Transforming Lives with Pediatric Behavioral Day Treatment Programs in Maine

We recognize the challenges that young individuals, and their families may face on the path to wellbeing. No two journeys are the same, which is why our Pediatric Behavioral Day Treatment is meticulously tailored to meet the individual needs of each child or adolescent. 

We offer transformative programs during both the school year as well as an intensive summer program to support the wellbeing of children and adolescents across the state of Maine. 

Learn more about the Pediatric Intensive Summer Treatment Program

Who is the Pediatric Behavioral Day Treatment designed to help?

Our Pediatric Behavioral Day Treatment program is tailored for youth who may be experiencing a range of mental health challenges. The program is designed for children between ages 5 and 18 or between kindergarten through high school. We cannot accept patients if they are in pre-K or if they are no longer in high school.

We address challenges that young individuals may encounter, from mood disorders to behavioral concerns and beyond.

  • Anxiety and Mood Swings: Youth facing increased anxiety, changes in mood, and emotional volatility.

  • Stress and Frustration: Youth struggling with stress, frustration, and anger, which may lead to withdrawal from social activities.

  • Adapting to Change: Youth who are finding it difficult to cope with sudden changes or disruptions in routine and the loss of normalcy.

  • Peer Support and Structure: Youth who require peer support, structured routines, and a consistent environment.

  • Transitioning Needs: Youth whose community-based services have changed or ended, necessitating continued support during the summer.

Our Pediatric Behavioral Day Treatment program is designed to cater to the diverse needs of youth and their families. At the core of our day treatment program is a holistic approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. 

At the heart of our care is a team of dedicated professionals, including skilled psychiatrists who lead the way in diagnosing and guiding treatment. With specialized training in pediatric behavioral health, our clinicians are equipped to provide evidence-based interventions that lead to positive outcomes.

A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is conducted promptly after the referral call, allowing us to create a tailored care plan that meets the unique needs of each child.


Pediatric Behavioral Day Treatment is Tailored Care for Every Need

Our Pediatric Behavioral Day Treatment program is a haven of structured support and growth opportunities for children facing diverse challenges. Designed to provide a safe and interactive environment, our program is here to help children thrive, even amidst the complexities of the school year.

With a Monday through Friday schedule, our program provides structured support during the day, offering a consistent and engaging routine. Our goal is to empower them to develop coping strategies, build resilience, and foster positive growth. 

We recognize that mental health encompasses a spectrum of challenges, and our program offers a range of services all in one place. From medication management to individual and family therapy, group therapy, and even occupational therapy, our comprehensive approach ensures that every aspect of a young person's wellbeing is addressed.

Four highlights about our pediatric behavioral day treatment programs include interactive group therapy, occupational therapy, care coordination, and an adventure-based curriculum.

Interactive Group Therapy

Our program offers highly interactive group therapy sessions, creating a space for open discussions and skill-building. Interactive group therapy can help support a sense of community, connection, and shared learning.

If needed, we can also provide Individual and Family Therapy sessions tailored to address specific needs and promote family wellbeing.

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Adventure-Based Curriculum

With a focus on outdoor activities and nature exploration, our program promotes physical activity and a sense of adventure.

We have both indoor and outdoor spaces for adventure-based team activities. We have a gym and indoor climbing wall as well as indoor garden room. Outside we have gardens, basketball courts, playgrounds, and a high and low rope course

Our curriculum offers opportunities for peer bonding and social development. Participants can connect with peers, fostering social interactions and meaningful relationships.

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Occupational Therapy

Qualified participants can benefit from occupational therapy sessions, both individually and in group settings.

Patients will be evaluated after they are accepted into the day treatment program.

Learn more about specific services offered in our pediatric behavioral occupational therapy.

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Care Coordination

For those eligible and interested, our program provides care coordination to ensure a seamless and holistic approach to wellbeing.

We work seamlessly with your child's school teams, case managers, and providers. We also collaborate with the Bangor School Department to ensure education continuity.

We also offer access to resources that support the whole family. We recognize that family support is crucial for youth's wellbeing. Our program extends its services to families, providing comprehensive support for a holistic approach.

From diagnosis to treatment planning, our team of experts collaborates closely with families to ensure that every aspect of care is personalized and effective. We are committed to helping young lives flourish, providing the tools and resources necessary for a brighter future. 

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Pediatric Intensive Summer Treatment Program

We believe that summer is an opportunity for growth, learning, and connection. The Intensive Summer Treatment Program is an innovative initiative designed to provide comprehensive support for youth's mental health and wellbeing during the summer months.

The 2024 Summer Treatment Program is from June 24 to August 9, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Patients in our program will need transportation to and from Northern Light Acadia Hospital in Bangor. If you do not have reliable transportation, our team can help in setting up transportation services for youth.

Our Summer Treatment Program is a dynamic and inclusive Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) led by our team of dedicated professionals at Northern Light Acadia Hospital. The program is centered around fostering positive development, enhancing social interactions, and equipping youth with essential coping skills. Our program offers a multi-disciplinary approach that addresses behavioral, social, and mental health concerns, ensuring that youth have access to the resources they need to thrive. 

Participation in the Intensive Summer Treatment Program is a step toward empowering youth with valuable skills and strategies for their journey toward wellbeing. Together, let's make this summer a season of growth, connection, and positive transformation for Maine's youth.

What does “Intensive” mean in “Intensive Outpatient”?

Our pediatric behavioral day treatment programs offer intensive outpatient care that goes beyond traditional approaches. “Intensive” is defined by the Center’s for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) which requires patients to receive behavioral services between 9 and 19 hours in a week and at least 3 hours of therapy within every 3 to 4 days.  

We understand that every young person's journey is unique, and our intensive outpatient program is designed to provide comprehensive and specialized support to make a lasting difference. The journey to wellbeing is a collaborative effort, and we are honored to walk alongside families on this path. Our program not only provides immediate support but also equips young individuals with skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Starting the Journey

We understand that seeking help can be a significant step, and we're here to make that journey as smooth as possible. Whether it's medication management, ongoing therapy, or enrollment in our day program, our team is committed to ensuring that each youth's care experience is personalized, supportive, and effective. If you're seeking a day treatment or intensive outpatient care that is tailored to your child's unique behavioral health needs, we invite you to explore our program.

As a trusted provider in Maine, we are committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children and adolescents. Our team is ready to guide you through the process and help your loved one embark on a journey toward healing, growth, and a brighter future.

To get started or learn more, please call our Behavioral Health Resource Center at 1-800-640-1211 or 207-973-6100. Our doors are open to Maine families seeking a transformative experience for their children.

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