On the Front Lines

Acadia Hospital and the Bangor Police Department are working together to find effective ways to provide support to officers in the field who oftentimes find themselves confronted with an individual dealing with a mental health or substance use challenge. This fresh approach to de-escalation of potentially explosive interactions provides opportunities for individuals to be proactively managed so their situation doesn’t end up with a visit to the local Emergency Department. It also allows for earlier detection and intervention, providing a person in crisis with the right care at the right place and time.