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