BANGOR- One item on the agenda at Monday night’s Bangor city council meeting focused on an addition to the Bangor Police Department.
The department is hoping to create a substance abuse case manager, who will act as a liaison for those battling substance abuse and addiction and are finding themselves in trouble with the law.
“You know, if we could catch people early in the beginning of things, then of course, like anything else, that’s the ideal time. And I think that’s really our goal here,” said Patty Hamilton, director of Health and Community Services.
A few years back, the council introduced a mental health liaison and has seen success with the addition.
In conjunction with Acadia Hospital, officials hope to get people the help they need before they find themselves behind bars.
“I think it’s the direction we need to go on a lot of things in terms of getting people the treatment first,” said Council Chair Joe Baldacci.
The chief of the Bangor Police Department is set to meet with Acadia Hospital this week to begin to work out the details.