freeses Assisted Living in Bangor, Merry Gardens Estates in Camden, Stearns Assisted Living in Millinocket

    For more information

    Contact Christine Bessey at (207-973-3578)  or cbessey@penquis.org

  • Shared Living Services

    The Shared Living Program connects adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities with private families in a long-term residential living arrangement that fosters independence and sense of self-worth.  Shared Living providers offer guidance and coaching on daily living skills including personal hygiene, healthy food choices, scheduling for and transportation to medical appointments, meal preparation, and more.  Other support may include respite care, direct support, and training.

    Host Families

    Penquis contracts with an individual or family, referred to as a “host,” to provide a home and share their lives with an individual within a family environment.  In order for the placement to be successful, it is crucial that an appropriate match be made between the host and the individual.  This occurs through interviewing the host family and eligible individuals who desire this living arrangement.

    Eligibility

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability
    • DHHS funding MaineCare Home and Community Based Waiver Approval Section 21 and 29

    Once eligibility is determined, interviews occur to determine the client’s needs and desires.  The team then seeks out providers who best match those requirements.

    Referral Process

    Referrals for Shared Living can be made by calling the Program Manager, Christine Rice, at (207) 564-2464 ext 127.  We encourage referrals from individuals, family members, the medical community, case managers, and service providers.  Once the referral is made, an interview is scheduled.  The intake procedure involves gathering all the data necessary to determine the best living arrangement and provider type.

    Become a Shared Living Provider

    To begin the qualifying process contact the Program Manager, Christine Rice, at (207) 564-2464 ext. 127 or crice@penquis.org.  An application packet will be sent to you which gathers personal and background check information to help us get to know you better.

    Funded in part by the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Violence Intervention Prevention Classes for Men (VIP)

    Violence Intervention Prevention Classes for Men (VIP) are designed to educate men about the dynamics of power and control and help participants to decrease the use of violence in relationships.  This is an educational class that works to create growth and change in behavior.  The goal is to provide an opportunity for the participants to recognize and change their controlling and/or abusive behaviors, improve the quality of their own lives and those around them.

    What are Violence Intervention Prevention Classes for Men?

    This program was designed to educate men about abusive behaviors brought on as a result of male privilege and to help them find alternative ways of managing abusive tendencies.

    Through education, men receive the tools and resources to make changes in their lives, and the lives of their families.

    If you want to learn the effects of domestic violence on your children, improve your communication skills, and cope with family issues without the use of violence, this is the class for you!

    Who should attend?

    • Any Man
    • Court Referrals
    • PFA Referrals
    • DHHS Referrals
    • Probation Referrals
    • D.A. Referrals
    • Counselor Referrals
    • Self Referrals

    How to apply

    Call (207) 270-2963, or e-mail smadera@penquis.org to set up an appointment for intake at the office in Dover-Foxcroft or Bangor.

    Class Requirements

    • $40 intake fee and $35/week class fee with sliding scale available for those who qualify
    • Participation in 48 weekly classes
    • Compliance with class policies

    Violence Intervention Prevention Classes for men are made available through a collaborative of Penquis and Partners for Peace.  Working together to build stronger communities and safer futures.