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Integrated Behavioral Health

Acadia’s Behavioral Health Integration program adapts an evidence-based model of collaborative care to most effectively serve the population of each individual practice, provider and patient. As integrated providers, we are guided by principles of team based care that include shared goals, clear roles, mutual trust, and effective communication. Our model is consultative and supports primary care and other medical providers to provide comprehensive, whole patient care within their practices.

Jesse Higgins, PMH-NP, Director of Behavioral Health Integration

PMH-NP, Director of Behavioral Health Integration Jesse Higgins, RN, MSN, PMHNP, is the Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. An Acadia provider since 2010, Jesse has practiced consultative psychiatry in a family medicine practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center since 2011. She developed and directs a program of integration that leverages licensed clinical social workers and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners on-site and via telehealth in outpatient medical practices across the state of Maine to maintain high standards of quality for all patients.   
 
Jesse has participated as a clinical leader in Maine Quality Counts’ Patient-Provider Partnership: Medication Decisions in Behavioral Health; Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative, and Capacity Building for Compassionate Tapering pilots. She is a national speaker on topics that include integrated behavioral health, shared decision making, and underlying causes of opioid use disorder. Jesse continues to pursue excellence in integrated care as an active member of several hospital and community committees, in which she advocates for policies that embody and promote compassionate, collaborative, whole patient care.
 
Jesse holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a graduate certificate in Health Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Primary Care and Integrated Behavioral Health from the U Mass Medical School, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Southern Maine.
 
In her spare time, Jesse enjoys exploring and adventuring with her husband, three daughters, and new puppy.

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