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Maine Crisis / Crisis Resources

Updated: Jul 11, 2022


The mission of Maine’s system of care is to ensure immediate equitable access to welcoming, hopeful, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented behavioral health crisis services in the most supportive, least restrictive setting. We want to raise awareness of resources that are available to support youth and families experiencing a mental health crisis. While some young people may need to receive care in an Emergency Department, these crisis resources may make it possible to safely manage a young person experiencing behavioral health crisis in a community setting.





CRISIS HOTLINE: Maine Crisis Line


When a youth or family needs help in a behavioral health crisis, they can call or text the Statewide number to access the Maine Crisis Line (1-888-568-1112). A trained crisis worker will talk with them about their concerns and may dispatch a local mobile crisis responder or first responder to meet with the family/youth in the home/community setting, which is often the best and most appropriate place to be cared for, so long as safety is not a concern. When safety is in jeopardy, the Maine Crisis Line may encourage interventions as well. For individuals/families in the greater Portland area, Spurwink’s Crisis Receiving Center is available for individuals 14 and up, and it’s located at 62 Elm St. Portland, ME. Other services, such as a Crisis Stabilization Unit or inpatient hospitalization will be utilized when appropriate.

When a youth or family needs help in a behavioral health crisis, they can call or text the Statewide number to access the Maine Crisis Line (1-888-568-1112). If it is an emergency, please 911.
 
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