ABOUT BRIDGE CROSSING
Bridge Crossing is a residential home for young children in Bridgton, Maine. This important program is part of the nonprofit organization, NFI North (Northeastern Family Institute) and is closely aligned with it's mission to help people of all ages reach their full potential. Bridge Crossing is one of several of our children's residential programs in Maine that provide structured and therapeutic living environments. Our ultimate goal for the children is for them to successfully transition into happy, healthy forever homes.
Bridge Crossing is uniquely structured to encompass a shared treatment philosophy within the Normative Approach with a focus on trauma-informed, family driven care. The needs of each youth are addressed through a comprehensive approach to treatment. Diagnostic assessment entails consultation with the child’s involved family members, current and previous treatment providers, and guardian or caseworker. The most important person involved is the youth themselves. A strong emphasis is placed on reuniting the youth with their family. Intensive family work is done to address barriers and needs which led to the out-of-home placement. We support, teach and counsel the family in ways that rebuild the relationships and strengthen the family unit.
More about NFI North
NFI North is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to inspiring, empowering and transforming lives of people with challenges related to mental health. We provide a range of services in rehabilitation and social services to children, adults, seniors and families. We partner with mental health agencies, social service organizations and state agencies.
We provide a continuum of care that includes counseling, specialized education, case management, foster care, residential services, supported employment and so much more. We believe that people are happiest in their own homes and communities; to that end, we surround these individuals with the supports they need to live successfully in their own community.
Our services are personalized to meet our participants' needs - in the home, at work, at school, in the community, and within their family.
News and Updates
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ABOUT BRIDGE CROSSING ACADEMY
Bridge Crossing Academy is coming soon!
Bridge Crossing Academy will soon replace the Dodge House School which is a co-educational day school facility which services students between the ages of 5-14 in need of a staff intensive and highly structured day treatment and educational services.
Educational planning is based on the individual needs of the student as determined in the IEP from the sending school district. The team includes full-time special education teachers, educational technicians, and a licensed clinician. We provide a comprehensive program of special education services and academic experiences that includes math, language arts, social studies, science, physical education, and the arts.
Other services that are part of the student’s Individual Educational Plan are arranged through consultants and district resources. Bridge Crossing Academy works in cooperation with the local and surrounding School Administrative Units to ensure that all students’ individual educational needs are met. The psychological needs of each student are addressed through a comprehensive approach to treatment following the student’s Treatment Plan which encompasses both long and short-term goals.
The student meets weekly with the clinician for individual therapy as well as regular therapy groups. Students are identified as needing special education services. Most of the students are identified as having several impairments to their learning. These include behavioral impairments as well as learning disabilities. Many have had limited success in the public school setting. The day treatment program provides a very structured supportive educational environment.
Bridge Crossing Academy provides on-going support and training in the following areas:
Individual and Group Counseling
Daily Living Skills and Social Development
Special Topic Groups
Recreational Activities and Services