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AMHC history exhibit on display at UMFK

November 7, 2003

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An exhibit that explores the history of community mental health services for people in need throughout the country, as well as the story of the region's nearly 40-year-old regional provider, Aroostook Mental Health Center is on display through November 14 on the campus of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

The display, located in the lobby of Cyr Hall at UMFK, features a photo and text exhibit describing services provided by AMHC, a timeline of major developments in the four decade existence of the organization, and informational material about the history of community mental health services and what is currently available in the County.

Since it was incorporated as a private non-profit organization in 1964, AMHC has evolved into a behavioral health and speech and language service system. The service system offers a comprehensive continuum of care.

Services include prevention, education, consultation, emergency and crisis intervention, assessment, outpatient and residential treatment, employer and student assistance, vocational, housing, and transportation services.

AMHC has also embraced the principles and technology of managed care and is working to develop strategic partnerships with managed care organizations and others in service to the community to develop programs that are sensitive and responsive to consumers.

The regional mental health care provider currently employs more than 300 employees and operates several community service and specialty service sites that operate under the auspices of Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc. and Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC).

AMHC covers an area of 6,400 square miles in Northern Maine, and serves thousands of individuals annually.