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By November 27, 2017January 16th, 2018Press Release

Portland, ME – Spurwink Services and Community Partners, Inc. (CPI) are pleased to announce their intent to merge the two behavioral health organizations on January 1, 2018. The combined organization will retain the name Spurwink Services and will continue each organization’s strong legacy of providing exceptional service to Maine people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD), autism, and behavioral health and medical needs. Merger is pending required regulatory approvals and a successful merger process.

“Our Boards of Directors are delighted by the benefits to the community offered by this planned merger. Our missions are fully aligned and both organizations have reputations for high quality, client-centered services,” shared Alistair Raymond, Chair of the Spurwink Board of Directors. “Together, we will be able to offer a full continuum of care and services from early childhood through a person’s lifetime, and meet a wide range of behavioral health, IDD and medical needs.”

Eric Meyer, Spurwink’s President & CEO, added that “the merged organization will honor and celebrate the powerful legacy of service provided by CPI since 1967. Our combined organization will be better able to provide critical behavioral health services, improve client care, and continue to deliver community-based services to clients throughout the state.”

Francoise Paradis, CPI Board Chair, adds: “There is a great deal of synergy between the clinical models of CPI and Spurwink. Employees from both organizations offer depth of experience and passion, and the merger will enhance the services available to individuals and families.”

Spurwink is a nationally accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with 57 years of experience providing educational, residential and community-based services for people with emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. Starting with a home for eight boys in 1960, Spurwink has developed a comprehensive array of services to meet the emerging and varied needs of children, youth, and adults across Maine. With locations from Biddeford to Cornville, Spurwink offers educational services through four K-12 day treatment schools and a therapeutic preschool; residential programing that offers care and treatment for children and youth who are unable to live safely at home; Spurwink’s Child Abuse Program that provides forensic child abuse evaluations and treatment; adult services that include day treatment and residential programming; Spurwink’s Mental Health Center that provides outpatient mental health services in Portland for adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness; and an array of outpatient and community services for children, adults, and families in schools, homes, and other locations across Maine.

Since its inception fifty years ago, CPI has provided direct support services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and autism and their families.  Programs provide group and independent living, health care, personal and vocational supports. Individuals are supported residentially with a variety of housing options, ranging from supported independent living to licensed facilities in communities throughout southern and central Maine.

Note to Media: Contact Kristen Farnham, Vice President of Development, at or 207-871-1211 x 2186 to request additional information or to schedule an interview.