December 17, 2018
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UCP of Maine and Community Health and Counseling Services collaborate to serve clients in rural areas of Maine

Community Author: Andrew Lohman
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Andrew Lohman | BDN
Andrew Lohman | BDN

UCP of Maine and Community Health and Counseling Services have come together in a collaborative effort to better help serve children waiting for Home and Community Treatment Services in rural areas of Maine. This home-based treatment service is critical to preventing out of home levels of care and transitioning children back home. The long wait list is largely due to staffing shortages in these areas. In the Spring of 2017 Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) staff made an appeal to providers to try to share their resources to serve these children. When CBHS made their appeal for collaboration it became an opportunity to break down barriers in making HCT available in Piscataquis County.

Bonny Dodson, Director of Clinical Services for UCP of Maine, recently shared “I had a conversation with Stephanie Doore, Program Coordinator for CHCS, sharing that I had a clinician in Piscataquis County but no Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) and CHCS had BHPs but no clinician. We talked about two children in particular that we had watched on the HCT waitlist for over a year. We got permission from Mainecare, cleared the staffing collaborative with the upper administration at CBHS, cleared any potential concerns with mental health licensing and created a contract with CHCS and UCP of Maine. After about 6 months of leg work we are launching the HCT Staffing Collaborative and opened our first case in January!”

UCP of Maine and CHCS are the only two agencies approved in the state to provide HCT services in collaboration and are working to make sure this model is successful, so it can be duplicated across the state. The collaboration is focused on serving children and families in the upper half of Piscataquis County and will increase the number of children serviced by HCT and reduce their wait time.

About UCP of Maine: UCP of Maine is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. We offer a wide variety of programs to fit whatever the client needs are, including; early childhood education, behavioral health, case management, rehabilitative and community support, in-home child and family treatment, and outpatient therapy. UCP also has four residential homes in Bangor and Brewer for adults diagnosed with developmental or intellectual disabilities. These homes offer comfortable, individualized, home-like environments to give residents the greatest level of independence possible while still maintaining their safety. In addition, we also operate the Elizabeth Levinson Center, a 24-hour, 14 bed, intermediate care facility for medically fragile children and adults with significant cognitive and medical needs.

About Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS): CHCS is a non-profit organization founded in 1883 that provides community-based healthcare services to support families, children, and adults. CHCS serves communities in central, eastern, northern, and southern Maine. CHCS provides comprehensive mental health, home health and hospice services. CHCS is committed to bringing services that are needed and valued by communities. We value partnerships and collaboration to achieve this goal. CHCS provides many community-based services including; treatment foster care, 24/7 mobile crisis, psychiatry, home health, hospice, specialized educational services, residential programs, housing services/supports, and case management. CHCS believes that, whenever possible, care is best given in a familiar setting where family and friends can become a part of the support and recovery process. The services that are offered are designed to enhance the quality of life and support recovery for those who are facing health challenges.