Above: L. L. Bean's United Way campaign cabinet visits Maine Behavioral Healthcare's treatment center at 165 Lancaster Street in Portland.
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Portland, Maine (Sept. 8, 2017): Recently, L.L.Bean’s United Way campaign cabinet of 12 employees visited Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s treatment center at 165 Lancaster Street in Portland to learn about The Children’s Initiative, an 18-month Thrive2027-funded program that will address critical deficits in the behavioral and physical health needs of children and adolescents ages 3-18 in the greater Portland community.
“Thrive2027 is our community’s commitment to make our region stronger for everyone who calls it home,” said Nicole Evans, Administrator of Community Impact Services at United Way of Greater Portland. “More than 150 businesses, public institutions, foundations, and non-profit organizations have pledged to work together to achieve these goals. And so have we.”
United Way of Greater Portland is aligning its work behind Thrive2027, investing in programs that ensure more kids are successful in school, more families and individuals can afford to live and work here, and more people are living long, healthy lives. Initiative investments of $250,000 were granted to three community programs: The Children’s Initiative, Preble Street Learning Collaborative and SmilePartners.
The L.L.Bean cabinet visit included a tour of the children’s wing, an introduction by United Way, and presentations by Allegra Hirsh-Wight, Training Manager and Project Coordinator and Rebecca Brown, Clinical Manager, in the Department of Clinical Innovation, at Maine Behavioral Healthcare. “Primarily we will be training clinicians in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and training the community on adverse childhood experiences and resilience,” said Brown.
To maximize the opportunity for children, adults, and communities to live longer lives, the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) must be reduced before toxic stress irreversibly impacts health. “MBH has a long history of providing evidence-based trauma treatment for children. In order to maintain the quality care we provide to children, it is important that we continue to invest in these important practices,” explained Hirsh-Wright.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare, a member of the MaineHealth system of providers, is committed to creating a seamless system of behavioral healthcare across Maine, coordinating hospital psychiatric care with community-based treatment services, and better access to medical care through integration with primary care services. With over 30 outpatient locations throughout southern, western and mid-coast Maine, as well as Spring Harbor Hospital, MBH provides a continuum of behavioral healthcare services for Maine residents of all ages.