Case Management Program for Children
Case management services are designed to provide support to children with special needs and their families, while linking them to resources and services in their own communities. Our senior case manager will walk each family through the intake process. Our intake process is quick and efficient, allowing families to get the help they need right away.
A case manager's role is in large part defined by the amount of support and intervention a parent and/or child requests. Services can range from informational to intensive.
The case manager will provide the family and child with information regarding the child's diagnosis, trainings, conferences, new research, support groups and resources and services from which the child and family may benefit.
Connecting a Child to Needed Services
Case managers help families access services to meet their children’s needs such as occupational, speech, and/or physical therapy and/or recreational services. A case manager can observe a child in any of these settings to get to know how the child is functioning and how the professionals are working with the child. A case manager can also attend school meetings and observe a child in the school setting to help the parent monitor progress and inform needs to be met through the IEP (Individualized Educational Plan).
The case manager can assist the child and family with coordinating services, such as locating a therapist, counselor, doctor, dentist, or recreational activities from which the child would benefit. The case manager can assist a family with utilizing in home support services for their child.
The case manager can assist the family with setting up wraparound meetings for the child. A wraparound meeting is one where each professional working with the child is invited to attend to share with the team what the goals and objectives are for that particular service. This approach works well for creating a strong team between family, child, and providers.
Assisting with Transitions
The case manager can assist a child and family with transitioning into public school at the age of five years, transitioning from the elementary school to the middle school, and from high school into adulthood and adult services. This occurs through careful planning and making sure a student is equipped with the right tools and skills to make a smooth transition and that the child's needs will be met by their team.
Most importantly, the case manager can be a source of support for the child and family by listening to the needs and strengths of the family and helping the child meet his or her goals.
Case management services are accessible to any child, birth to 5 years of age at risk for a developmental delay or a mental health diagnosis or age 6 to 20 years with a diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability or mental health issue.
All children (birth to 20) must be eligible for MaineCare services or MaineCare Katie Beckett.
Our senior case manager will walk each family through the intake process. Our intake process is quick and efficient, allowing families to get the help they need right away.
Counties Currently Served
To make a referral for case management services, please contact Director of Behavioral Health & Case Management Services Doug Patrick , (207) 878-9663, x 4183, or Intake Manager Karen Dehetre, (207) 878-9663, x 4170.