There is Help & Hope for Veterans & Family Members
Close to home…
Fact: Since "9/11" more than 1.6 million men & women have deployed to military combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan - many more in other conflicts. Many have served multiple tours of duty.
Fact: In Maine there are 150, 000+veterans and approximately 105,000 are wartime veterans - and less than 30% access benefits they have earned.
Fact: Many veterans from the current and prior conflicts return with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS - PTSD) and other unique psychological and societal challenges.
Tri-County has a comprehensive menu of services and reaches into hundreds of Maine communities. We are working with Veteran's groups and other organizations to ensure that our service members have the very best support and treatment available to them and that we are Veteran-friendly agency. Our trauma-informed philosophy applies to everyone we see, but is particularly appropriate for veterans and family members. To be “Trauma-informed means to know the history of the past and current trauma in the person’s life. This allows for more holistic and integrated treatment. Our services are welcoming, appropriate, and avoid retraumatization. Trauma-specific treatments like Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy are evidence-based, with proven results for healing the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder.
To learn more about our approach and services, contact our Veteran's Outreach Coordinator Jerry DeWitt at 783-9141 x 228 or by email.
TCMHS is available 24 hours a day/7days a week to provide crisis care (Androscoggin, Cumberland Counties). Mobile Crisis staff are available for assessments in school, home, work, before a trip to the hospital becomes necessary. Call 783-4680. Individuals in distress can be seen at our offices on Bartlett Street in Lewiston, or in emergency rooms of the regional hospitals. Our Crisis Line can be reached 24 hours a day, toll free, at 1-888-568-1112.
DEER RUN – CRISIS RESIDENTIAL
24-hours a day, Deer Run provides short-term residential care and supervision, as well as counseling and case management, to persons in crisis, or those returning to independent living after an in-patient stay.
We offer an outpatient substance abuse counseling program, available in all geographical areas. New initiatives include Suboxone treatment and services for individuals with Co-occurring Disorders. We also conduct DEEP (Driver Education and Evaluation Program) and Differential Substance Abuse Treatment (DSAT) evaluations and treatment.
CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES
Specialized services for children and their families include group, family, and individual child therapy, family counseling and activity groups, crisis intervention, case management, Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and MST for Problem Sexual Behaviors. early intervention for very young children and their families, and psychiatric Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. We offer services on-site at many schools and in primary care physicians’ offices to ensure integrated and coordinated care.
ADULT OUTPATIENT SERVICES
Individual and group counseling, diagnostic evaluations, medication management are provided throughout our service area. TCMHS has the broadest variety of treatment methods, including the most evidence-based practices of any Maine provider. All services are infused with a trauma-informed approach.
COMMUNITY INTEGRATION SERVICES
Case Managers find resources so people can live comfortably and safely in the community. The Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the Lewiston/ Auburn area.
The Social Learning Center promotes life skills at an adult day activity center, which provides work experience and life training. The SLC features two sensory integration rooms.
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION REPROCESSING
EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD as shown by extensive scientific research studies. It uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, or sound, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself. We offer EMDR in combination with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other treatments to ensure a safe and effective experience.
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Tri-County Mental Health Services
1155 Lisbon Street
PO Box 2008
Lewiston, Maine 04241-2008
Toll Free: 800-787-1155