AMHC brings neuro rehab to Houlton
HOULTON, Maine — The Center for Integrated Neuro Rehab, a program of Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc., has announced that it now offers services in Houlton as well as Caribou.
“Traumatic brain injuries are more common than many people think,” explained Pamela Searles, OTR/L,CBIS, Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Manager. “In Maine alone, on average every week, there are nearly 200 TBI-related hospital emergency department visits.”
Searles said, “At CINR, we work with individuals to assist them with gaining more skills in the areas of physical function, language/cognition, social/emotional wellbeing, and more independence with life skills. We want people to know that there is hope and help in overcoming the challenges associated with traumatic brain injury.”
Until recently, the center’s neuro rehab services have been offered at its facility located at 159 Bennett Dr. in Caribou. Recognizing the transportation challenges for clients living in southern Aroostook, treatment is now offered at AMHC’s Houlton Outpatient Office at 11 Mill St. on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Brain injuries are most commonly sustained through falls, as well as strokes and motor vehicle accidents. Since 2007, the center has supported hundreds of individuals and their loved ones. They address intellectual, emotional and social functioning deficits to increase a brain injury survivor’s maximum recovery.
Services may include psychological services, group therapy, family support groups, physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as community reintegration.
Fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the center is currently accepting client referrals. Contact them at 207-498-3820 for more information and/or to learn more about eligibility requirements.
Celebrating more than 55 years, AMHC is a nonprofit organization supporting nearly 6,000 clients annually. The agency has 26 service sites and 325 employees located across Aroostook, Washington, and Hancock counties providing mental health, substance use, crisis, sexual assault services and brain injury services (Aroostook County). For more information, connect with AMHC at www.amhc.org.