DDPC is one of the two state run public psychiatric hospitals in Maine and serves as the tertiary care hospital for adults with serious and persistent mental illness in the northern 2/3 of the state.
DDPC provides thorough interdisciplinary assessment, specialized and intensive care and treatment, and in-depth discharge planning for individuals for whom shorter hospitalization in private psychiatric hospitals is insufficient.
DDPC uses interdisciplinary treatment with treatment teams made up of psychiatric and medical Physicians, Nursing Staff (Registered Nurses, Acuity Specialists, and Mental Health Workers), Case Managers, Occupational Therapists, Recreation Therapists, as well as Psychologists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Rehabilitation Specialists, Peer Support, Clinical Therapists (LCPC, LCSW), a Clinical Dietitian, and a Chaplain as the patient needs define.
DDPC admits both voluntary and court committed patients. Inpatients are housed on coed units of 15 beds. Each patient has an individualized treatment plan that is designed to allegiate the problems that led to hospitalization and help the patient move towards a successful life outside the hospital. Treatment interventions include medications, education regarding illness management and coping strategies, and support, therapy and counseling to develop and practice new skills. These interventions are provided in a safe and therapeutic environment that aims to support health and recovery.
DDPC offers a variety of settings for active treatment. Much treatment is carried out on the residential units, but there are many off-unit treatment sites as well. A well-equipped gym and recreation and craft areas allow patients to develop or improve leisure interests and skills as well as physical well-being. Community activities and offerings may beincorporated into patients' treatment to support discharge planning.
DDPC provides outpatient services to a specialized population whose needs cannot otherwise be met by community services providers.