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Crisis & Counseling Centers receives $15,000 technology grant
By Courtney Yeager Crisis & Counseling Centers
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:07:33 AM

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AUGUSTA -- The Davis Family Foundation recently announced that it will award a $15,000 grant to Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) for its "EHR (Electronic Health Record) Without Walls" project.

This vital grant will help the agency provide wireless connection to the state information exchange for its workers in the field. This technology will allow crisis workers who are often in remote areas of the state and caring for individuals who are experiencing acute crisis to understand as much about the individuals they are serving as possible in order to provide the best treatment possible.

"When we pioneered mobile crisis in 1982 we were the first in the state using two-way radios. Today we're leading the way using secure internet connections, laptops and remote signature pads. It's incredible what has happened over the years," said C&C CEO Lynn Duby.

Crisis & Counseling Centers is a community behavioral health agency providing a wide range of services to individuals and families experiencing mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The agency is the sole provider for crisis services in Kennebec and Somerset counties, staffs a 24-hour-a-day Crisis Mobile Triage program, staffs four Crisis Stabilization Units, and offers extensive outreach.

In addition, C&C operates G.E.A.R. Parent Network, a statewide family run program designed to help caregivers of children with emotional health conditions, and a correctional health care program operated out of Kennebec County Correctional Facility (KCCF).

Crisis & Counseling Centers is one of eight Maine agencies that have collaborated on purchasing and implementing an EHR system. The collaborative effort is a program of Integrated Service Solutions of Maine (ISS), which was created to increase efficiencies and serves as a pilot that can be adopted by a wide range of agencies throughout Maine.

The Davis Family Foundation is a longtime C&C partner, having awarded grants in the past to offset the staggering costs of implementing the EHR system. In 2011, the foundation contributed $20,000 to support the ISS collaborative, which researched, purchased, designed and implemented the behavioral health information management system.

"We are able to make these technological leaps because of funding partners like the Davis Family Foundation, and we cannot thank them enough for making this investment in C&C and the people of Maine," Duby said.

For more information about C&C, call central access at 207.626.3448 or visit crisisandcounseling.org. If you are in crisis, call 1.888.568.1112.

Courtney Yeager
Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator
Crisis & Counseling Centers
10 Caldwell Road
Augusta, ME 04330
Direct: 207.213.4523
www.crisisandcounseling.org


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