Welcome to the 2020 Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) annual report. Like so much else since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives, we are moving to primarily an online format for this report, but I am certain you will nonetheless be moved by the stories of dedication and accomplishment you’ll find here.
None of these amazing stories, or the extraordinary behavioral health care provided by MBH day-in and day-out in our communities, would be possible without our incredible care team. As the pandemic spread, our dedicated professionals adapted, finding new ways to deliver care and providing a critical safety net as the need for mental health services rose with the COVID case counts.
Beginning my tenure as president of Maine Behavioral Healthcare during this time provided me with an opportunity to see firsthand the depth of commitment and professionalism of our amazing staff. I am so proud of them.
As you can see in this report, MBH didn’t let the pandemic prevent us from moving forward with important initiatives aimed at making the lives of patients, and the communities we serve, better. These include the opening of a much needed 20-bed in-patient facility in Sanford and the completion of our new Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders.
We also moved forward with important initiatives such as making our facilities tobacco free, providing the support our patients needed to achieve tobacco independence. We extended our existing psychiatry residency program to include a track for training residents on the unique behavioral health needs in rural communities. We kept our focus on our Zero Suicide initiative. And, oh yes, we did all this while moving our electronic records system to the Epic platform, which is shared across the MaineHealth system—a huge undertaking.
There is more to do, of course. Unfortunately, the need for mental health services across Maine and New Hampshire far exceeds the capacity of the overall mental health care system. While we have made great progress on offering an evidence-based program to treat substance use disorder, too many people are still losing their lives to the opioid epidemic.
Still, we have made strides worth celebrating. I invite you to learn more about that progress in this report. I know you’ll be as inspired as I was in doing so.
Kelly Barton, President
Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Kelly Barton, MPH, FACHE President, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Mary Jane Krebs, FACHE
President, Spring Harbor Hospital
Chief Financial Officer, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Linda Durst, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Chair, Dept. Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center
Director of Human Resources, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Maria Hadjiyane, PhD, LPC, CSAC
Vice President of Ambulatory Services, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Senior Director of Information Services, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Board of Trustees
Geoffrey Green – Chair
Tracy Hawkins – Vice Chair
James Georgitis, MD, FACS – Secretary
James Alexander, MDCM
Beth Dube, NP
Robert Levine, Esq.
Karen Simone, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT
Kelly Barton, MPH/FACHE
Richard W. Petersen
Katie Fullam Harris
SVP, MaineHealth Government Relations
Maine Behavioral Healthcare – 2020 By the Numbers
In a year like no other, the care team at Maine Behavioral Healthcare adapted and innovated, finding new ways to deliver care as the need for mental health services rose:
Integrated Behavioral Health Visits
Spring Harbor Hospital Clients Served
Outpatient Psych & Therapy Visits
Maine Behavioral Healthcare Services
Behavioral Health Case Management
Integrated Behavioral Health
Intensive Community Based Services
Outpatient Autism & Developmental Disorders
Outpatient Psych & Therapy
Spring Harbor Hospital
Consultation General Hospital Services
Emergency Department Services:
Crisis and Acute Psych Units
Hospital Step Down Services
Inpatient Psychiatric Units
Outpatient Psychiatry & Therapy
*Maine Behavioral Healthcare manages mental health services throughout the MaineHealth system, including Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Health Care and Coastal Health Alliance.