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The McAuley model coming to Bangor

McAuley-Bangor-Thumbnail.jpgSubstance use disorder has touched every Maine community. Now, the Bangor area will have a resource for women, and women with children, modeled after Northern Light Mercy Hospital's McAuley Residence in Portland.

"Everything within the McAuley program is evidence-based and roughly 75% of women who enter our program remain in recovery,” according to Melissa Skahan, Mercy Hospital vice president of Mission Integration. “We make sure women re-engage in all positive aspects of their lives. We have remarkable outcomes with many moving on to fulfilling careers and higher education while caring for their children."

Mercy Hospital is currently working on a contract to start a similar home in Bangor with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which plans to contribute about $500,000 in funding toward the new location. A specific site has not been identified yet; however, the Bangor home would allow women to receive medication-assisted treatment in addition to several other services through collaborative relationships with area treatment providers. 
McAuley Residence is a comprehensive, two-generational program for families with housing who are seeking recovery from substance use disorder. It uses a holistic approach which ensures access to quality treatment, spirituality, parenting education, physical and emotional wellness, career and education support, financial responsibility, and recreation. This is done through McAuley’s professional staff providing individual coaching, psycho-educational and community groups, and collaborating with an external treatment team and community partners.
“We have seen the difference McAuley Residence has made in our community,” Melissa adds. “We’re excited to expand our model to reach more women in Maine who could use the support and resources we know can lead to successful and fulfilling lives.”