BANGOR — A new mental health facility is up and running on the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center campus that will serve elderly patients with mental health issues.
In 2017, the Lepage administration proposed building a privately run facility to treat people found guilty of crimes by “reason of insanity.”
Due to it being private, if issues arose the city and the state would’ve been responsible for managing it.
“When I was mayor I was able to stop LePage from building a barbed wire facility right on the Hogan Road. It was going to be right next to people’s homes and it was going to be a detention facility for people that had been charged with criminal conduct,” said state Sen. Joe Baldacci, D-Bangor.
This new facility is for elderly patients who have severe psychiatric issues.
Baldacci said this addition will serve the public and is a good thing for the area.
“There’s a real shortage of these type of services, not only for senior citizens but for people of all ages,” he said.
Together Place Executive Director Sean Faircloth said an even greater investment must be made in mental health services.
“This region, and the numbers back this up, is facing more mental health challenges in Maine, more per capita than other parts in the state,” said Faircloth.
Baldacci said this is a silver lining during the pandemic.
“In a time when there isn’t a lot of good news, this is good news, a step forward. We need to keep moving forward, in providing quality and decent health care to all senior citizens and all Mainers,” he said.