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Agency - Sweetser Education York County

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Last updated on January 22, 2014


Sweetser's mission is to provide quality treatment, support and hope to children, adults and families through a network of mental health, behavioral health and educational services.

With a history dating back to 1828, Sweetser has evolved into Maine’s most comprehensive behavioral healthcare organization for children, adults and families. Sweetser offers services that address emotional issues, major mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and educational disabilities through an integrated network of care that responds to the unique strengths and needs of each child, adult and family that seeks our help. Working in more than 80 communities from Kittery to Calais, Sweetser maintains community-based services, a respected psychiatric team, two schools for students with special education and emotional needs, more than 20 residences, crisis services, peer support services, and campuses in Belfast, Plymouth and Saco. More than 1,000 employees and hundreds of volunteers are committed to our vision of helping people find promising futures.

Sweetser evolved from the joining of four local orphanages. By the early 1970s, Sweetser Children’s Home, as it was known, focused on providing residential services to children with severe emotional or behavioral problems or learning disabilities. At the close of the 20th century, Sweetser merged with two of Maine’s most respected mental health agencies: The Family Institute of Maine and Shoreline Community Mental Health Services. In 2006, PROTEA Behavioral Health Services, a prominent provider of outpatient therapy and medication management, became a division of Sweetser. Today, Sweetser is Maine’s most comprehensive behavioral and mental healthcare organization dedicated to serving children, adults and families.

Contact people:

 Linda Danielson, Director Of Volunteers, (phone), (email)
Sara Towle, Development Office Coordinator, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (207) 294-4529


 50 Moody Street
Saco, ME 04072
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 Sweetser provides treatment, support and hope in more than 70 locations throughout Maine. A high concentration of services and volunteer opportunities exist throughout Belfast, Brunswick, Portland, Saco and Sanford. Please contact us to learn about opportunities near you.

Miscellaneous Information

This agency has United Way funded programs
The agency places volunteers in these categories:
Families, ages 11 -15, ages 15 - 18, Physically disabled, Developmentally delayed, Court Mandated, Groups, Adults
Last updated on January 22, 2014

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