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Basic Information

Address: 899 Riverside Street, Portland, ME, 04103
County: Cumberland
Phone Number: 207-871-1200
Fax Number: 207-871-1232
President: Dawn Stiles
School Type: Special Education

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Additional Information

Founded: 1960
Ages/Grades: Males and females, ages 5-21; special education services grades K-12
School Size: Small
Classroom Size: Small
Student/Teacher Ratio: Low

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES: Day Treatment; Autism & Diagnostic Consultation Services; Therapeutic Preschool Program; Professional Development Center; ALLTECH; RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: Staff Intensive Treatment Program; Staff Intensive Youth Home; EVIDENCE-BASED COMMUNITY PRACTICES: Alternative Response Program; Case Management; Functional Family Therapy; Home- and Community-Based Treatment; Public School Counseling; Family Reunification Services Program; OUTPATIENT SERVICES: Child Abuse Program; Portland Help Center; Child Psychological Services; SERVICES FOR ADULTS: Adult Residential Services; Adult Community Support Programs; Spruce Point: Residential & Life Coaching; FOSTER CARE SERVICES: Treatment Foster Care; COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS: Augusta Boys & Girls Club for Teens; Compass Project

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After School Programs: Yes
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Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to provide quality services and supports that effectively meet the diverse needs of children, adolescents, adults and their families. Services are based upon determination of clients’ strengths, desires, and needs and include education, care and treatment.
The continuum of services is provided in a variety of community-based and agency-based settings. In all sites, our goal is to assist our clients in achieving their optimal potential in the least restrictive environment possible.
We respond to the changing needs of consumers, their families and state agencies through development of initiatives and on-going evaluation of current services.

School History:

Our 50-year tradition of caring and trust started with eight boys and a radically simple idea.
What followed was nothing short of wonderful.
In Maine, in 1960, children with special needs and their families had few places to turn for help. Imagine the drama of watching your child struggle to be happy, or calm, or safe. Imagine a family's frustration and sense of helplessness to see a child's best efforts countered by behavioral, emotional, or developmental challenges. That was the setting for the beginning of Spurwink. It's a story that began with the idea that maybe treatment for these children would be better in small, family-like settings instead of stark, impersonal institutions -- that true caring and trust could be the solution to helping young people find a way to surmount their personal challenges.