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Sweetser Affiliate Network

Sweetser’s Affiliate Program includes individual and group counseling for clients with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.

Sweetser engages independently contracting licensed clinicians who are committed to working with Mainers struggling with a mental health and/or substance use disorder. Sweetser engages these licensed professionals to serve Sweetser clients in the communities where they live and work so that quality, accessible treatment is available to clients from childhood through adulthood in all parts of the state. The independently contracting licensed professionals include social workers, physicians, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors,and nurse practitioners.

PHILOSOPHY

The Affiliate Program is committed to a client-focused approach with the provision of high quality, community-based services in an ethical, reliable,and effective manner. Through this program, Sweetser advocates positive change in service delivery through the development of respectful relationships with clients, employees, other professionals, community, social services, and state agencies.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The Affiliate Program provides professional care for clients who do not require residential care, but who do meet the criteria for outpatient services. Individuals accepted for the treatment of chemical dependency are expected to have met the diagnostic criteria for a psychoactive substance abuse disorder, as defined in the DSM IV-TR, or other standardized and accepted diagnostic criteria.

This program offers a safe, structured, ongoing treatment program for those individuals who:

  • request treatment services as self-referrals; or
  • have recently completed community-based inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment; or
  • are referred by:
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of Health & Human Services
    • Employee Assistance Programs
    • Residential Substance Abuse Programs
    • 12 Step Recovery and Support Groups
    • Community-based Mental or Health Care Providers 

SERVICE DESCRIPTION

Outpatient therapy: Sweetser’s Affiliate Program provides outpatient therapy to adults and to children/adolescents. The clinicians provide a variety of therapy modalities, including individual, group, family, couple therapy for adults, and play therapy for children/adolescents. These services include assessment, diagnosis, service planning, and discharge planning. The clinicians (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Psychiatric Nursing) will be licensed with their respective licensing boards. 

Medication Management: The Affiliate Program also provides medication management to adult and to child/adolescent clients. The medication providers include Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Psychiatric), and Registered Nurses (certified in psychiatric nursing) and will be licensed with their respective licensing boards. The psychiatrists will provide supervision as needed and required. These services include assessment, diagnosis, service planning, discharge planning, managing medications, observing for side-effects, and health information. 

Psychological Testing: These services are provided by licensed psychologists and licensed neuropsychologists. These individuals are licensed to provide specific psychological testing and/or neuropsychological testing. These testing services include, but are not limited to: IQ, diagnostic, level of functioning, etc. 

Substance use Counseling: Sweetser utilizes various modalities including individual, group, couples, and family treatment, ensuring individualized treatment. Therapeutic approaches employed have included: short term or brief therapy; family and affected others therapy; addiction, early stabilization and relapse groups; and individual and group adolescent therapy. Substance use groups provide both therapeutic intervention as well as psycho-education about the addiction process and the affects on family members, co-workers, and friends. Open groups or closed groups may be offered depending on the need of the population being served. As examples, the groups may address topics such as early recovery or parenting in sobriety and may include women’s groups, men’s groups, committed recovery groups, seeking safety groups, and cognitive-behavioral or dialectical behavioral treatment groups.

 

DISCHARGE PLANNING AND AFTERCARE 

Discharge takes place when the client (and/or family) and the clinician reach consensus that identified treatment goals have been satisfactorily met. If any additional services are needed, the clinician will work to arrange those before terminating treatment with the client.

FUNDING

Principal funding is from MaineCare, Maine DHHS contract funding, private insurance, and client self-pay.

Joining Sweetser's Affiliate Network

For more information about joining our network of affiliated professionals, contact Janice Dubois at jdubois@sweetser.org or call the Sweetser PromiseLine at 1-800-434-3000.

What Our Clients Are Saying

I would just like to thank Chris Kerr and the entire staff at the Plymouth location for helping our children learn some "real-life" coping skills. Every other program we have been involved with just perpetuated the problem, generation after generation, by refusing to allow these kids to accept...

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