Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Student Multi-Agency Resource Team (S.M.A.R.T.): Lessons Learned From the Portland Pilot.


This report documents the experience of the Student Multi-Agency Resource Team (SMART), an emerging school and community-based crisis intervention resource initiated in the public school district in Portland, Maine in 2001. The overarching goal of the SMART is to ensure that students with emotional and behavioral disturbances receive services in the least restrictive setting and that services are coordinated across all life domains. This report discusses the lessons learned during the early development and implementation of the Portland SMART and it incorporates strategies and methods used in similar initiatives in other states. The feedback we gathered from parents, community-based providers, and school personnel who participated in the SMART process form the basis of the lessons learned findings. We hope this report will benefit other schools and community organizations interested in initiating or expanding a similar family-centered resource in Maine. In addition to exploring the benefits and barriers to implementing a SMART process, the report includes practical guides, checklists, brochures, and evaluation forms that may be adapted by schools or organizations wishing to incorporate them into their programs.

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September 1, 2004

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2014 Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Diabilities or ASD Chartbook

Adults with Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2014 Edition provides a detailed look at the historical trends and current utilization and cost of institutional and community based services for adults with intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

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Dementia in Maine

Dementia in Maine

As the oldest state in the nation, Maine faces the impending impact of Alzheimer’s disease on its social systems, community resources, and its health and long term care systems. This report provides a baseline picture of the current use of services by people with and without dementia in Maine. Learn more in Dementia in Maine: Characteristics, Care, and Cost Across Settings.

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Report on Maine's Older Adults

With the aging of Maine’s population and its status as the oldest state in the nation, the use of long term services continues to be a critical public policy issue in the state and nationally. Learn more in Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, 2012 Edition.

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