Tri-County Mental Health Services Referral Form (you can now fill in the pdf form electronically then print and submit via fax 783-4660 or mail.)
- Named ‘Best Maine Film’ at the 2011 L/A Film Festival, "The Rehearsal" documents the behind-the-scenes preparation of 4 performers, one week before their big show entitled "Inspired Voices." Each of these performers has received mental health support in their lives. Through performance, each person is able to publicly share their story of recovery and demonstrate the power of art to connect, heal, and inspire. This film captures remarkable talent and courage. It also explores the concept of mental health and illness - not as two mutually exclusive "diagnoses," but as a state of health that we all must develop and protect.
TCMHS was the first Federally-qualified Community Mental Health Center in New England back in 1951 and today continues to be a progressive leader in service development, delivery, and a vital link in Maine’s healthcare community. It serves about 10,000 Maine people of all ages each year, offering programs to address mental illness, substance abuse, developmental/intellectual disabilities and autism. TCMHS is one of Maine’s largest non-profit organizations and is governed locally by a board of community volunteers. Over its six decades, the agency has grown geographically to serve virtually all of Western Maine as well as Cumberland and York Counties. It has also grown programmatically to meet emerging needs and develop state of the art treatment services, including the largest number of evidence-based practices with rigorous outcomes measures and fidelity standards.
At the forefront of innovations is Tri-County’s philosophy of “Trauma- Informed, Recovery- Based Care.” This approach has been embedded in the agency at all levels for more than six years. It is an approach that is now becoming a standard of excellence across the state and the nation. Very simply, it means that we do not ask ‘what is wrong with you’ but rather want to know ‘what happened to you’. It is an acknowledgement and understanding of the impact of trauma and violence on the lives of the people who rely on our services. Trauma can be the result of many sources – physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, exposure to violent acts and natural disasters, to name a few. Left unaddressed, trauma can contribute to chronic, long term health and mental health problems. Without attention to trauma-informed principles, treatment itself can re-traumatize patients. Tri-County has been recognized as a leader in trauma-informed services, as the State’s first pilot site for developing trauma-informed services for adults, and then as the lead agency in the six year THRIVE initiative which now provides training and assistance to organizations across the nation in trauma-informed care.
Tri-County is also committed to advancing Integrated Primary Care (IPC) and has two current projects in partnership with the Maine Health Access Foundation. Integrated care combines medical and behavioral health services to better address the spectrum of problems that patients bring to their primary care providers (PCPs). The majority of these patients have either a physical ailment that is affected by stress, problems maintaining healthy lifestyles, or a psychological disorder, so it is both clinically appropriate and cost effective to integrate behavioral health with primary care. With healthcare reform on the horizon we believe that integrating care of the mind and body will prove to be cost effective and the highest quality care for our communities.
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Tri-County Mental Health Services
1155 Lisbon Street
PO Box 2008
Lewiston, Maine 04241-2008
Toll Free: 800-787-1155