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WMTW Channel 8: Governor Mills proposes Living Room Crisis Center in Portland be replicated in Lewiston

By February 22, 2024March 4th, 2024News

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It’s an alternative place to go for people experiencing a mental health crisis in Portland, and the model could soon be replicated in Lewiston.

The Living Room Crisis Center in Portland is run by the non-profit Spurwink along with the Office of Behavioral Health.

Immediately when you walk into the center, you are greeted with couches, armchairs, and a skylight in the middle of the room.

You’ll find a similar setup in any of their private meeting rooms.

Megan DuEst is the Program Director at the Living Room Crisis Center. She says it all has a purpose.

“Sometimes there’s a lot of stigma associated to reaching out for care. We’ve been very intentional about what our space looks like, how we offer services, how we’re including people in our decision-making,” she said.

Gov. Janet Mills recently proposed a supplemental budget, which includes funding to start a similar center in Lewiston.

“We’ve struggled with the capacity with what the state has for behavior health services right now, there’s a really long waitlist,” DuEst said. “If we can provide some sort of interim support or care in the moment that is sometimes enough for people.”