Tri-County Mental Health Services announces new program managers

LEWISTON – Tri-County Mental Health Services has announced the addition of two new program managers to the senior leadership team.
Barbara Alberda, a Lewiston resident, joins Tri-County as the program manager for the Social Learning Center in Lewiston. Hiram resident and licensed clinical professional counselor Jennifer McCarthy, who holds a doctorate in education, joins Tri-County 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.
“We are so pleased to have such experienced and accomplished staff joining our team,” said Kelly Bickmore, chief clinical officer. “Both Barbara and Jennifer will be assets to our existing programs and will add depth of experience and enthusiasm.”
Alberda earned her bachelor’s degree 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, Alberda 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.
McCarthy earned a doctorate health profession education from A.T. Still University, a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Salem State College, and master’s in elementary education from Boston University School of Education. She is a Maine licensed clinical professional counselor. McCarthy started her mental health career as assistant director of disability services at North Shore Community College in Lynn and Danvers, Mass., continuing on to conduct group and private practice psychotherapy. She was a behavioral health consultant at Sacopee Valley Health Center, and most recently, 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.
Tri-County’s mission is to offer hope to the people of Maine by providing trauma-informed, integrated services that promote whole health and wellness. It is a nonprofit federally qualified community mental health center with nine service sites for children, adults and families throughout Western Maine.