St. Mary’s Health System

St. Mary’s Health System

ABOUT ST. MARY’S HEALTH SYSTEM

The behavioral health department of St. Mary’s Health Systems in Lewiston, Maine, treats adults, adolescents, and children. Services include outpatient substance abuse treatment, inpatient detoxification, and treatment for co-occurring mental conditions.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Inpatient detoxification lasts three to five days. Clients will participate in individual and group counseling that focus on healthy living and leisure, relapse prevention, illness education, and coping skills. Clients will leave with an aftercare treatment plan.

Outpatient options include a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an adult intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which meet four days a week. Clients will participate in group and recreational therapy and 12-Step programming. They will also receive medication management, psychiatric assessments, and aftercare planning.

An intensive outpatient program, as well as inpatient psychiatric treatment, is available for adolescents and kids aged five to 18, along with a program for grieving teens and children. St. Mary’s Renaissance School for kids kindergarten through 8th grade provides clinical, medical, and educational services. Individual treatment plans are used in conjunction with group and individual therapy.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Staff includes board-certified psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and registered nurses, along with licensed clinical social workers, professional counselors, certified recreation therapists, and behavioral technicians. St. Mary’s also employs a board-certified chaplain.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Located on the campus of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s offers a hospital setting for treatment. Twelve reviewers to date rated the center’s accommodations and amenities an average 3.6 out of five stars, its meals and nutrition 3.9 stars, and its cleanliness 3.7 stars.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Overall reviews from alumni were mixed. Five alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date rated St. Mary’s an average 3.2 stars out of five for counseling options and staff experience. Common complaints from alumni included understaffing, outdated facilities, and a lack of physical or extracurricular activities. One anonymous alumni described the hospital as “kinda just a place to detox.”

Two alumni did leave praise for St. Mary’s. One anonymous reviewer told Best-rehabs.com: “I am still sober…it gave me a great head start.” Alum K.H. wrote: “St. Mary’s Rehab saved my life. I’m still sober thanks to them, AA & God.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Reviews from loved ones show mostly positive ratings for St. Mary’s. Six loved ones to date rated the facility highest in staff’s level of experience and training at four out of five stars followed by affordability at 3.8 stars and family participation at 3.7 stars. They rated the facility lowest in holistic treatment offerings at 2.8 stars then connectivity and counseling options at 3.3 stars.

Strengths that loved ones cited include adequate treatment for adolescents and strong counselors, but a few loved ones pointed out weaknesses such as a poor client-staff ratio and a program skewed toward mental health treatment rather than issues of substance use. One anonymous grandparent wrote: “It was my granddaughter who was there as a young teen. She now says that it was a good experience and she’s glad she went. She learned a lot and was helped with her depression.”

WHAT STAFF SAY

The only staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com to date left no commentary, but rated St. Mary’s just one out of five stars in most metrics measured, including its holistic treatment offerings and its connectivity/visitor policy.

FINANCING

St. Mary’s estimates on its website that treatment for alcohol and drug abuse costs $7,888, while uninsured clients pay $2,997 Both HealthGrove and CiteHealth report that St. Mary’s accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance.

Reviews about St. Mary’s Health System

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  • Ive been a patient numerous times,im impressed by the staff
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  • The facility needs much improvement.
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  • There is always someone who understands you
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  • Faculty does as much as possible to help. Meals are good. Not enough doctors to spend enough time with patients with mental issues. More questions towards recovery issues asked.
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  • I was in there for anxiety, and recapturing depression, and thoughts of suicide, and med. Check. I can see locking things up for safety reasons, and theft. But what I don't agree is the way they search your belongings without your presence. I can see them dumping you things out on a desk in front of you, removing any sharp items, or no prescribe medications.. But I don't agree with them going through your personal, letters, and things that don't cause anyone harm, . I was there for thoughts of suicide. No to hide or seek shelter, but for help dealing with what was on my mind. I went on my own to get emotional help, and felt very violated with the way things were conducted. I like that hospital as far as care hose for injuries and treatment go but on the social side of things. They can use a little help. My option, sorry, but no thanks.
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  • Had good exercise and leisure activities but has many areas of improvement.
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  • Geared well toward treatment of young people. It was my granddaughter who was there as a young teen. She now says that it was a good experience and she's glad she went. She learned a lot and was helped with her depression.
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  • I am still sober...it gave me a great head start
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  • the counseling was good but a weakness was staff, a little understaffed and no place for physical activity. I didn't know what to expect going in, nothing was explained to me prior to admittancel
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  • councilors were good but to many patients.
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  • was close to where i lived. kinda just a place to detox felt rest was up to individual they did well to monitor and treat withdrawl...but lacked activities to keep you occupied i felt
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  • It's outdated and limited in many ways. It's feels more like a daycare for the mentally unstable than a treatment center.
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  • St. Mary's Rehab saved my life. I'm still sober thanks to them, AA & God