Community Driven Solutions: Washington County, Maine

Our Results

$1.8M

Raised from non-governmental sources to develop and implement programs in Washington County, Maine

380

Public school students now have access to health care via telehealth

71%

Of AOS 90 students have more access to food through school-run food pantry and distribution programs

In this video, learn more about school-based telebehavioral health services at Princeton Elementary School from those directly involved:

Future Plans

This action has fueled interest and expanded into nearby communities, including:

  • The AOS applied for and received a grant in July 2022 from the Maine Department of Education to offer Enhanced Learning Opportunities with an emphasis on job-readiness, hands-on learning, and high-need careers. This work will continue through June 2024.
  • The Water and Sewer District received federal funding to replace aging pipes and repave substantial portions of the in-town infrastructure. Federal infrastructure funds enabled the town to repave streets and, in 2023, create a new publicly accessible playground next to the ball fields.
  • Work in Baileyville has grown into communities served by schools in Princeton and East Range where a community perspectives survey took place in fall 2022.
  • School-based food security program launched at one school in January 2023, and a school-based food and clothing pantry launched at another school in April 2023.
  • First aid, CPR, and AED training for high school students scheduled in April 2023 and followed by employment by the Baileyville Recreation Department to aid in staffing programs for elementary students after school and during the summer.
  • The Community Caring Collaborative is conducting outreach and listening sessions in communities in northeastern Washington County to identify other opportunities where local actions can grow.
  • Students planted winter seeds and will move them into new outdoor raised beds this spring. The school garden will welcome children to visit during the summer to weed and maintain the beds and then harvest. Produce harvested in the summer and fall will go home with the students.
  • Four adults were trained in first aid/CPR/AED for adults, children, and infants as well as assisted in finding funds so one of the schools could start a recreational program in summer 2023.

Highlights of Our Work

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Behavioral Health Teletherapy Program Supports Elementary and Junior-Senior High School Students in Rural Washington County, Maine