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ABOUT ST. MARY’S HEALTH SYSTEM
The behavioral health department of St. Mary’s Health Systems of Lewiston, Maine treats adults, adolescents, and children. The facility offers outpatient-based treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental conditions. Short-term inpatient detox is available on-site, as well as short-term inpatient care for youth struggling with psychiatric disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
If necessary, inpatient detoxification lasts three to five days. Clients participate in individual and group counseling that focus on healthy living and leisure, relapse prevention, illness education, and coping skills. Once stable, clients leave with an aftercare treatment plan, which may include transitioning to a less-restrictive level of care.
Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an adult intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which meet four days a week. The facility is one of only seven facilities in Maine to offer a PHP. Clients will participate in group and recreational therapy and 12-step programming. Clients also receive medication management, psychiatric assessments, and aftercare planning.
St. Mary's is part of the 15.1 percent of facilities in Maine to provide a dedicated program for adolescents. An intensive outpatient program, as well as inpatient psychiatric treatment, is available for youth aged five to 18. The facility also offers a program for grieving teens and children.
In addition, the St. Mary’s Renaissance School offers specialized academic instruction. The school provides kindergarten through 8th-grade instruction that offers clinical and medical care in conjunction with educational services. Students received individual treatment plans that includes group and individual therapy.
Staff includes board-certified psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and registered nurses, along with licensed clinical social workers, professional counselors, certified recreation therapists, and behavioral technicians. St. Mary’s also employs a board-certified chaplain.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Located on the campus of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s offers a hospital setting for treatment. To date, the 12 individuals polled on the matter generally appreciated the facility's overall cleanliness.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.7/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Overall reviews from alumni were mixed. In general, clients offered neutral average ratings for counseling options, the staff's level of experience and training, though offered a higher rating for the likelihood they'd recommend the facility.
Common complaints included understaffing, outdated facilities, and a lack of physical or extracurricular activities. One anonymous alumni described the hospital as “kinda just a place to detox.” However, two alumni did leave praise for St. Mary’s. One alum wrote: “I am still sober...it gave me a great head start,” while alum K.H. added: “St. Mary's Rehab saved my life. I'm still sober thanks to them, AA & God.”
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.4/5
Counseling Options: 3.2/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.2/5
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from six loved ones to Rehabs.com revealed mostly positive ratings for St. Mary's. The loved one ones generally appreciated the staff's aptitude, as well as the facility's counseling options and family participation.
Strengths that loved ones cited include treatment for adolescents and strong counselors, but a few loved ones pointed out weaknesses, such as a poor client-staff ratio and a program skewed toward mental health treatment rather than specifically substance abuse. One anonymous grandparent wrote: "It was my granddaughter who was there as a young teen. She now says that it was a good experience and she's glad she went. She learned a lot and was helped with her depression."
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Family Participation: 3.7/5
Counseling Options: 3.3/5
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date left no commentary, but rated St. Mary's just one out of five stars in most metrics measured, including its holistic treatment offerings and its connectivity/visitor policy.
St. Mary's estimates on its website that the median cost for substance abuse treatment is $7,888, while uninsured clients pay $2,997. Both HealthGrove and CiteHealth report that St. Mary's accepts Medicaid and private health insurance. In addition, it is one of 102 facilities in Maine that accepts Medicare.
St. Mary's has earned a DNV GL- Healthcare Accreditation demonstrating that it "meets or exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services."
According to a recent article in the Sun Journal in order to fight the growing shortage of nurses in the state, St. Mary's hired experience nurses from The Philippines to fill more than half of their 20 vacancies.
Published on December 2018
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