Behavioral Care

Northern Light Behavioral HealthTake care of your complete health, don't neglect your mental health. 

Northern Light Behavioral Health provides the services you need to ensure you're living your best life.

We have a range of treatments for children, adolescents, and adults dealing with mental illness. We provide these in settings that are relaxed, comfortable, and as discreet as you need. Sometimes even in your own home. 

Read about our services below, and take control of your health and your life.

We provide addiction care and substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents and adults.

  • Substance abuse treatment

  • Smoking cessation

  • Addiction recovery support

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Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the association between behavior and health. The primary aim is to restore and enhance function to optimize quality of life regardless of the health challenge. Regardless of what health challenges you are facing, we work with you to make changes that improve your quality-of-life. 

  • Areas of research and clinical practice include chronic illness (cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, etc.), pain, symptom management, disease prevention and wellness.

  • We use evidence-based (research validated) cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other methods to promote health behavior change.

  • Integrated Behavioral Health

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Northern Light Health counseling services include one-on-one counseling, crisis counseling, school-based counseling, and ambulatory services.

  • One-on-one counseling

  • Grief counseling

  • Crisis counseling

  • Child and adolescent counseling

  • School-base counseling

  • Ambulatory Services

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Although most of us expect to be healthy and independent in old age, chronic diseases begin to take their toll on resilience, morale, and daily function. Problems with mood and memory are common. By age 80, more than 20% of seniors will have significant problems with depression, dementia or both. Many others will struggle with anxiety, sleep disorders, and drug and alcohol dependence.

Northern Light Behavioral Health offers specialized care to address the needs of seniors through expert diagnostic assessment and treatment in coordination with primary health care and community services. Our goal is always to reduce suffering and improve independent functioning in those with conditions such as depression or dementia. To achieve this, we address the many mental, physical and social issues associated with advanced age that can affect comfort and function.

Our Geriatric Behavioral Care services consists of outpatient care in the Mood and Memory Clinic, hospital and nursing home consultation, research clinical trials, and education for families and health care providers. When necessary, we provide physical, speech, and occupational therapy and close coordination with primary care physicians and nurses.

Mood and Memory Care

Our mood and memory care services relies on nurses, nurse practitioners, a psychologist, and geriatric psychiatrists to provide a comprehensive initial evaluation and make as accurate a diagnosis as possible. Our staff also coordinates with the patient’s primary care physician and specialists to provide an effective and safe treatment. Our services are covered by Medicare, MaineCare, and most private insurance.

Hospital and Nursing Home Consultation

Northern Light Health provides consultation to regional hospitals and nursing homes through telemedicine linkages to help in the assessment and treatment of older adults with severe mood disorders or dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Clinical Trials

Through our clinical trials program, we offer our patients access to new experimental therapies in Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. These trials not only provide the very latest in therapeutic medications, but they also help the entire field of Alzheimer’s research as we search for a cure.

Educational Services for Geriatric Behavioral Care

Our speaker program will provide regional trainings for professionals and seminars on aging-related topics to the general public. We also host clinical rotations and electives for undergraduate and graduate students in medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, and pharmacy.

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Northern Light Health Inpatient Behavioral Care services include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), cognitive behavioral therapy pain treatment, research, and clinical trials.Inpatient...

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Our pediatric behavioral health services are based in scientific evidence. They are family and youth focused and designed to make a life-long difference for your child. 

  • Youth Services

  • Inpatient Child and Adolescent Services

  • Intensive Outpatient and Pediatric Day Treatment Services

  • Inpatient pediatric behavioral care

  • School-based counseling

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Are you having a Behavioral or Mental Health Crisis?

If you are experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis, please contact the Behavioral Health Resource Center at Northern Light Acadia Hospital any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at 1.207.973.6100. If you or someone you care about is having thoughts of suicide or thoughts of harm, please call 911 or one of the following numbers. Caring people are standing by to help.
For Veterans:
  • Maine Military Assistance Hotline (for those currently serving): 1.888.365.9287