Health Affiliates Maine (HAM) is a statewide mental health and substance use agency founded to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to support mental health professionals.
With our network of clinicians, case managers, and Behavioral Health Home teams, we provide outpatient therapy, substance use counseling, case management, and psychiatric treatment to people of all ages. For individuals, we work to normalize the reality that all of us struggle at some point with mental health or substance use issues.
For mental health professionals, we work as an advocate, insurance biller, and red tape navigator, so they can focus on what matters: helping Mainers build resilience and reach their potential.
Health Affiliates Maine believes that we all struggle at times with mental health or substance use issues. Our mission is to empower and support Maine’s mental health professionals so that they may help individuals to enhance their own quality of life. By removing barriers that stand between Mainers and their access to mental health services, we build healthier communities.
By recognizing that all people are affected by mental health and substance use issues, we will reduce the stigma associated with accessing such services, thus increasing the opportunity for all people to participate in their own journey to wellness.
In September 2010, Andrea Krebs, LCSW, and a passionate group of like-minded women decided to create a new kind of mental health agency. Tired of mandated quotas and bureaucracy, their aim was to support the work of clinicians by building a flexible, collaborative alternative, thereby allowing mental health providers to focus on their most important work: their clients.
The agency has since grown to be a highly respected licensed Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment agency, with over 300 affiliate clinicians and 80 case managers serving clients in every county in Maine.
In 2013, Health Affiliates Maine was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing small businesses, one of only thirteen named in Maine.
Andrea Krebs, Executive Director, shares her philosophy:
“I believe that we are all on a continuum of mental health; there are times in our lives when we are healthy, and times when we are less healthy. The ‘journey’ indicates that we have ups and downs, obstacles and leaps in our journey to wellness, just as our clients do. In our work with clients, our journey is impacted by theirs, and their journey is impacted by ours, and that is why it is a shared experience. It works because when clinicians and case managers are supported in striving for excellence and ethical practice, the people who need help benefit.”
-Andrea Krebs, Executive Director