Addiction Services

If you are in need of addiction services and/or have questions regarding our programs, please call 207-324-1137.

We help people who are struggling with substance addiction.

An essential element of York County Shelter Program’s mission is to help people solve the core issues that led to homelessness.

 When people come to the shelter, we pair them up with a navigator, a person who will help them ascertain the reasons and circumstances that left them with nowhere to go.

 Our navigators connect residents to the support and services that will help them heal.

 Our staff includes substance abuse counselors, mental health counselors, and a psychiatrist who helps guide people who may require medication. We have a substance abuse outpatient program for people who have completed treatment. We also have a residential treatment program that is a unique partnership with York County’s District Attorney’s office. (See below.)

 We are more than simply a shelter.  We help people face and overcome the issues that led them to homelessness. We have been helping our neighbors for 40 years.

 To learn more about our services, contact our Clinical Services Director Jennifer Ouellette at 207-324-1137 or

 Layman Way – A Unique Recovery Center

Layman Way Recovery Center in Alfred is an extraordinary place.

This six-month residential treatment program extends a hand to people who have been incarcerated for charges directly related to their drug or alcohol use. Untreated, it is likely the substance abuser would continue to use alcohol or drugs once released from jail – and perhaps end up in jail again. In an effort to break this cycle, the York County Shelter Program partnered with the county’s district attorney’s office and county government to create the recovery center, which opened its doors May of 2018.

Layman Way is unique in Maine as it is supported by local taxpayers through county government.  Its founders had initially sought state and/or federal funding, but discovered that no monies were available for the recovery center they envisioned.

Here’s how Layman Way works:  individuals who are jailed for alcohol or drug use and are considered non-violent, and also may be incarcerated because they lack financial resources to make bail, are screened for referral.  With approval by the district attorney and a judge, an individual moves to the Center, which can house up to 24 individuals, and the program to serves men and women. The Center residents receive intensive support, which includes  group and individual counseling,  12-step support, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Young People in Recovery, medication assistance treatment (MAT) (medication for people withdrawing from opiates,) family support groups, mentor programs, and case workers who help residents plan for life following graduation. The Center also provides after-care, with counseling and support available for those who have successfully completed the program.

YCSP Clinical Director Jen Ouellette says that this program provides multiple opportunities for change, growth and life enrichment.  It is not just about ending substance abuse; it is also about creating a new life. The Center continually integrates new opportunities for residents. For example,  a local adult education program –  Massabesic Adult Education in  Waterboro –  is offering classes and help for people interested in obtaining their high school diploma or enrolling in college. A volunteer also offers fitness classes, a piece of wellness that many of the participants have never experienced. Parental Education, a reading group, and pet therapy are also offered, thanks to the support of local individuals and agencies who volunteer their time. 

“We are providing opportunity for recovery, in a supportive community, to individuals who would otherwise not receive treatment,” Jen says. “It is a substantial investment by the taxpayers of York County, who have shown their support by funding Layman Way. For those who have completed the program, they have been given a life-saving intervention that undoubtedly has made an impact on them. I am honored to be part of this innovative approach to combatting substance abuse disorder and to see firsthand the gratitude they express.”

To learn more about our services, contact Clinical Services Director Jen Ouellette at 324-1137 or