Maine Behavioral Healthcare Awarded 2-year Grant to Address Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence

October 21, 2016

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A two-year grant will build resilience in areas affected by domestic violence in Maine.

Portland, Maine (Oct. 21, 2016): The Administration for Children and Families (ACYF) has awarded Maine Behavioral Healthcare $375,000 per year for a two-year project to address childhood exposure to domestic violence in Maine. The project will serve York County, Washington County, and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Reservation at Pleasant Point.

According to Rebecca Hoffmann-Frances, Director of Clinical Innovation at Maine Behavioral Healthcare, “We will provide training in evidence-based trauma treatment models to clinical social workers in the target communities.” Working closely with domestic violence resource centers in these communities, the project team aims to reduce trauma symptoms for children and youth exposed to domestic violence.

The project runs from September 2016 to September 2018, and progress will be closely evaluated and shared on a local and national scale. For more information, please contact project director, Aurora Smaldone at (207) 661-6504 or e-mail

Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a leading provider of developmental disorder and mental health services, with over 30 outpatient locations throughout southern, western and mid-coast Maine, as well as Spring Harbor Hospital, providing an integrated continuum of comprehensive, coordinated behavioral healthcare services for Maine residents of all ages.