Mission: The mission of Day One is to improve the health of Maine by providing substance use, mental health and wellness services to youth and families.
Geographic areas served: Maine
Programs: Residential services - Day One's 6-month treatment program, located in Hinckley, New Gloucester, and Buxton, Maine, offers an intensive therapeutic community for male clients (ages 13-18) from throughout maine. A 6-month program, located in buxton, maine offers an intensive therapeutic community for female clients (ages 13-18) from throughout maine. Combined, these two programs can serve up to 13 adolescents at any given time. A residential facility in hinckley is opening in july 2014 which will accommodate up to 14 adolescents. Residential services - day one's 6-month treatment program, located in hollis, maine, offers an intensive therapeutic community for male clients (ages 13-18) from throughout maine. A 6-month program, located in buxton, maine offers an intensive therapeutic community for female clients (ages 13-18) from throughout maine. Combined, these two programs can serve up to 13 adolescents at any given time. A residential facility in hinckley is opening in july 2014 which will accommodate up to 14 adolescents.
community-based programs - a variety of services are available to assist adolescents and their families in establishing ways to make healthy choices around alcohol and drug use. These services include individual, group, and family counseling; intensive outpatient counseling; aftercare services for graduates of the residential programs; outreach to homeless youth; and case management for youth with serious emotional and behavioral needs. Screening, assessment, and treatment services, when appropriate, are provided on-site in several schools.
juvenile justice programs - substance abuse evaluations and a comprehensive array of treatment services are provided at both the long creek youth development center in south portland and mountain view youth developmental center in charleston. These services are designed to treat adolescents and young adults who are in custody and to help reintegrate them back into their communities.
prevention/intervention services - includes the natural helpers of maine program that trains and supports a network of peer listeners in maine high schools.
The staff at Day One do an amazing job working with the youth of Maine. Everyday I am inspired by their willingness to go above and beyond what is expected by making a personal connection and providing life changing help to thousands of young people!
Youth are vulnerable and oftentimes need, or could use, help from outside their family and community to avoid or deal with substance abuse. Resources for providing help are limited and dwindling, presenting another challenge to the safe development of our son's, daughters, nieces and nephews.
For decades Day One has been a stable provider and leader in the effort to promote education, prevention and treatment of substance abuse amongst youth. Addressing the threat from many directions (home, community, schools, judiciary, corrections and more) Day One provides alternatives to address the diversity of individual and family needs.
Alcoholism was ramped in my parents generation and with many of my relatives, including my father. When my children began matriculating into their teens and I became aware of the level of abuse within our community, observed the denial amongst parents, questioned the effort of law enforcement, parents and the schools to address the growing problem and mourned the tragic loss of drunken teens in automobiles, I knew this was nothing like the partying with which I was familiar growing up. I worked to revitalize a local community group that had floundered only to watch it fade away again over time. Lack of resources, lack of continuity, and the absence of a true community effort continue to undermine local populist efforts.
Day One has the experience, resources and commitment to help communities and individuals. I became a member of the Board of Directors almost two decades ago because it was obvious this non-profit agency was a leader with a genuine mission. They provide quality services, are proactive in developing and adapting to new/alternative treatment, and most importantly focus on their clients and potential clients needs, not on financial profit. The agency and staff are in sync together, living the mission. Few organizations can even begin to match the credentials and personality of this bedrock in our community's and state's efforts to weather this storm and help our youth avoid the destruction posed by substance abuse.