Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Exterior view of the Spring Harbor Hospital and Glickman Lauder Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders sign

Patients & Students

Coordinated Specialty Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Challenges

Our team of experts assesses and treats emotional and behavioral challenges in people diagnosed with developmental disorders such as autism. Comprehensive treatment services are provided at two adjacent care centers: Spring Harbor Hospital (inpatient program) and Glickman Lauder Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders (outpatient and education programs).

Our Services

Learn more about our services by watching a short video.

Outpatient Services

The mission of our outpatient clinic is to provide high-quality behavioral health treatment to individuals with autism and/or intellectual disability through an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach. Our target population is children, adolescents and adults who have an established diagnosis of autism and/or intellectual disabilities and are experiencing significant behavioral health challenges requiring a team approach to care.

All new patients participate in an assessment by a social worker or psychologist to gain understanding of the patient’s strengths and treatment needs. The second visit is with a psychiatrist who will assess medical needs and make recommendations for continued treatment which may include individual or family psychotherapy, parent teaching in behavior management strategies, case management, and/or group treatment.

The outpatient clinic also provides follow-up services that continue the plan of care for patients who have participated in our more intensive inpatient, partial hospitalization and day treatment programs.

Questions and Referrals

To access our services, we require a referral from the patient's primary or specialty care provider, such as a PCP, developmental-behavioral pediatrician or neurologist.

  • MaineHealth providers may refer through Epic
  • Non-MaineHealth providers may fax referrals to 207-810-4991

Questions? Please call 207-661-3600 and press 6 to speak with the referral specialist.

About Your Visit

We look forward to seeing you in our outpatient clinic where the goal is to provide the best possible experience for you and your family members. Before your first visit, we invite you to review the following materials that describe a typical visit to the center:

If you have not already done so, please also complete our Care Excellence form prior to your first visit. The information you provide will help us deliver the best possible experience for you and your family member.

We have designed our facility with the needs of people with autism and other developmental disorders in mind. Helpful resources located right next to our clinic waiting room include:

  • Family Resource Room: A Family Resource Specialist is available in this room during most business hours. They are there to support patients and their families with conversation and resources.
  • Relaxation Room: Our relaxation room is available for individuals who may need a quiet space to take a break while waiting for their appointment.
  • Behavioral Technician: We have a behavioral technician designated to outpatient services who can support patients in having a successful appointment.

You are welcome to use these resources as needed while visiting our clinic. 

Our K-12 program provides year-round, integrated, intensive services for children and adolescents with autism or intellectual disability who are not succeeding in their current school setting due to emotional or behavioral challenges. Services are provided in an educational setting that prepares the child to successfully return to their home school. 

Our expert team of clinicians and educators are rooted in applied behavioral analysis. We work with both the child and family to stabilize behaviors and enhance educational functioning at school and home. Care teams include:

  • Special educators
  • Behavior analysts
  • Social workers
  • Speech, occupational and physical therapists
  • Child psychiatrists
  • Specially-trained nurses

The program serves children and adolescents five - 22 years old who live within commuting distance.

Questions and Referrals 

School districts facilitate referrals through the IEP process. For more information, please call 207-661-3600.


The preschool program provides year-round, intensive, evidence-based treatment for children with autism aged three - five years old. Our highly-trained special educators utilize applied behavior analysis with integrated speech, occupational and physical therapy; nursing; and social work services to support every child.

Care team members work with children and families to acquire skills for school readiness, behavioral regulation and social communication. Our program partners with families so that learning strategies can extend into the home and become part of daily routines.

Questions and Referrals 

Child Development Services (CDS) facilitates referral through the IEP process. For more information, please call 207-661-3600.

Our early intensive behavioral intervention program, (also known as the Systematic Treatment and Early Parent Partnership for Maine or STEPP Maine) provides year-round treatment for children under the age of five with an established of autism. The program provides team-based care that includes:

  • Board-certified behavior analysts
  • Registered behavior technicians/behavioral health professionals
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Occupational therapist

We focus on establishing core communication skills and independence in daily routines. Partnership with parents is a key ingredient in achieving the best outcome for each child. We help parents and home caregivers apply structured approaches to learning and growth.

Questions and Referrals

Children can be referred by their doctor or through Child Development Services. MaineHealth doctors can refer through EPIC. Early intensive behavior intervention accepts commercial insurance and MaineCare (section 28). Our team will support the family with the enrollment process.

For more information, please call 207-661-3600.

The purpose of our Family Advisory Council is to provide a platform for families and patients to highlight the aspects of service which are important to them. The GLCOE is pleased to engage these families as partners in the work we do, and to help guide service delivery.

Committee members include:

Melissa Cucinotta
Mary Haibon
Christyna McCormack
Angela Stewart

Interested in learning more? Please contact Jodie Hall, 207-661-3600.

Our Community Advisory Council provides valuable insight and guidance for our priorities, challenges and opportunities—with a focus on remaining responsive and engaged with our community. The council functions as an advisory body in support of the mission of the Glickman Lauder Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders.

The council includes parents and grandparents of adults and children with developmental disorders, individuals with a developmental disorder, and representatives of state and national advocacy organizations, nationally recognized treatment centers, Maine state agencies, the boards of Maine Behavioral Healthcare and MaineHealth, and program leadership.

Committee members include:

  • Kelly Barton, MPH, FACHE, President, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Jay Collins, Self-advocate, Maine community member
  • Cathy Dionne, Executive Director, Autism Society of Maine
  • Colleen Foley-Ingersoll, Senior Director, Developmental Disorders Service, MBH
  • Tami Goldsmith, Parent, Maine community member
  • Elizabeth Hopkins, Associate Director, Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services
  • Bryan King, MD, Vice Chair for Child Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco
  • Donna Murray, PhD, Vice President, Former Head of Clinical Programs, Autism Speaks
  • Wendi O’Donovan, Parent, Maine community member, Co-Chair of COE Capital Campaign
  • Nancy Pond, Grandparent, Maine community member, Co-Chair of COE Capital Campaign
  • Erin Soucy, Parent, Maine community member
  • Lucy Tucker, Board Member, Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Jessica Wood, Children’s Behavioral Health Manager, Department of Health and Human Services 

Contact Us

Outpatient Services
37 Andover Road
Portland, Maine 04102
Phone: 207-661-3600
Fax: 207-810-4991

Inpatient Services
Spring Harbor Hospital
123 Andover Road
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Phone: 207-661-6347

Inpatient Services