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Kennebec Behavioral Health

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Specialists

Our Mission

Kennebec Behavioral Health’s mission is to promote the well-being of persons who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges.

Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) is located in the heart of central Maine and has been providing comprehensive community mental health services in Maine since 1960. KBH offers clinic-based services including medication management and outpatient counseling for mental health, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders at five clinic locations in Augusta, Winthrop, Waterville, Farmington and Skowhegan. 

The agency also provides community-based services including case management services, residential services (from daily community support services to 24/7 on-site support), school-based services, home and community therapy and multi-systemic therapy services throughout the mid-Maine region and beyond. Outreach services are also offered in the community for adults, families and youth who are experiencing homelessness. KBH’s vision is a community in which everyone enjoys physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. 


Our Services

Kennebec Behavioral Health has a range of services for youth, adults and families throughout central Maine. Services are provided at clinic sites and in the community.

Our Team

Kennebec Behavioral Health employs over 420 people throughout central Maine. Staff are passionate about providing quality care to our clients and community.

Giving Efforts

Kennebec Behavioral Health provides services as a non-profit to many low-income families. This is possible due to support and generosity from individuals and businesses. 


During Fiscal year 2023, KBH served over 18,200 youth, adults and families in Maine.


KBH served residents from 300+ towns and cities in Maine during fiscal year 2023.


KBH provided 191,113 of services to youth, adults and families during fiscal year 2023.

our history
KBH has been providing services since 1960
60 1

Psychologists Charles Rothstein, Ph.D., Paul Perez, Ph.D., Joseph Sanders, Howard White, Ph.D. and psychiatrist Price Kirkpatrick began meeting to discuss the status of mental health among Kennebec County residents.

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Dec 1960

Kennebec Mental Health Association was incorporated to promote a comprehensive community mental health program. It was housed in rented space at Thayer Hospital in Waterville.

1970 67 Eustis Pkwy

Construction of KBH’s current building at 67 Eustis Parkway was underway. It would later by called the “Rothstein Building” after Charles Rothstein, Ph.D. who was the first Clinical Director.

60 5

The Augusta Clinic at 66 Stone Street opens and KMHA (now Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center) celebrates its 25th anniversary with keynote speaker Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

90s high hopes clubhouse

The vocational rehabilitation program, otherwise known as “Clubhouses,” began under the steadfast efforts of Jim Schmidt. High Hopes Clubhouse in Waterville opens.

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A new facility opened in Skowhegan and a family visitation center in Augusta was developed for children’s services. Capitol Clubhouse in Augusta opened its doors.


The organization is renamed Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center. The agency staff had grown to 200 employees. A third clinic opened in Winthrop.

2010/ 2011

Now called Kennebec Behavioral Health, 325 staff provided services to 13,900 persons. The agency celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2011, the third vocational clubhouse opened in Lewiston.

Clubhouse 3

Kennebec Behavioral Health opened its fourth clubhouse, Village Clubhouse in Topsham. The agency now offered five clinics, four clubhouses, 11 residential sites with an annual operating budget of $35,000,000.

60th logo with celebrating


Now in 2020, KBH employs over 400 staff and offers more than two dozen programs. The agency also celebrated 60 years of providing services.

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