Intensive Residential Treatment

Volunteers of America Northern New England has two Intensive Residential Treatment & Housing programs for individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. IRT South, also known as Friendship Hill House, has 9 apartments in Biddeford where residents are staffed according to the need identified on an individual service plan. IRT North in Bangor has 9 units that support clients with 24/7, one on one staffing.

We support clients to transition to a more independent community setting.

Intensive Residential Treatment offers the skills and support needed by men and women who experience mental illness so that they may live as independently as possible in the community.

The focus is to structure life in a way that best promotes growth and wellness in a home environment.

Clients are encouraged to cope with the challenges of everyday living with increased independence by developing daily living skills, obtaining education, and learning how to manage symptoms with an individual treatment plan.

For more information about our IRT programs, please get in touch with Trisha Crockett,, for Bangor and Danielle Huntington,, for Saco/Biddeford. 

We are only able to accept referrals from the DHHS Mental Health Office.

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