Mental Health

Mental Health Services also known as Daily Living Skills (MaineCare Sect. 17) is a program for adults with a behavioral health diagnosis and/or clients with a dual diagnosis of behavioral health and intellectual disabilities. The program is designed to operate in the home to help adults with behavioral health and intellectual disabilities gain a greater independence.

Daily Living Skills

Daily Living Skills covered by MaineCare Sect. 17,  is a program for adults with a behavioral health diagnosis and/or clients with a dual diagnosis of behavioral health and intellectual disabilities. The program is designed to operate in the home of the client to provide maximum opportunity to learn skills in the natural environment.  The Daily Living Skills program supports individuals with maintaining their skills in areas such as cooking, cleaning, medication management, grocery shopping, financial management, socialization, managing appointments, developing coping skills, and increasing safety. Daily Living Skills program offers an individualized treatment plan based upon the individuals personal needs. This treatment plan identifies specific and realistic goal areas that are then incorporated into strategies that will support the individual in maintaining their skills. This treatment plan is implemented by Mental Health Rehabilitation Technicians, (MHRT-1).  MHRT-1 staff are carefully matched to the individual by the program manager. Each individual’s treatment plan is reviewed and revised quarterly to ensure progress is being made toward the goals and that the service has a therapeutic benefit. Direct Care staff must be twenty one years or older, with a high school diploma or equivalent. Experience working with individuals with disabilities or post secondary education is highly preferred. Independence Association   ensures that all support staff have safe driving records and valid driver’s licenses.  Criminal Background checks are completed along with Child and Adult Protective Background checks.   Direct Support Staff are trained in crisis intervention, CRMA and CPR/First Aid. Direct Support Staff also participates in a 35 hour Mental Health Support Specialist Course to achieve their MHRT-1 certification.  All staff are certified at either the MHRT-1 provisional level or the full MHRT-1 certification.  Full certification must be achieved within one year of employment and the certification must be maintained annually to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to the people we serve. Eligible candidates for this program must meet a level of care criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Axis 1 diagnosis
  • Active Mainecare
  • LOCUS Score of 17 or higher
Referrals can be made directly to the agency by contacting 725-4371