LINCOLN, Maine — To Alan Algee, the Lincoln Lakes region was the next logical place to expand his business.
A community mental health and substance abuse clinic counselor, Algee opened Dirigo Counseling Clinic LLC at 356 West Broadway in mid-September as an expansion of his clinics in Bangor and Ellsworth.
“We did an area study and recognized that there was a need for such services in the Lincoln area,” Algee said Monday. “That’s what drew us here. There is a big [demand] in the area … when you consider [its access to] Lee, Medway and Millinocket.”
The planning board approved issuing business permits to Dirigo and to 4-D’s Gift Shop, 442 West Broadway, at its meeting Sept. 20, said Jerry Davis, the town’s code enforcement officer.
The gift store, which is owned by Lincoln Redemption Center owner Troy Davis, will likely open when it gets a parking entrance permit from the Maine Department of Transportation, said Jerry Davis, who is no relation to Troy Davis.
Besides substance abuse counseling, Dirigo offers marriage or couples counseling, family counseling and all aspects of mental health counseling, including mood and personality disorders, Algee said.
A Google search Monday revealed several other counseling services in Lincoln, including Northeast Occupational Exchange, Health Access Network, Community Health and Counseling, and the office of Katherine V. Page.
“We can probably accommodate as many people as call us,” Algee said. “I can even bring someone from Bangor to handle the clinical load and I can hire people as well. There is a wide expansion capacity here. We have the facilities to accommodate a good number of people who would want to call us from the Lincoln area.”
The new clinic adds four full-time jobs to the region, Algee said. Besides Algee, substance abuse counselors at Dirigo include Cathy Boynton and Dot Muncey, and there is a receptionist as well. Algee is also a licensed community mental health counselor.
Dirigo’s Lincoln location will give many of its Bangor office clients a shorter journey, Algee said.
Davis said the clinic is housed in a building once used by Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. workers.
Algee said it “is an outstanding practice location.”
“It’s a very peaceful and private setting. It’s modern,” Algee added. “There’s plenty of parking. It’s easy to access but off the road so there’s not a breach of privacy.”
For information about Dirigo, visit dirigocounseling.com or call 794-9099.
CORRECTION: Rural Family Counseling and psychologist John S. Hale do not currently have offices in Lincoln. Hale said Thursday that he works for Full Circle Wellness Center, which has offices in Bangor and Lincoln.