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Three steps toward independence

OHI History

OHI's services are transitional, meaning their purpose is to help people with disabilities move ahead from wherever they may be — at home with parents, in an institutional or hospital setting, in a group living situation — toward independent living within their communities.

Professional Development

Learning experiences which inspire people to make a difference

Professional Development

OHI’s Professional Development (training department) is seen as one of the premier training facilities in the central Maine area. Even though we are a human services organization, we do offer training appropriate for all industries. Unless otherwise indicated, courses and seminars begin at 8:30 a.m. at 240 State Street, Twin City Plaza, Brewer. OHI offers group discounts for training. For more information, please contact Jonathan Allen at 605-1221.

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Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

We believe that with the right combination of support services, everyone can move ahead, successfully reach their goals, and work toward their full potential — and we see it happen every day.



At OHI, we know people with mental illness often have a hard time finding safe and affordable housing. Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders can make it even harder. We see it all around us, every day.

Case Management

OHI offers case management services for adults with intellectual disabilities through Community Case Management and adults with mental health challenges, or mental illness and substance abuse challenges (co-occurring disorders) through Community Integration Services.

Community Case Management

OHI is approved by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to provide community case management for adults with intellectual disabilities in six Maine counties -- Penobscot, Piscatiquis, Somerset, Hancock, Washington, and Waldo.

We have a two-fold purpose at OHI: To offer people with disabilities the opportunity to make life choices and set their own goals; and then to provide the resources they need to work toward those goals.

Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services

Intellectual & Developmental Disability

With the help and support of OHI, people achieve their own personal milestones. OHI guides and teaches life lessons to help each person in their community. Emotional management and assistance in helping people establish strong relationship with friends and community members also is encouraged through OHI.

Behavioral Health Home Services

Behavioral Health Home Services provide a team-based approach to the integration of physical and behavioral services. It supports adults with mental health challenges who also want support to improve their physical health and to provide coordination among all their service providers. It also adds an Intentional Peer Support component to assist people in developing natural and peer supports in the community. Service recipients may be living alone or in a group home setting, or homeless. A Behavioral Health Home is not an actual building, rather a home that helps coordinate services.

Team Approach

The Behavioral Health Home team consists of a Health Home Coordinator who acts in a case management capacity, an Intentional Peer Support Specialist and a Nurse Care Manager. The team consults with primary care and psychiatric providers. Through assessment and care plan development, supports can include:

  • Identifying needs related to physical and behavioral care, housing, education, vocation, finance, socialization and development of natural and peer supports.
  • Coordination of care among physical and behavioral services.
  • Crisis planning and management.
  • Inclusion of family, cultural and religious supports.
  • Identifying, obtaining and maintaining resources and benefits in the community as they relate to identified needs.
  • One-on-one and group peer support

Daily Living Support Services

This service helps adults with mental health challenges, or mental health and substance abuse challenges (co-occurring disorders), who are struggling with activities of daily living. Service recipients can be living on their own, with family, be homeless, and, in some circumstances, be living in group living environments.

Tailored to individual needs

Through the process of assessment and treatment plan development, interventions are tailored to meet individual needs with the overall intent of assisting the individual to maintain the highest level of independence possible. This service helps the recipient remain oriented, healthy and safe. Without these supports the recipient would likely not be able to remain in the community and/or would require crisis intervention and hospitalization. People supported are encouraged to include natural supports in their treatment planning and ongoing goals, as well as the development of additional natural supports. The opportunity for peer support is provided and encouraged through groups such as consumer forums, walking groups and with an Intentional Peer Support Specialist. Support may include:

  • Personal supervision and support to develop and maintain the skills of daily living
  • Medication cueing
  • Appointment support
  • Modeling, cuing and coaching for meal preparation, home cleaning/organization and following a budget
  • Community and social integration