SOUTH PORTLAND -- Day One recently won a bid from Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) to serve youth from all over Maine at a residential treatment program in mid-Maine. Day One currently operates two homes in Southern Maine providing the same services and is Maine's leading agency preventing and treating youth substance abuse with more than 40 years of experience.
The new home in mid-Maine, on the historic Good Will-Hinckley campus, will serve up to 14 youth at a time from all over the state and is slated to open in mid-July. The six-month program serves youth ages 13-18 and addresses the underlying causes of substance abuse. The program will be modeled after the two treatment centers Day One operates in York County. These centers utilize evidence-based practices to address substance abuse and mental health issues. In addition to individual and group counseling, Day One clinicians provide family therapy to stabilize and strengthen family relationships.
Clients are required to take high school level classes from an accredited high school located on-site. Joanne Grant, Day One's Director of the Residential Program at Hinckley, notes that, "It is not uncommon for students to advance several grade levels while at Day One."
A regular part of the programming includes life skills training such as laundry, nutritious meal planning, household chores and budgeting. Clients also contribute thousands of hours of volunteer work each year to the local community and provide testimonials to other youth their age at area schools. "It's really important for clients to have a sense that they belong to a community and they have a responsibility to give back and be contributing members of that community," Grant said.
This new program is being delivered in collaboration with Crisis & Counseling Centers, Inc., an Augusta- based nonprofit serving individuals with behavioral health issues and the sole provider of crisis services for Kennebec and Somerset counties. Crisis & Counseling Centers will provide medical and psychiatric services as well as any crisis services that might be needed at the new location.
According to reports issued by the State of Maine, many Maine adolescents are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse disorders. The Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) reports that 50 percent of 12th graders have tried marijuana, 15 percent have abused inhalants, 24 percent have abused prescription drugs, 13 percent have used cocaine, 12 percent have used ecstasy, and 8 percent have even tried heroin.
Maine has consistently ranked among the top states with the highest drug dependence rate for young people. At Day One's two centers in York County, it is not uncommon to have a waiting list in the double digits as youth in need of intensive services wait for treatment.
Grant has seen lives transformed in her 18-year career working with youth. Young people who experienced alcohol or substance abuse issues have gone on to receive high school diplomas and college degrees, develop happy relationships and thrive in exciting careers. "It is so rewarding to hear from a former client who is now working full time and happily married with children," she said.
Indeed, many clients report that Day One saved their life. Day One is excited to expand its programming with the new residential location in mid-Maine. As Grant has seen firsthand, "Day One has the power to transform lives."
Day One, headquartered in South Portland, Maine, is a leading agency dedicated to addressing substance abuse and mental health issues among kids and young adults in Maine. Day One has been working with Maine youth and families, schools and communities for 41 years. It was selected as a Best Place to Work in Maine in 2013, 2010 and 2009. In 2012, the Maine Office of Substance Abuse identified Day One as having "a proven track record in providing services to substance abusing youth" and noted that "Day One is the only designated Center of Excellence dealing exclusively with adolescents." Day One's mission is to dramatically reduce substance abuse among Maine youth to help them live productive, healthy and rewarding lives. For more information about Day One, please visit day-one.org.
Crisis & Counseling Centers serves individuals with behavioral health needs, including substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders, and provides 24-hour-a-day crisis services to those in need. The agency also offers G.E.A.R. Parent Network to empower caregivers of children with behavioral health needs statewide and Maine Mothers Network for pregnant and parenting women using substances. For more information about C&C, visit crisisandcounseling.org or call central access at 207.626.3448 . If you are in crisis, call 1.888.568.1112 .