Pen Bay Medical Center
Rockland Breakwater

Psychiatric Care & Addiction Recovery

The Psychiatric and Addiction Recovery Center (PARC) is a drug and alcohol detox program with a focus on mental health and substance use treatment at Pen Bay Medical Center, managed by Maine Behavioral Healthcare. With over 30 outpatient locations throughout Maine, as well as Spring Harbor Hospital, Maine Behavioral Healthcare provides a continuum of behavioral healthcare services for all ages.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Maine Behavioral Healthcare is building a collaborative, community-oriented network of treatment providers. Our primary goal is connecting clients and patients to appropriate care when they need it.

About PARC

An in-patient unit of Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, PARC serves our community by providing acute in-patient psychiatric and medical detoxification treatment for patients 18 years of age and older. PARC is a locked 18-bed unit. Patients are treated both on a voluntary and an involuntary basis. 

The treatment team is a multidisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, CNAs, social workers, mental health workers, registered occupational therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, licensed substance abuse counselors and administrative assistant staff. Other hospital staff provide additional support as needed, such as hospitalists, dieticians, chaplains and respiratory therapists.

The treatment team utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in both group therapy and individual treatment plans. PARC staff strongly believe in the maintenance of a healing and therapeutic environment. Safety for both patients and staff is our number one goal. To this end, PARC staff and other hospital staff are trained in Crisis Prevention Institute Training with the goal of helping to de-escalate agitated or potentially violent behavior. We believe all patients deserve dignity and respect.
Services include: children's case management; crisis response and stabilization; integrated mental health services in select primary care practices, schools and community-based settings; residential treatment for adults; and substance abuse counseling as well as outpatient psychiatry and therapy services in Rockland and Belfast.
Patients are sometimes referred by their primary care physician, a child's school, a friend, or sometimes they refer themselves. In the Outpatient Psychiatry Department, patients are seen by a psychiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in mental health problems) who may prescribe medication. If the doctor assesses that the patient may benefit from psychotherapy, a therapist may provide counseling services. 

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This program is designed to link children with mental health needs with an array of services which may be provided in their community, school or home. Referrals to this program are made by the family, a mental health provider, school personnel or family physician.

People with chronic mental illness may be unable to successfully live independently in the community. Maine Behavioral Healthcare has five group homes and one apartment complex that is staffed around the clock to assist residents. Medication is monitored and administered. Access to these homes is facilitated through the state mental health system. 

Maine Behavioral Healthcare 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.  Effectively coordinating client and patient care across multiple locations and treatment settings will not only provide optimal health outcomes, but serve as a national model for treating people with serious mental health issues.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s 30-plus clinical programs and nearly 30 service locations, from York to Norway to Belfast, is one of the broadest behavioral healthcare programs in the state. 

Our goal is to coordinate preventive, specialty, emergency, hospital, and post-hospital care to achieve the best clinical outcomes for greater efficiencies and cost savings. Our network serves the Maine counties of Cumberland, York, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Oxford, Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec and Somerset.
Connecting people to quality care... 
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is building a collaborative, community-oriented network of treatment providers. Our primary goal is connecting clients and patients to appropriate care when they need it.

We are improving access to services across our network, increasing access to care offered close to home with primary care or community treatment, and reducing the time spent in the most expensive care settings, such as emergency rooms or hospital beds.

Effectively coordinating client and patient care across multiple locations and treatment settings will provide optimal health outcomes.

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