Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) is implementing the Bangor Region Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). The Bangor Region CCBHC increases access to and improves the quality of community mental and substance use disorder treatment services. The CCBHC serves adults with serious mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorder (SUD); children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and individuals with co-occurring MH/SU (COD) who live in the Greater Bangor, Maine region. We will achieve improved access and a higher quality of services by supporting our existing service system with; enhanced resources, and through the alignment of our major service providers into a collaborating network.
The Bangor Region CCBHC expects to serve 500 individuals during the first year of operation. The program projects to increase the numbers served by 50% in year two. The Bangor Region CCBHC is focused on three primary goals:
• Improve timely access to behavioral health services & screening including crisis intervention, treatment and care coordination.
• Deliver care to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and alignment of existing provider resources.
• Improve health outcomes and reduce the utilization of emergent care.
CHCS will build a local system of care for the greater Bangor region that shifts the region from a fragmented, “no right door” assortment of services to a cohesive, easily accessible, “no wrong door” continuum of care. The Bangor Region CCBHC will utilize system of care values to create a strong community culture that emphasizes strengths based, needs driven, family, youth, and consumer guided, and culturally competent services.
A core team of clinical service providers, including clinicians and care coordinators, will be based at CHCS to respond to and triage immediate behavioral health needs of the community. Augmenting this hub will be a collaborating network that includes six Designated Collaborating Organizations (DCOs), two state agency representatives and a peer recovery center. The vision and mission of the CCBHC is to create a cohesive, highly accessible system of care. An Advisory Committee comprised of community stakeholders will provide ongoing assessment of gaps in services, align system resources, and explore options to improve system coordination.