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Community Partners

Established as the Area Agency for Developmental Services in 1983, Community Partners sought and was awarded the contract to provide behavioral health services in Strafford County in 2001.  The organization doubled in capacity and went from serving approximately 600 individuals a year to over 3,000.  Community Partners has been in operation for over 35 years.  We have a long and rich history of providing critical supports and services for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities and/or behavioral health challenges, and are one of the only two places in the state where people can find both behavioral health and developmental supports and services within one agency.  Community Partners served over 4,700 individuals and families in Fiscal Year 2018.

The agency’s mission is to promote respect, wellness, full inclusion, and empowerment of individuals and their families who experience mental illness, emotional distress, developmental disability, chronic health need, acquired brain disorder.

Behavioral Health (BH) Services include 24/7 crisis intervention services; group, individual and family therapy; youth and family services; community support programs for persons with severe and persistent mental illness; adult outpatient therapy; psychiatry; and medication monitoring.  Developmental Services include case management; adult residential day programs; community support services; family support, including respite and transition planning; vocational supports; and nursing.  Family-Centered Early Support Services are also available for children from birth to age three with a developmental disability or delay and their families.  Partners in Health, in collaboration with Special Medical Services, is available for children with a chronic health condition.  Advance Employment Services (AES), a subsidiary of Community Partners, provides vocational services and supports for any client or resident of Strafford County interested in pursuing employment.

In the last year we have opened Spectrum Connection, an applied behavior analysis center for children with autism. We have also opened Rochester Community Counseling in collaboration with Frisbie Hospital to serve the mental health needs of the greater community. Also our Milton Vocational program is now running and provides people from the greater Milton area access to engaging opportunities within their communities.

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Posted on: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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