The Acadia Hospital
The low staff-to-patient ratio ensures quality care for Acadia patients. Patients are assigned a psychiatrist, clinician, and primary nurse to form a treatment team that works with patients and their families to develop a treatment plan. The hospital primarily provides milieu treatment, in which each ward of the hospital is its own community. On week days, patients attend a variety of groups, such as stress management, dual diagnosis, group therapy, leisure skills. On week nights, patients attend an education group or an activity group. Patients can also use the hospital's half-court gym.
The privacy of patients is paramount and the nursing staff is first-rate. Acadia offers an education group every Sunday for family and friends of inpatients, and patients can attend a non-denominational church service Sunday afternoons. The hospital also provides meeting space for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other support groups.
For patients who are not at risk, Acadia offers two outpatient programs: one track meets twice a week while another meets daily.
For admissions information, call (800) 640-1211. For other departments, call (207) 973-6100. Maine's statewide crisis telephone number is (888) 568-1112. In an emergency, call 911. Address: 268 Stillwater Ave., P.O. Box 422, Bangor, ME 04402-0422.
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center
For more information, call (207) 941-4000 or (207) 941-4322 (TDD). Maine's statewide crisis telephone number is (888) 568-1112. In an emergency, call 911. Address: 656 State St., Bangor, ME 04401.
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Outpatients and family and friends of inpatients who have to travel long distances to the hospital may stay at the Riverside Inn, adjacent to, and connected with, EMMC.
The hospital opened on June 7, 1892, at the Mace House as Bangor Hospital. The Mace House remains a part of the hospital today. When it became apparent after a few years that it was serving not only patients from the Greater Bangor area but from all over eastern Maine, the hospital changed its name to Eastern Maine General Hospital. In the 1970s the hospital adopted its current name to better reflect its services and mission.
For more information, call (207) 973-7050. Address: 489 State St., Bangor, ME 04401.
St. Joseph Hospital
A former superintendent of Eastern Maine Medical Center, Ellen Paine, founded St. Joseph's predecessor, Paine Private Hospital, in 1906 on Center Street.
For more information, call (207) 262-1000. Address: 360 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401.
Community Health & Counseling Services
CH&CS sponsors the Northeast Crisis Services Warm Line, for people with mental illness and their family and friends who are seeking someone to talk with in a non-emergency situation. The Warm Line serves Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock counties. For callers in the local calling area for Bangor, the number is 945-5625. Callers outside of the local calling area can call toll free, (800) 490-8748.
CHCS is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare organizations, or JCAHO.
For more information, call (207) 947-0366. Address: 42 Cedar St., Bangor, ME 04401.
Northeast Occupational Exchange
For more information, call (207) 942-3816 or (800) 857-0500. Address: 29 Franklin St., Suite 1A, Bangor, ME 04401; 22 Merchants Plaza, Bangor, ME 04401.
Help for independent, low-income people with mental illness includes low-cost loans for rental deposits, help identifying needed public services such as food stamps, fuel assistance, Social Security benefits, Medicaid (known as MaineCare in Maine), Medicare. People with mental illness who can live independently for the most part but might need immediate help can take advantage of OHI's supported apartments program. OHI will also help people with mental illness find permanent housing and emergency housing.
For more information, call (207) 848-5804. Business office address: 25 Freedom Parkway, Hermon, ME 04401.