Senator Susan Collins Advocates for Improved Mental Health Services in Maine: A Look at Her Recent Visit to Maine Medical Center

Senator Collins highlights urgent demand for mental health support for Maine’s youth

Senator Susan Collins recently visited the new “Malone Family Tower” at Maine Medical Center to discuss the importance of mental health services in Maine. During her visit, she emphasized the significant need for mental health resources for Maine’s children, who often end up in hospitals during crisis situations. As part of her “Funding Maine’s Future” initiative, Collins obtained over $3 million for the Kita Commons Mental Health Facility in Acton, which aims to build a facility to assist youth impacted by suicide.

Collins expressed concern about children being left in emergency rooms due to lack of available placements, noting that emergency rooms are not the ideal place for those struggling with mental health issues. She emphasized the importance of providing safe and appropriate care in the right setting for children and individuals coping with mental illness to improve overall outcomes.

The Senator commended Maine Medical Center for their efforts in creating specialized rooms to stabilize mental health patients, leading to a decrease in workplace violence against healthcare workers. Additionally, she mentioned her work in securing funding for Acadia Hospital in Bangor to construct a pediatric wing, further enhancing mental health resources in the state.

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