Tri-County Mental Health Services is Maine’s most comprehensive agency dealing with the psychological and social well-being of children, adults, and elders. TCMHS serves about 10,000 individuals each year with innovative programs and services addressing mental health, substance abuse, intellectual disabilities, and more. Its philosophy of building toward recovery and sensitivity to traumatic experiences gives hope to individuals, families, and communities in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin and Oxford counties. For more information, visit www.tcmhs.org. or call 1-888-304-HOPE(4673).
At the forefront of innovations is Tri-County’s philosophy of “Trauma- Informed, Recovery- Based Care.” This approach has been embedded in the agency at all levels for more than six years. It is an approach that is now becoming a standard of excellence across the state and the nation. Very simply, it means that we do not ask ‘what is wrong with you’ but rather want to know ‘what happened to you’. It is an acknowledgement and understanding of the impact of trauma and violence on the lives of the people who rely on our services.
Trauma can be the result of many sources – physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, exposure to violent acts and natural disasters, to name a few. Left unaddressed, trauma can contribute to chronic, long term health and mental health problems. Without attention to trauma-informed principles, treatment itself can re-traumatize patients.
Tri-County has been recognized as a leader in trauma-informed services, as the State’s first pilot site for developing trauma-informed services for adults, and then as the lead agency in the six year THRIVE initiative which now provides training and assistance to organizations across the nation in trauma-informed care.
Tri County Mental Health was the first Federally-Qualified Community Mental Health Center in Maine and New England, and 60 years later, Tri-County Mental Health Services continues to be a progressive leader in service delivery as well as a vital link in Maine’s healthcare community. With Maine’s most comprehensive menu of services, most advanced evidence-based practices, and a staff of about 500 employees committed to excellence, Tri-County is looking forward to the next 60 years with promise, progress and pride.