The Kennebunk Police Department started its Behavioral Health Liaison unit in 2021. This program is an effort to support law enforcement’s response to those with behavioral health and resource needs in our community. Our Behavioral Health Liaisons (BHLs) are embedded within the Police Department, and can respond to calls for service with police to assist those who are in crisis or in need of support. They also follow-up on calls for service, support first responder wellness initiatives, as well as first responder peer support. They assist the town’s residents with matters including mental health, substance use, and resource needs. Some of the issues BHLs support residents around include referrals for services and supports, mental health crises, overdoses, bereavement, housing, heating, and family conflict.
If you need assistance or would like to receive more information, please contact our BHL-Rachel Schlein.
Additionally, the Town of Kennebunk’s Social Services Department page contains information on other community resources and can be found here.
Rachel has been a Behavioral Health Liaison at the Kennebunk Police Department since 2021. She has worked in the social services and health care fields for over 15 years, including in hospice, substance use treatment, and private practice.