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Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services for Children and Adults with Developmental Challenges

The Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders serves individuals and their families through a continuum of care—from inpatient to outpatient settings. Our specially-trained providers have expertise in the emotional and behavioral needs of people with autism and other development disorders. We use evidence-based practices designed to meet each patient's unique needs.

The Three Pillars of our Nationally-Recognized Care Model

At every level of care, we use a team of professionals operating under one roof to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes for each patient. Using a single electronic health record, we manage patient care across all settings:

  • Specialized, inpatient hospital care
  • Partial hospital program
  • Intensive day treatment programs
  • Outpatient clinics

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Our innovative clinical research program taps into the expertise of our faculty and patient population to turn our clinical programs into learning spaces that generate new knowledge. This approach helps us ask better questions about the work we do and better serve our patients through a deeper understanding of autism and other developmental disorders. Current projects focus on:

  • Features of severe autism
  • Sleep disorders and circadian rhythm
  • Emotion regulation
  • Using wearable devices to measure arousal and predict challenging behaviors before they happen.

Learn more about our research program.

We are committed to developing the next generation of specialized care providers for people with autism and developmental disorders. We train professionals in social work, occupational therapy, applied behavior analysis, special education, clinical research and psychiatry. 

Learn more about our training program.

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Join a dedicated team that brings meaning and opportunity to people with autism and other developmental disorders.
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Your donation will directly support the advancement of care for people with developmental disorders. Call 207-661-6667 to learn more or give now through our secure web form.

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Clinical Research

Our clinical research program generates new knowledge of, and treatments for, people with autism and other developmental disorders. We use our unique access to dynamic clinical programs at the Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders to perform innovative studies in real-world settings.

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Maine Behavioral Healthcare Taps Experienced Professional from Maine University System to Lead Communications Team
Marc Glass, who has been a communications leader at the University of Southern Maine and University of Maine at Farmington, was named director of communications and public affairs at MBH.
MaineHealth to Require Care Team COVID-19 Vaccinations as Condition of Employment
As MaineHealth seeks to limit the spread of COVID-19, vaccination will be a requirement for employment, with very few exceptions, as of Oct. 1, 2021.
MaineHealth makes significant workforce investment, raising wages for its care team members starting Aug. 8
In addition to a base wage increase for nearly all employees, the minimum pay rate across the health system will rise from $14 to $17 an hour, and market adjustments will be made for hard-to-fill roles.
Collaborative Partnership Helps Brush Off Dental Fears for Kids and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders has joined with the University of New England College of Dental Medicine to provide dental care for patients and training for dental students to better meet the oral health needs of people with developmental disabilities.