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United Way Invests in Access to Behavioral Health Care in Southern Maine & Kennebec County

By August 28, 2023Blog

Spurwink is thrilled to be the recipient of three grants totaling over $60,000 from the United Way of Southern Maine and a new grant from the United Way of Kennebec Valley totaling $27,000 over two years.

As a community partner of the United Way of Southern Maine, three of Spurwink’s programs are working to address Thrive2027 goals in the community – ensuring that individuals and communities have the resources and access to services to achieve optimal health status and that every child has quality early learning experiences beginning at birth. UWSME funds Project NOW, a program of Spurwink’s Center for Safe and Health Families, aiming to increase identification and treatment of children experiencing commercial tracking and sexual exploitation. Additional funding enables youth in Cumberland and York County to reduce mental health symptoms, meet treatment goals, and have the resources and opportunities to achieve optimal health status regardless of social and economic barriers. In York County, Spurwink’s Therapeutic Preschool is directing UWSME funding to improve access and delivery of programming and supports by implementing innovative, evidence-informed approaches to individualized, early intervention and treatment in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with higher acuity behavioral health needs associated with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

This year, Spurwink is excited to launch a new partnership with the United Way of Kennebec Valley to ensure children and adults in Kennebec County will have opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors and leverage prevention and wellness services. With UWKV funding, Spurwink will improve access to behavioral health care for children, adults, and families in Kennebec County by allocating funds for treatments not covered by insurance, opening services for those waiting for Maine Care approval, and to prevent treatment delays or cessation of services for those that lose insurance coverage or are underinsured.

Our continued and new partnerships with the United Way make it possible for Spurwink to respond to community needs by providing behavioral health care, substance use disorder services and support services for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and their families. As Spurwink staff have shared of United Way funding, “They have helped support our clients and families in immeasurable ways these past few years.” Thank you, United Way!

If you’re interested in learning more about these programs or helping to support them, please reach out to Gabrielle Gallucci or Alayna Mladucky at 207-871-1200.