Recovery and Wellness

Helping Clients Make Their Own Lives


CHCS supports recovery for persons diagnosed with mental illness.  We offer clients a way to incorporate recovery into their daily lives. We recognize that there is more than one recovery model and that recovery is different for each individual. Through our services we hope to offer a way for clients to think about what recovery means to them and what it can look like in their daily lives. Our goal is to support clients as they begin this journey on finding their vision for their lives.

We offer Pathways to Recovery Groups which emphasize a strength-based, self-help approach to growth.The curriculum for these groups, Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook was developed at the University of Kansas and has been recognized as a leading method of promoting recovery from Mental Illness. More information is available here

In addition to the Pathways Groups, we have an ACT Team Peer Support Group, as well as a Writing Group. In November 2010, CHCS had an exhibit of Client and Staff Art at the Bangor Public Library.

An interesting article titled "Who is My Peer?" is available here

SAMSHA offers a  comprehensive resource for Revovery information here

CHCS has recently expanded its efforts in this area. For several years we have offered a Venture Group for helping clients explore the outdoors through organized camping trips to State and nearby National Parks.

We are now expanding into the area of Integrated Health Care by participating in the Beacon Community in the Bangor area and in a SAMSHA Integrated Health grant in the Washington County area. These programs bring greater connections to Primary Health Care as well as wellness educational opportunities.

Recovery and Wellness Spotlight

CHCS Article in SAMSHA Newsletter

SAMSHA Recovery to Practice Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 31

One Agency's Journey to Be Recovery Orientedby Mary Susan Haynes, Ph.D.In November 2002, Community Health and Counseling Services began a journey to implement Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed (CDOI) practice1 in its social work services. CDOI is a truly...

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CHCS Starts Beacon Project

September 16, 2010
CHCS Psychiatry Adds Nurse Care Managers to Bangor

CHCS is participating in the Bangor Beacon Community grant project. The project is designed to increase communication among healthcare providers in the Bangor area through two main tools: Funding Nurse Care Managers to work in partner sites so that...

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CHCS Mission

Community Health and Counseling Services will provide community health services that are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.