Ages 5-14


Bridgton, Maine

As part of NFI North and founded in 1996, Bridge Crossing has become one of the most innovative providers of children’s residential mental and behavioral health services. Our passion for finding and implementing the most effective solutions burns bright. It’s fueled by the support of donors, volunteers, families, foster and adoptive parents, state and town officials, and individuals who are drawn to our work by our results. We are a residential program for children ages 5-14. We provide specialized education through our fully licensed day school, Bridge Crossing Academy.
With over 24 years of caring for children, Bridge Crossing has a unique understanding of providing a safe, nurturing environment for children in crisis and the value of keeping families together following trauma. We adapt our programs to accommodate the special needs of children and families and believe that when at all possible, children belong with their families. We strive to provide the support and structure that all children need and ensure that young people
are physically and emotionally safe.
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:
  • Assessment
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Daily Living Skills and Social Development
  • Special Topic Groups
  • Community Service
  • Recreational Activities and Services
  • Behavioral Modification
  • Community Reintegration

News and Updates

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October 2020

Congratulations to Amy Siebert for winning the Dr. Bakal Leadership award!