Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Monday that her administration is investing $3.5 million into substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in Kennebec and Washington Counties.
The investment comes as the most recent data from the Maine Attorney General’s Office reports more than 8,259 drug overdoses and 513 fatal overdoses in 2023 as of October.
From January through October 2023, Kennebec and Washington Counties reported a total of 901 overdoses, and 70 fatal overdoses — together accounting for almost 15 percent of the state’s total overdose fatalities in 2023.
The $3.5 million investment — appropriated by the State Legislature — will fund a first of its kind SUD Receiving Center and Medically Monitored Withdrawal ‘Detox’ program in Kennebec County, featuring a 10-bed withdrawal management program and a walk-in receiving center for triage services, referrals, wound care, and medication management.
The legislative appropriation includes a one-time $400,000 investment for the development of the center, and an additional $1.6 million for its ongoing operations.
At least 40 percent of the Kennebec SUD treatment center will be available to individuals covered through MaineCare.
In Washington county, $1.5 million is being made available to help fund the renovation and start-up costs related to new or expanded SUD residential treatment beds.
“These investments, along with the collaborative work being done by our local partners, will help ensure that more Maine people suffering from substance use disorder can access the treatment they need to begin the lifelong path to recovery,” Gov. Mills said in a Monday press release.
“My Administration will continue to work in partnership with the Legislature and the recovery community to prevent and treat addiction and to save lives,” Mills said.