July Updates


The Office of the Administration for Children & Families has released a report, Promising Practices for Strengthening Families Affected by Parental Incarceration: A Review of the Literature. This resource looks at published studies that focus on programming designed to support healthy relationships between parents who are incarcerated and their children. Read more here or download the report here.



The OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) has a new website that makes it easy to find research and resources related to youth mentoring. Check it out here.


Long-term mentoring for youth shows positive impact on aspirations, mental health
Penobscot Bay Pilot (7/9/21)
Maine's Budget Bill Includes Free School Meals For Every Student - What That Means For Maine Children
Maine Public (7/6/21)
Maine is trying to make its youth prison obsolete. Janet Mills doesn’t want to close it
Bangor Daily News (7/2/21)
South Portland legislators see changes coming for Long Creek in spite of veto
The Forecaster (7/1/21)
New Hampshire among states grappling with closing youth detention centers
Portland Press Herald (6/23/21)
Youth suicide attempts on the rise
NewsCenterMaine (6/21/21)


This fall, USM’s Youth and Community Engagement team and Data Innovation Project are launching a free training series to support organizations and communities in implementing elements of the Gateway to Opportunity (G2O) program, a model for work-based learning that connects local businesses, organizations, and high-school and college-aged students. Click here to learn more and sign up.


Also - Maine Law has also shared some highlights of their recent work to assist youth in Maine which is worth checking out here.

R E G I O N A L    C A R E    T E A M S

All regional care teams met in June.

Region 1: Case review for a youth with multiple needs including pro-social, emotional and psychological support, education/vocation assistance and part-time employment.
Region 2: Case review for a youth in need of "outside the box" mental health services.
Region 3: Case review for a young person in critical need of substance use treatment.

For more information about regional care teams, click here.

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