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Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders

quote of support from parentThe Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (CADD) is a critical component of Maine Behavioral Healthcare's Developmental Disorders Program. Working in tandem with the intensive care developmental disorders unit and academy at Spring Harbor Hospital, the center offers Maine children, adolescents and their families a single source for comprehensive, coordinated treatment through a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, day treatment program and clinical research.

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Would you like to learn more about the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders?

Call: 207-661-3600

CADD Treatment and Programs

Our Approach

Our hospital and CADD treatment teams include child psychiatrists, behavioral psychologists, behavior analysts, case managers, physical therapists, nurses, social workers and special educators. All services are delivered by skilled professionals who specialize in the unique needs of children with developmental disorders.

Referral Documents

Please provide a copy of the most recent psychological testing and progress note from the current prescriber.

Please download this Welcome Letter and complete the Information Packet to refer your child for treatment at our clinic.

Download our provider referral form to refer a client for treatment.

Download our school referral form to refer a student to our day treatment program.

Questions about any of our forms? Please call 207-661-3600.

Our Programs

The CADD Clinic provides a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach for children with behavioral or mental health challenges who are living at home. Our goal is to provide a behavioral health home where families feel understood and supported as they help their children achieve their greatest potential. Services include: 

  • Child psychiatry
  • Behavioral psychology
  • Behavior analysis
  • Case management
  • Individual and family therapy

We accept referrals from the community and also provide follow-up services to continue the plan of care for children who have been served in the Developmental Disorders Program’s more intensive hospital or day treatment programs.

Our Day Treatment program provides integrated, intensive services for children and adolescents who are not succeeding in their current school setting due to emotional or behavioral challenges. The Day Treatment Program serves children and adolescents 5-20 years old who live within commuting distance and are either stepping down from our hospital program or are referred from their local school setting. Our goal is to provide a temporary treatment program in an educational setting that prepares the child to return to his or her home school. Children are cared for by an expert team of clinicians and educators, rooted in applied behavior analysis, that works with both the child and family to stabilize behaviors and enhance educational functioning across both school and home.

Comprehensive Assessment and Individualized Treatment

Each child receives a comprehensive assessment to identify target behaviors, mental health needs and developmental challenges. The evaluation explores psychiatric, medical, family and environmental factors that may be contributing to the problems. An individualized treatment plan is then developed to enhance each child’s ability to function at the highest level. Progress is reviewed with families and treatment strategies are adjusted to meet the changing needs and growth of each child.

Discharge Planning

Preparing children and their families to function well after our intensive treatment programs is a primary focus from the first day. We work to develop the skills of parents and other providers in a child’s life, secure necessary additional services and transfer knowledge and strategies to other settings, such as the child’s home school. 

Developmental Disorders Program at Spring Harbor Hospital

The Developmental Disorders program is composed of inpatient services at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, Maine and outpatient services at the Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders (CADD) in nearby South Portland.

Spring Harbor Academy

Spring Harbor Academy is a private school for children and adolescents who have been admitted to the Developmental Disorders Program at Spring Harbor Hospital. Located within the hospital, the academy runs 32 hours each week from Monday to Friday, all year long.
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We're finding new methods to treat autism and developmental disorders.