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     Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS) in Lewiston is pleased to announce the addition of two new program managers to the senior leadership team. Barbara Alberda, a Lewiston resident, joins TCMHS as the Program Manager for the Social Learning Center in Lewiston. Jennifer McCarthy, EdD, EdM, MS, LCPC, a resident of Hiram, joins TCMHS as a Program Manager with oversight over several child and adult outpatient mental health, substance use and opioid health home, and integrated behavioral care services. Kelly Bickmore, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer, says, "We are so pleased to have such experienced and accomplished staff joining our team. Both Barbara and Jennifer will be assets to our existing programs and will add depth of experience and enthusiasm."

     Barbara earned her BA in Communication Disorders from the University of Washington. She started her career in Maine as an Administrator with Community Partners, Inc. in Lewiston, continuing on to become Clinical Coordinator. Most recently, Barbara spent eight years as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional with Spurwink Services. She has received multiple public health and service awards for her work. Community service is important to her, highlighted by her 12-year commitment to the Dementia Caregiver Support Group she founded and facilitates.

     Jennifer McCarthy earned her EdD in Health Profession Education from A.T. Still University, an MS in Counseling and Psychological Services from Salem State College, and an MEd in Elementary Education from Boston University School of Education. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Maine. Jennifer started her mental health career as Assistant Director of Disability Services at North Shore Community College in Lynn and Danvers, MA, continuing on to conduct group and private practice psychotherapy. She was a Behavioral Health Consultant at Sacopee Valley Health Center, and, most recently, Jennifer was the Senior Coordinator/Lead for Behavioral Health for New England at Healthcentric Advisors. Her work has been published multiple times, and she has conducted dozens of onsite and webinar presentations.

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     Catherine Ryder, LCPC, ACS, Chief Executive Officer of Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS), is increasing her involvement with Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA) this month by assuming a Board member position. Mental Health Corporations of America is an invitation-only national association of behavioral healthcare organizations with a mission and vision dedicated to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in behavioral healthcare by enhancing leadership and strategic connections.

     Jeffrey S. Barkin, MD, Tri-County Mental Health Services' Board President, says of Ms. Ryder's appointment, "In the many years I have known Catherine, I am continuously impressed with her compassion, intelligence, and leadership. I am very proud of her joining the MHCA board and know how much she has to offer given her keen knowledge of healthcare."

     Ms. Ryder has been with Tri-County Mental Health Services for 28 years, serving as Chief Executive Officer for the past nine. Tri-County Mental Health Services was a founding member of Mental Health Corporations of American in 1985.

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     Jennifer Pelletier LCPC, CCS of Poland has assumed a Program Manager position at Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS). This comes after exceeding expectations in her current role as Program Clinical Supervisor of Community Based Services and Outpatient Counseling in Oxford Hills and Bridgton. Catherine R. Ryder, CEO, says, "We've watched Jennifer shine in her role over the past few years, and feel she will be an excellent addition to our senior leadership team. We look forward to working closely with her, to expand and enhance the clinical care we provide to the people of Maine."

     In her role as Program Manager, Ms. Pelletier will be overseeing Behavioral Health Homes for the agency in Lewiston, Bridgton, Oxford, Farmington and Rumford, as well as overseeing outpatient services in both Oxford and Bridgton. She will strive to ensure the delivery of high quality services in the most efficient and fiscally responsible manner.

     Jennifer has been with Tri-County Mental Health Services since 2013 when she earned her Masters' degree in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Her Bachelor's degrees are in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Trinity College. Ms. Pelletier started her career as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, providing family-orientated, home-based therapy for children, adolescents and families affected by emotional and behavioral difficulties. She is also a valued committee member of the Children's Advocacy Center of Oxford County.

     Prior to joining TCMHS, she was a Program Director of Norwich House, a Foster Family Clinical Support Worker with Spurwink, and an Acute Rehab Social Worker with CMMC.


     Dr. Paul Vinsel of West Bath has joined Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS) as a physician prescriber for its Opioid Health Home Service in Lewiston. Catherine R. Ryder, CEO, says, “Dr. Vinsel is a well-respected, experienced emergency physician with a passion for helping individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) get well, recover and live fulfilling healthy lives. We are fortunate and very pleased that he has joined our team.”

     In addition to his work at TCMHS, Dr. Vinsel practices as an emergency department staff physician at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and as the physician lead for the emergency induction medication-assisted treatment program at Bridgton Hospital in Bridgton, funded by a TCMHS grant from the United Way of Greater Portland.

     Dr. Vinsel is a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He received the Magnet Physician Award from Southwestern Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont. Dr. Vinsel is licensed to practice medicine in Maine, Vermont and New York and received his medical degree from the University of New England.


     Timothy Kenlan, Esq. of Lewiston has joined Tri-County Mental Health Services Board of Directors representing Lewiston. Mr. Kenlan is a litigation and trial attorney at Berman & Simmons, PA where he has a busy personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, and civil rights practice.
     Catherine R. Ryder, CEO, says, “Tim Kenlan is a wonderful addition to the Tri-County Mental Health Services board and brings welcome legal expertise and leadership skills. We are fortunate that he shares a passion for Tri-County’s mission and interest in helping us achieve our service goals.”
     Mr. Kenlan earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine, School of Law where he was on the Dean’s List, the Maine Law Trial Competition Team, and earned the Faculty Award for Trial Advocacy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University where he majored in Russian Language and Literature and Music Performance. His other active board participation includes the Trinity Jubilee Center and the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.

Safe Syringe Disposal

Tri-County in its leadership capacity for the CommUNITY Recovery coalition initiative has been successful in obtaining the City of Lewiston’s approval for placing syringe drop boxes throughout the city.  City councilors approved the 15 new receptacles at Tuesday night’s meeting, adding Lewiston to the growing list of cities across the country opting to do so.  

by Samantha York | September 3, 2019 

Project Support You

Check out the Sun Journal's press release about TCMHS and the Lewiston Police Force's partnership to learn more about how Project Support You is benefiting the community. Many thanks to our friend and colleague Officer Joe Philippon for his ongoing dedication. 

by Jon Bolduc | June 9th, 2019 | Photograph: Lewiston Police Badge

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CCSME Recognizes Catherine Ryder 

On May 8th, 2019, Pat McKenzie, CEO of CCSME presented Tri-County Mental Health Service’s CEO Catherine Ryder with a Collaboration award for its Community Recovery Partnership. 

by Jamie Owens | May 29, 2019 | Photograph Left: McKenzie, Right: Ryder

Bates Recognizes Catherine Ryder for Outstanding Leadership

On May 8th, 2019, the Bates Harward Center for Community Partnerships recognized Catherine Ryder, CEO of Tri-County Mental Health Services, with a Community Partnership Award for Outstanding New Initiative, the Community Recovery Partnership. 

by Jamie Owens | May 29, 2019 | Photograph by: Alanna Gallagher

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Jesi Michaud (Occupational Therapist, Chief Clinical Officer) and Nicole Garant (LADC, CCS, Substance Use Disorder Clinical and Grant Supervisor talk about the CommUNITY Recovery program to treat opioid use disorder. TCMHS is also offering Medication Assisted Treatment and recovery coach training. by Gleason Board Ops | Apr 8, 2019 | Breakfast Club Podcasts


Make sure to take a moment and read about this past collaboration that's receiving a second chance. 

Complements of our friends at the Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME

Have you got a minute to listen to Jesi Michaud, Director of Clinincal Services and Carrie Gosselin, Manager BHH, outpatient care, and substance use disorders of talk about Tri-County's programs? Great! Click below for the full interview on Maine's Big Z 92.7!


Take a minute and check out our Board President, Dr. Jeffrey Barkin, as he talks about the active shooter game and video game violence on News Center Maine.


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