The Collaborative School is a division of the nonprofit Maine Special Education / Mental Health Collaborative (MSE/MHC) and provides day treatment services for children in grades K – 12. In keeping with its mission, the Collaborative’s administrative, clinical and teaching staff maintain a strong commitment to supporting schools in effectively serving their most complex students. Therefore, the Collaborative School serves as both a comprehensive educational and mental health treatment setting licensed by the Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). At the core of the Collaborative School’s approach to this challenging work is an attachment, trauma and ASD informed model for treatment.
It is the Collaborative School's deepest commitment to successfully return students to their sending school for reintegration within the broader community. This process generally requires at least two years of treatment followed by a thoughtful effort to support the sending district in developing the necessary resources to allow successful reintegration.
The Collaborative School services approximately 45 students ranging in age from 5 to 20. Students are generally of average to above average intellectual ability, yet have been identified as eligible for special education services due to emotional or related disabilities. Referral to this program occurs through the IEP process conducted by the student’s home school district. Children appropriate for referral have complex issues with respect to attachment, trauma and developmental disabilities.
The Collaborative School is housed within a beautifully restored building
on the recently revitalized Pineland Campus in New Gloucester. This setting, approximately 20 minutes from both Portland and Lewiston/Auburn areas, affords students a remarkable range of recreational opportunities such as skiing, fishing, ice skating, bowling, swimming, hiking, volleyball and basketball at the YMCA on campus.
The Collaborative School serves children from a relatively wide radius limited only by the individual student's needs and ability to tolerate travel time. Currently, students are served from distances up to 60 miles.