KBH expands region's health-care options

Consumers now have a wider array of health-care options after Kennebec Behavioral Health expanded its programs, offices and provider partners during the spring and summer of 2012.

Among the agency’s new services: developmental case-management services for adults, a new vocational clubhouse in Lewiston, an emergency shelter for homeless youth, Community Living Services, a youth outreach program, additional substance-abuse programs for teens and families in Somerset county and home-based therapy in Rockland and Bangor. KBH’s behavioral health services also are now provided from the Bingham and Jackman health centers, as well as in Pittsfield.

The agency also expanded its Skowhegan facility, at 5 Commerce Drive. It’s one of five community-based med clinics, including those in Augusta, Waterville and Winthrop. KBH opened a second Waterville clinic at the Downtown Concourse over the winter of 2011.

“Our overriding goal,” said Thomas J. McAdam, the chief executive officer of KBH, is “to provide the services that our neighbors want and need to have. Communities with urban-rural mixes like ours truly need care health care right where they live. We’re doing our utmost to have providers living and working in their communities.”

Some of the agency’s program growth has been the result a program merger with the former Youth & Family Services Inc., which included KBH’s purchase of three of of the former Y&FS buildings in Skowhegan and Augusta.

KBH also is in partnerships with MaineGeneral and Inland Hospital practices. KBH is expanding its provider relationships in Somerset County through new arrangements with Redington-Fairview General Hospital and the Greater Somerset Public Health Cooperative.

"We believe that provider relationships are a key to providing coordinated and effective care, and in expanding everyone’s access to care in central Maine," said McAdam.

Lora Wilford-McManus, former director of Y&FS, said the program merger was "a natural fit, especially in these difficult financial times to provide quality services to clients and their families, and to save taxpayer dollars at the same time." Wilford-McManus is a lead clinician in KBH’s Access Program now.

KBH, Day One and the State Office of Substance Abuse are working together to improve substance-abuse supports to teens in Somerset and Kennebec County; and with Catholic Charities to provide supports to homeless adults in Knox, Somerset and Kennebec counties.

With support from HUD and MaineHousing, KBH will open an apartment unit for homeless adults in Waterville in 2013.

KBH partners with more than 100 advisory organizations, policy-action groups, family advocacy councils, standard-setting organizations, community and academic and provider groups and medical institutions. KBH provided services to more than 13,000 persons last year.

Program funders such as the United Way of Mid-Maine and the United Way of Kennebec Valley have helped KBH fine-tune its programs through support applications; and the State of Maine has been especially supportive of KBH’s expertise with the clubhouse model of rehabilitation. The latter led to DHHS support of KBH opening its Looking Ahead Clubhouse in Lewiston.

KBH recently was awarded its third consecutive three-year approval from CARF International for all services and programs. The thee-year approval is CARF's highest accreditation.

To learn about KBH’s services and supports, call 1-888-322-2136 or explore this website..

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