FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2014
Contact: Bevin Theodore
Director of PR & Communications
KidsPeace combining education, therapeutic services in
new day treatment program in East Millinocket
The organization is also expanding wraparound services through Bangor Foster Care and Community Programs.
E. MILLINOCKET -- KidsPeace is combining education and therapy in a new day treatment program for special education students who previously had to travel great distances to receive services.
KidsPeace has collaborated with East Millinocket School District to lease a wing of Schenck High School to begin providing a day program like what is offered on the organization's Graham Lake Campus in Ellsworth. The program will bring jobs to the school district, which has seen declining enrollment, while also meeting a need for public school students who need a more intensive educational setting.
The program can take up to 20 students, in grades one through 12, and they will be referred from area public schools. Many of these children previously spent more than an hour each way on buses to get to appropriate educational and therapeutic programs. In addition to individualized education, the children -- who have autism or other social, emotional or behavioral disorders -- will receive services that include social skills training, occupational and speech therapy and individual or family therapy.
Renovations are being wrapped up on the educational space, and hiring will begin in the next couple of weeks. Denise Hamlin, Director of Education for KidsPeace New England, said the expansion of services allows KidsPeace to expand its footprint to help families.
"It allows families who might otherwise have had to put their children in a residential setting, to now rely on day treatment," she said.
In addition to the day treatment program, KidsPeace's Foster Care and Community Programs office in Bangor will begin offering similar wraparound services -- including community-based behavioral health, clinical services and targeted case management -- to children in need. This will allow children to have a more seamless transition from school to community services.
For 132 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit www.kidspeace.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org or on Twitter @KidsPeace.