Day One

Day One

Thank you to all those who supported Day One during the state budget deliberations. The 2-year budget that was signed by Governor LePage on June 20, 2011 includes funding to keep all Maine substance abuse residential treatment programs open! This includes Day One's program in Hollis and Buxton for males aged 16 - 20.

Residential Program

March 9, 2011

Governor’s Biennial Budget Will Jeopardize Day One’s
Residential Treatment Program


Day One has just learned that the Maine Office of Substance Abuse is forced to make high impact cuts to residential treatment in our state. These recommendations essentially dismantle Maine’s substance abuse treatment system as we know it. We are asking for your help! Please call or email your legislators to express your concern for these cuts. Click on the following link to find out who your legislators are.

If these cuts go into affect, Day One’s Residential program in Hollis will be in jeopardy of closing, along with eight other residential substance abuse treatment programs around the state. Graduates of our program are empowered to live a recovering lifestyle and prepared to be healthy, productive community members.

Cuts to this program would come on top of cuts that closed two other programs for youth as of July 1, 2010 that were managed by Day One: the Maine Juvenile Treatment Network (MJTN) and Maine’s Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts (JDTC). The MJTN was an intervention and referral network that served 1,000 kids per year and provided funds for treatment as a payer of last resort. The JTDC served high-risk youth as an alternative to incarceration.

The Governor’s proposed budget eliminates $4.4 million dollars in substance abuse services. On top of this, the state will lose an additional $1.4 million in federal matching funds, resulting in an almost $6 million reduction for substance abuse services.

Please help the youth of Maine by contacting your legislator now! Now is the time to make your voice heard. Tell your representatives why residential treatment is important. A public hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m.

Did you know?

  • Maine ranks #1 in treatment for opiate addiction, 8 times the national average
  • Maine is among those states in the nation with the highest rates for people needing but not receiving treatment for drug addiction
  • There are waiting lists for people wanting treatment for addiction

In Maine, outcome data shows that, with treatment:

  • 13% increase in employment
  • 80% reduction in arrests
  • 95% reduction in illicit substance use
  • 64% decrease in homelessness
  • 29% increase in family reunification
  • 3% increase in independent living
  • 40-60% overall drug use reduction
  • 40-60% crime rate reduction
  • 40% employment prospect increase

Residential Treatment Centers

For more information on our programs in Hollis and Buxton, call 207.767.0991 option 3, or email

For more information on our residential program at Hinckley, call 207-238-0277 ext. 1501 or email

Day One provides residential treatment at 3 locations to youth from all over Maine: Buxton, Hinckley and Hollis. One location serves girls only, one serves boys, and one is co-ed. This 6 month program is open to youth ages 13-18.

The program is a highly individualized and structured approach in which residents are guided to establish clearly defined personal goals. The goals become increasingly challenging as the client progresses through the program. The environment fosters and encourages resident participation in 12-step programs. Clients attain the ability to make the positive choices and decisions essential to leading a healthy, chemical-free and recovering lifestyle.

Admittance through Referrals - Referrals for admittance come from a variety of sources including, but not limited to: self-referrals, parents, probation officers, Long Creek and Mountain View Youth Development Centers, attorneys, The Department of Human Services, schools, and other collaborative sources (substance abuse programs, group homes, homeless shelters, mental health case workers, and private therapists).

Individual and Group Counseling - Each resident is assigned a primary counselor who coordinates the residentís program and meets on a regular basis. Family therapy, when appropriate, is intended to improve communication and to work toward possible integration with the family.

The Educational Program - All residents are required to participate in Day Oneís fully accredited on-site school program. For those clients who have their high school diploma, they may continue studies toward college credit. There are regular staff-student evaluation team meetings to review strengths, progress and goals.

Recreation and other Therapeutic Activities - Residents participate in a variety of activities such as hiking, camping, plays, skiing, Martial Arts, cookouts and day trips. These activities teach them new activities and sports, and encourage them to choose healthy activities.

Aftercare - Once clients complete residential treatment, they are encouraged to participate in ongoing counseling with their counselor for as long as needed. If they don't live close by, they are referred to community-based counseling and resources.

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