News Release

Contact: Tina Clark, APR
207-783-4663 x 158 or 207-468-4766 (cell)



LEWISTON, MAINE – Staff, friends, professional colleagues from other agencies gathered on June 28 to celebrate Joan Detel's long career and wish her well in her retirement. Many people stood to share memories and applaud Joan's impact on services and on the people around her, noting her smile, her booming laugh, her 'why not?' attitude, and her 'formidable intelligence'. "She always held us accountable," said Catherine Ryder, Executive Director. "She taught me to never underestimate the gifts and abilities of the people we serve," Catherine added. "She made me the professional that I am," said Deanna Ochoa-Durrell, who is stepping into Joan's position as Housing Manager. Joy Kish spoke about Joan's 'laser intellegence' and how grateful she was to have a boss who challenged her and supported her at the same time.

During her 24 years with Tri-County, she led the development of many of our core programs, including Community Integration, ACT, Residential services and more. She has been a leader at the state and regional level as well and has made a huge difference in people's lives with her passion and advocacy.

Tri-County Mental Health Services is Maine’s most comprehensive agency dealing with the psychological and social well-being of children, adults, and elders, serving more than 11,000 people each year. This year the agency marks its 60th year of providing innovative programs and services addressing mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, autism, and more. Its philosophy of building toward recovery and sensitivity to traumatic experiences of consumers gives hope to individuals, families, and communities in Androscoggin, Northern Cumberland, Franklin, Oxford and York counties.
For more information, visit or call 1-888-304-HOPE(4673).