Our mission: Youth Alternatives - Ingraham partners with communities and individuals to deliver a full spectrum of social services and mental health care that begins prenatally and continues throughout the lifespan. Our programs advance healthier lives, happier families, and stronger communities. Who we are Youth Alternatives - Ingraham (YI) has its origins in two separate agencies: Youth Alternatives, which began in 1972 on Munjoy Hill in Portland serving children and families in need, and Ingraham, a behavioral health services provider for adults begun in 1967. Today, with more than 250 employees, Youth Alternatives Ingraham (the two agencies merged in 2007) is comprised of 30 integrated treatment, education, and advocacy programs serving more than 12,000 people annually.
YI serves children, youth, adults, and seniors; individuals, families, and communities throughout Maine. The agency provides crisis services, counseling, psychiatric services, medication management, case management, advocacy, residential treatment programming, and parent and family education. YI also provides services via a 24-7 crisis phone line and an information & referral service through 2-1-1 Maine. All of YI's programs aim to maximize the potential for people to be positive, engaged members of their families, communities and society.
Core Services: Case Management: We provide children and youth with a mental health diagnosis as well as their families support and help them to make connections to community based services. We help youth who are or at risk of homelessness stay safe and return home as soon as possible. We help youth in the juvenile corrections system by keeping them from reoffending. We help adults at risk of homelessness with serious mental illness to remain stable and integrated into the community.
Clinical Services: At our outpatient clinic, we provide psychiatric evaluation. We also provide people with serious mental illness counseling and medication management services.
Residential Treatment Programming: We provide supportive homes for adults with a serious mental illness. This includes permanent group care for an aging population of adults with chronic and persistent mental illness. We provide group homes and treatment to youth and adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. We provide homes for children and youth in state custody, involved in the juvenile justice system, or in family crisis situations. We provide therapeutic foster care for youth in state custody and evidenced based Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster care for youth in the juvenile justice system.
Crisis Prevention and Intervention: We provide a comprehensive 24-hour mental health crisis stabilization system offering information and referral, as well as phone and mobile crisis intervention. At our Broadway Crossings facility, we provide a short-term therapeutic residential alternative to hospitalization for adults experiencing a mental health crisis.
Parent and Family Education: We help at-risk families stay together or reunify and their children to return home safely. We help first time parents learn effective, healthy, and nurturing parenting skills. We provide an array of parenting classes focused on effective parenting of both children and teens. We provide housing and parenting education to homeless, pregnant or parenting teens and young adults.
Information and Referral: We provide 2-1-1 Maine, a statewide phone and internet based health and human services information and referral system. This easy-to-remember number helps people in accessing health and human services in their community.
Advocacy and Prevention: Through our Children's Advocacy Council, we advocate for child-friendly, family-focused policies and raise the awareness of and engage the community around child and family issues. Through our association with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, we help organize neighborhoods to build communities which safe-guard children. Through our Linkage Project, we promote awareness of the link between animal cruelty and human violence. We provide family and community mediation services to help resolve conflicts.