The hospital and partial hospital programs are designed for children ages 5 to 21 who have a developmental disorder, an active IEP (for inpatient), and cannot currently function safely outside the hospital or partial hospital setting.
To make a referral, please call Kate Hallissey, LMSW at 207-661-6347.
A referral packet will be mailed or faxed to the referral source and should be completed by whoever knows the patient best. Once the referral form is completed and returned:
- The referral is reviewed by the clinical team and determination is made if the child is eligible for treatment. At this time, there may be additional requests for records to help in the decision-making process. Decisions are typically made and communicated within 48 hours after the referral forms have been reviewed.
- If a child has been accepted into the program and there are open beds available, an admission date is scheduled. If no beds are available, the child is placed on a wait list.
Each child receives a comprehensive assessment to identify target behaviors and developmental challenges. The evaluation explores psychiatric, speech, occupational, medical, family, and environmental factors that may be contributing to the problem.
An individualized treatment plan is then developed to enhance each child's ability to function at the highest level. Progress is reviewed with families during weekly meetings and treatment strategies are adjusted to meet the changing needs and growth of each child.
On the day of admission, parents and providers meet with the clinical team to discuss any follow-up questions or concerns. Treatment begins on day one. Families are asked to come in weekly to meet with either the social worker or the clinical team. Family involvement is very important to the successful treatment of the child.
As the child makes progress, his or her family is asked to come in and "shadow" the program's staff to learn the behavioral intervention. As families feel more comfortable, they are asked to "run" the behavioral intervention with their child. This helps them build confidence so that they can continue to help their child outside of the hospital.
The treatment team includes psychiatric, medical, and behavioral experts, social workers, occupational and speech therapists, as well as physical therapists, dietitians and special educators. All services are delivered by professionals trained in the unique needs of children with developmental disorders.
At all times we carefully balance each child's need for support with independence. Children are given the opportunity and support to acquire new skills and learn from their successes.
Family members are encouraged to be active participants in a child's treatment.
Preparing children to return to their lives outside the hospital is a primary focus from the day of admission. Social workers who specialize in this area work to secure placements in the community that will meet the needs of both the child and family.
Through strong relationships with community providers and solid aftercare planning, our program helps reduce the likelihood that a child will need to return to the hospital.
At the time of discharge, families are given a binder that includes the Positive Behavior Support Plan, intervention tools, and a schedule to support a successful transition back home.
What makes the Developmental Disorders Program successful?
Our success lies in the interdisciplinary work of our clinical team and staff. Together we tackle issues from a biological, behavioral, communicative, sensory, and family systems approach.
-Matthew Siegel, M.D., Medical Director, DD Program