Summer Treatment Program

Northern Light Acadia Hospital’s Summer Treatment Program is an intensive day program for children and adolescents who experience emotional, psychological, and social conflicts as the result of behavioral health difficulties due to a mental health diagnosis. The goal of our program is to reduce barriers that too many kids face today and help them in identifying and maximizing their strengths – which leads to more positive experiences at home, at school, with their families, and in the community.

Acadia Summer Treatment Program

Our Summer Treatment Program runs Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm (closed July 4th) 

To register or make a referral, contact our Behavioral Health Resource Center at 207.973.6048.


Key features of the Summer Treatment Program:

  • Group therapy, social skills curriculum, and engaging activities.
  • Pet therapy with our robotic seal, Gato!
  • A developmentally appropriate group setting with trained facilitators consisting of Psychiatric Clinicians and Occupational Therapists.
  • A board-certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist on site for assistance each day as needed.
  • A variety of mental health groups and activities with emphasis on anger management, family life, social skills, and life skills.
  • Health and wellness components including Acadia’s climbing wall located right on site and our healthy Food and Nutrition program, including work in our therapy garden!


Who is the Summer Treatment Program for?

Acadia has treatment options for all kids with a mental health diagnosis ages 5 and older.

  • Kids experiencing increases in anxiety, mood lability (changes in mood), frustration/anger, stress, and who are more withdrawn than usual
  • Kids who are struggling with the sudden changes of their routine and the loss of normality
  • Kids in need of peer support, structure, and consistency that the program provides
  • Kids whose services through community-based programs have changed or ended


This highly structured program is facilitated by trained professionals offering:

  • Highly interactive group therapy
  • Adventure-based curriculum with a focus on getting outside into nature
  • Occupational Therapy (group or individual for those who qualify)
  • Onsite programming available for certain age groups
  • Care coordination (for those eligible and interested)
  • All insurances and MaineCare accepted
  • Transportation assistance available for MaineCare patients
  • Referrals to our case management program, Behavioral Health Home (if needed)
  • Individual and family therapy (if needed)

To participate, a child only needs reliable transportation to and from the program.

Need help? Our team will assist in setting up transportation services for eligible youth! Ask us for more information. 

We hope to welcome your child to our Summer Treatment Program this summer!
Download our 2024 Summer Treatment Program flier (PDF 449 KB)