Sweetser will shut its Bangor and Belfast group houses later this 12 months.
The nonprofit psychological well being care supplier introduced Friday morning it intends to cease offering grownup developmental providers within the two cities, saying the applications have been working at a loss for years.
“This program is not financially sustainable given the present reimbursement charges and staffing difficulties,” stated Sweetser President and CEO Jayne Van Bramer, who took the helm of the company in June. “This shift will allow us to refocus our efforts on our core psychological and behavioral well being applications Sweetser is thought for in each nook of our state; offering help to just about 20,000 youngsters and adults every year.”
The group houses serve adults with developmental and mental disabilities and provides them the chance to reside in a neighborhood setting.
Sweetser started offering providers for adults with developmental and mental disabilities in 2017 for shoppers affected by chapter proceedings towards Getchell Company, which Sweetser acquired in 2018 for $2.7 million.
“The Developmental Companies staff has labored tirelessly to construct a powerful program and supply the perfect care attainable,” stated Melissa Camire, Sweetser’s senior director of developmental providers. “We’ve been proud to behave as a supplier of those essential providers and are doing every part we will to help our impacted workers and shoppers throughout this transition.”
The transfer will have an effect on 45 folks at present served by Sweetser, which is working with the Maine Division of Well being and Human Companies and different companies to make sure they proceed to obtain care. Sweetser will proceed to offer developmental providers to folks by different applications, similar to its youngsters residential and disaster providers.
That is the most recent program minimize the company has made in recent times. In 2019, Sweetser introduced it was ending its clinic-based remedy, supplied at 5 places from York to Lewiston, affecting about 450 folks.