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Welcome to our self-care resource page

We are excited to share resources with our community and more information about Spurwink. If you attended our Self-Care for the Caregiver webinar, the webinar videos will be added to this page after October 6th.

Click below to listed to the full audio recording of the Self-Care webinar, hosted by Spurwink in October, 2020.

Learn about Spurwink! View the videos below to learn more about Spurwink.

Spurwink: Celebrating 60 Years

Samantha’s Story

Self-care resources

Resources for caregivers of elders

  • Caregiver Information, Support, and Options: We offer extensive resources that can help you in your caregiving. Resources include information on benefit programs, adult day programming, resources in the community, and more. A Family Caregiver Specialist can provide you with options to address your specific needs and help you plan for the future.
  • 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900 The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages. Our highly trained staff are knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
    Community Resource Finder: Get easy access to a comprehensive listing of Alzheimer’s and dementia resources, community programs and events. Community Resource Finder
    Care Consultation: Our professional staff provides free care consultation services by telephone, email or in person at our Scarborough office. Care consultations help people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and family members navigate resources, make decisions and plan to ensure the highest quality of life at every stage of the disease.: Support Groups: We offer family and caregiver support groups statewide that meet regularly.
  • The Family Caregiver Support Program provides elder care services and caregiver resources to caregivers of seniors, adult children with disabilities and grandchildren.

Additional resources

SPURWINK:  Going the Distance

Spurwink provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults, and families. Through an evidence-based therapeutic model and an entrepreneurial approach, Spurwink provides access to care in areas of great need in Maine:  mental health, trauma, autism, and intellectual and development disabilities.

Established as a program for eight boys in Portland in 1960, Spurwink has evolved to offer a full continuum of services for approximately 8,600 people across Maine each year. Spurwink’s vision of success is that those affected by behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities live healthy, engaged lives in their communities. The agency makes its impact through a variety of programs and services:

Children’s Education and Residential Programs:

  • Day treatment schools, combining special education and mental health services for youth, located in Portland, Lewiston, Chelsea, and Cornville;
  • Residential treatment facilities for children and youth with trauma and developmental and behavioral disorders who are unable to live safely at home;
  • Therapeutic preschool classrooms in Saco, focused on social-emotional learning and ASD.

Adult Services:

  • Adult residential care, supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs in agency homes and with shared living providers;
  • Community support services at multiple day program sites in York and Cumberland Counties.

Outpatient and Community Services:

  • Clinical services provided by a Spurwink-affiliated psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, and nurse practitioners;
  • ShifaME, providing services for refugee and immigrant youth and their families in Portland, Lewiston, and Biddeford;
  • Public school counseling in 59 schools across four regional hubs;
  • Spurwink Adult Behavioral Health, serving adults who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness and providing opiate treatment for adults;
  • Behavioral health homes, offering integrated mental health and medical care;
  • Functional Family Therapy intensive home-based treatment model to strengthen families;
  • Treatment foster care, placing children with special needs in homes with licensed adults in eleven Maine counties.

Other Services:

  • Spurwink Center for Safe and Healthy Families, Maine’s only forensic child abuse center, providing medical, psychological, and emergency evaluations for children and youth.