July 13, 2021
When the State of Maine identified a need to create a space that was comfortable and offered psychiatric care and clinical support, we saw that this was a natural extension of Spurwink’s adult behavioral health programs and stepped forward to meet the critical community need.
The living room crisis center offers another level of care between emergency rooms and a mobile crisis unit. Creating a 24/7 crisis center with a “living room” model is another way of providing support to meet the needs of people who are in emotional distress, without taxing our physical health system.
Spurwink has secured a location at 62 Elm Street in Portland and intends to have construction complete so we can open by December 2021. We plan to offer a comfortable “living room” style space where people can get the support they need and where nursing, psychiatry, and clinical treatment are available. The crisis center will be open to anyone 14 years and older and will be open 24/7; those in need will be able to utilize the services offered for up to 23 hours per visit.
The program director, Ben Strick, is innovative, committed and resourceful. He’s looking forward to partnering with peer organizations in the community to make this a success. We work a lot with the police, the district attorney, recovery organizations and healthcare partners, so while we’ll be running this program, we will rely upon these partnerships to effectively meet this critical need in Portland.
- Kristen Farnham, VP of Development & Ben Strick, Director of Adult Behavioral Health