Mental Health Services
About the Program
Youth who are at risk of homelessness are a diverse population facing multiple challenges, and they need flexible mental health care. New Beginnings’ services all focus on engaging and building relationships with young people who are not connecting well other places. The traditional model of keeping a weekly therapy appointment has not worked well for the youth we serve, so in 2015, New Beginnings became licensed to provide mental heatlh services.
New Beginnings now provides outpatient counseling, groups, and mental health case management services, with a focus on vulnerable adolescents and young adults. We can work with people who are homeless and/or have experienced abuse, trauma, violence, or loss, as well as depression or other diagnosis. We welcome clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexual or gender identity, and have expertise working with family issues, serious family conflict, DHHS or foster care involvement, and family mediation. We accept Maine Care and self-pay.
Our non-judgmental clinicians focus on building on a young person’s strengths, at their own pace, and at times and locations that work for them – all with the goal of promoting the young person’s mental health, safety, connection, and personal growth.
Power Source Plus
Power Source Plus is a 12-session curriculum designed by New Beginnings to improve the emotional literacy and mental health of young people who are at risk for homelessness. Each hour-long session of Power Source Plus includes mediation and mindfulness skills training, followed by a group activity teaching youth how to notice, understand, and respond to their emotions in different situations. The curriculum was adapted and enhanced by New Beginnings and CERES Associates from the 11-session Power Source psycho-educational program originally developed by the Lionheart Foundation for highly at-risk or incarcerated youth.
New Beginnings’ pilot-testing of the Power Source Plus curriculum over 18 months found statistically significant improvements in mental health outcomes for youth who participate in 9 or more sessions. As part of New Beginnings’ mental health services, youth in all of New Beginnings programs can now participate in weekly Power Source Plus groups.
To learn more about Power Source Plus:
- Read the New Beginnings newsletter cover article from Winter 2016, which includes youth testimonials about the benefits of mindfulness
- Review the research results of the Power Source Plus Project Summary (190 KB PDF for Download or text version below) and on the poster (751 KB PDF) New Beginnings presented at the 2015 Runaway & Homeless Youth National conference.
For more information about bringing Power Source Plus to your school or youth organization, please contact the Director of Mental Health Services at 207-795-6048 x210.
Get in Touch
Phone: (207) 795-6048 ext. 210
Address: 436 Main Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Meet the Staff
Mental Health Services Director