Governor Janet Mills has announced steps to expand access to substance use disorder treatment services in Kennebec and Washington counties.
The Governor and Legislature appropriated funding to establish a substance use disorder treatment program in either Kennebec or Washington County. However, given the urgent needs in both communities, Governor Mills committed to funding programs in both counties during her 5th Annual Opioid Summit as part of her Administration’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic.
Gov. Mills said:
These investments, along with the collaborative work being done by our local partners, will help ensure that more Maine people suffering from substance use disorder can access the treatment they need to begin the lifelong path to recovery. My Administration will continue to work in partnership with the Legislature and the recovery community to prevent and treat addiction and to save lives.
DHHS will invest a total of up to $3.5 million to support access SUD services in both counties through two complementary projects designed to advance models of care and expand traditional treatment capacity.
In Kennebec County, DHHS’s Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will support an innovative SUD Receiving Center and Medically Monitored Withdrawal (‘Detox’) Program. This facility will be the first of its kind in Maine, combining a traditional, 10-bed withdrawal management program with a walk-in receiving center that will operate 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Individuals may walk into the facility with no appointment and receive triage services, screening and assessment, referral for ongoing needs, and a bridge to treatment services such as individual and group therapy, wound care, and medication management. Staff for the center will be comprised of a multidisciplinary team. At least 40 percent of the occupancy in the center will be available to individuals who have coverage through MaineCare. The legislative appropriation included $400,000 in one-time funding for the development of the center, and $1.6 million for the ongoing operations of the center.
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