Residential Treatment for Children and Teens

Calais Children’s Residential Treatment Program


AMHC Calais Children’s Residential Treatment Program is accepting admission of children ages 7-19 who are exhibiting moderate to severe behavioral problems and children with problematic sexual behaviors.  These programs specialize in treating, caring for and helping children with acute, emergent psychological, emotional and behavioral issues. Behavioral treatment focuses on identifying, teaching and practicing alternative skills to replace disruptive or aggressive behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the primary model used when working with residents in therapy and in milieu interventions. A group curriculum focusing on development of healthy relationships and sexual behavior is offered for children demonstrating problematic sexual behaviors. Residents also participate in Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.) during placement and focus on the reintegration of children into their home environment, beginning from the date of admission. The program employs a Family Integration Specialist, whose primary role is to engage families, extended family and community members in comprehensive treatment and discharge planning.  This program is maintained during admission and following discharge. The Residential treatment program also works with the Day Treatment Program provided by the Calais School District and AMHC. Working collaboratively, the Day Treatment Program provides a range of educational services for youth ranging from the Day Treatment classroom behavioral support to re-integration to the public school setting.  

The Calais Children’s Residential Treatment Program is available for client admission 24 hours a day to facilitate an immediate assessment and ensure the safety and protection of the child.  Pending the children’s needs, children admitted will attend either an on-site Day Treatment Program that specializes in working with children with behavioral problems or will be mainstreamed into the Calais Public School.

Eligibility & Admission Criteria

  • Maine children between the ages of 7 and 18 years of age.
  • Children are required to have a DSM Axis I diagnosis.
  • Verifiable proof of custody or guardianship.
  • The family and/or guardian(s) must be willing to participate in the program and child’s treatment as outlined in the child’s Treatment Plan developed by the treatment team in consultation with the family prior to admission. The family must be assessed as being able to benefit from a stabilizing, structuring, skill building environment that will result in an increase in the likelihood that the child will successfully (re)integrate into a family unit.
  • Eligibility and Admission Criteria need to be reviewed and placement approved by Children’s Behavioral Health Services prior to admission

Contact Information

For more information, or to make a referral, please call 1-207-454-0322.