MAINE BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, THE CENTER FOR AUTISM & DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS
In 2014 E4H worked with Dr. Mathew Siegel and Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) to design a center of Autism and Developmental Disorders, known as the CADD Program. Short on funds but long on vision this new care model was completed in a 7,600SF building leased by the MBH. Over the past three years, the CADD Program flourished and they quickly outgrew their space. In 2017 Dr. Siegel approached E4H with a vision to develop a new Center of Excellence In Autism and Developmental Disorders, with a program three times the original size at 28,000SF.
This transformative regional center will provide evidence-based behavioral healthcare for the full lifespan of those with developmental disorders, developing innovative models of care for unmet needs, and recruiting faculty to expand their expertise, accelerate their novel research program, and train the next generation of providers. E4H recently completed a Schematic Design package and the project is awaiting final approval from Maine Health, the parent organization. The Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders will include three programs. The Early Childhood Program will contain four classrooms for children ages kindergarten through grade 12, four preschool classrooms (the first in the state of Maine), and a fully equipped “Autism Classroom of the Future” that features wearable biosensors, on-site computing and display capabilities to support MBH’s studies of physiology, emotion and behavior. This classroom will serve as a living laboratory, building on the pilot work they have already performed in their specialized school and inpatient settings. The Research and Training Program will extend MBH’s solid position in autism research into becoming a nationally recognized autism research hub with multiple investigators successfully competing for federal research awards and breaking new ground in divergent areas of inquiry. The Adult Program will bring Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s uniquely multi-disciplinary approach to meet the needs of the adult developmental disorders population in Maine – a woefully underserved group. This program will include an Adult Clinic, Adult IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) and Child IOP services.