About Us

At Ironwood Maine, It’s All About Building Connections

Ironwood Maine is intentionally designed to foster a collaborative and familial culture, emphasizing deeper connections with oneself and others through intensive therapy and clinical programming. Located amidst the serene mid-coast Maine countryside, our therapeutic environment encourages introspection, value clarification, and the development of a strong work ethic, instilling self-confidence and new skills applicable to life beyond our campus.

Situated adjacent to the picturesque Frye Mountain Wildlife Management area, clients of enjoy a distraction-free environment conducive to reflecting on their life path, goals and dreams. The simplicity and tranquility of farm life offer opportunities for teens to reconnect with core values and acquire skills focused on emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, flexibility, and problem-solving.

Our intensive and short-term therapeutic program serves as a respite from home stressors, unhealthy patterns, and negative influences. Through a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, including comprehensive assessments and clinical interventions, we aim to address the holistic needs of each individual, facilitating their reintegration with family as swiftly as possible. At Ironwood Maine, we strive to empower teens to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and purpose, fostering healthy relationships and personal growth along the way.

The Joint Commission Seal

Ironwood is proud to be accredited by The Joint Commission, which demands that residential mental health programs and services meet and surpass stringent performance standards.

We’re Part of a Larger Mission

Altior LogoIronwood Maine is proud to be a part of Altior Healthcare’s family of mental health treatment programs laser focused on the needs of adolescents and young adults ages 12-28. Altior is on a mission to elevate the mental health of youth across the United States and eliminate the stigma of mental health while saving lives. Their family of services is comprised of four distinct mental health treatment brands – Ironwood being one – offering clinical support. With 22 unique locations, Altior manages and supports 400 employees serving 225 residential clients daily located across five states; California, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, and Texas. Altior’s other treatment programs include: Paradigm Treatment (CA & TX), Innercept (ID), and The Ridge (NH). Altior Healthcare strives to be the provider of choice for mental health treatment and support for teens and young adults. The company believes in legitimate outcomes and increasing accessibility to treatment by way of insurance options and in-network contracts.

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Ironwood Maine FAQ

How do I know if my teen is a good fit for the Ironwood program?

Prior to admission into Ironwood’s mental health treatment program, the clinical director, in concert with other members of the treatment team, review each application to determine if Ironwood has the capacity to meet your youth’s needs. A complete review of available psychological, medical, and educational assessments in conjunction with interviews with the family, determines what degree your teen may safely participate in and benefit from the programs at Ironwood. Special attention is given to the physical requirements for participating in the adventure component of the program. Our staff reviews the information you provide and continues to be in contact with you regarding your teen’s physical care. As soon as possible after admission, assessments are conducted by your teen’s primary therapist, nurse, and psychiatrist. These assessments are documented in the Treatment Plan, Wellness Plan, and Psychiatric Evaluation. Parents will have electronic access to these documents on a secure parent portal.

Will our health insurance reimburse for services provided at Ironwood?

As part of Altior Healthcare’s commitment to increasing access to quality mental health care and making improvements across all four of its youth mental health programs, Ironwood Maine is now working with most commercial insurance carriers out-of-network. Families now have the option to utilize out-of-network benefits for treatment, marking a positive change as previously, our program was available exclusively for self-paying families. In addition, Ironwood Maine is actively pursuing in-network contracts with insurance companies.

Will my teen be required to perform chores?

Yes, daily chores are part of meaningful community work are key elements in Ironwood’s program. This is a rigorous teen program with character and team-building responsibilities that instill a sense of responsibility and achievement.

What is Ironwood’s policy on administering prescribed medications?

For teens requiring pharmacological treatment for psychiatric and mental health issues, Ironwood Maine offers the services of a consulting psychiatric provider. The psychiatric provider works collaboratively with Ironwood therapists and staff in the conservative use of medication to alleviate symptoms that may otherwise hinder the child’s progress. Ironwood provides a monthly medication evaluation and follows each child individually from week to week to ensure that benefits are obtained with a minimum of side effects. The psychiatric provider is available on-call to address questions and concerns. It is Ironwood’s policy to use psychotropic medication only when less restrictive alternatives have been tried and failed or are diagnostically eliminated. All decisions regarding medication are made cautiously and with parental collaboration and consent. In many cases, we are able to discontinue or reduce medication as the teen stabilizes and gains new insights and coping skills.

How does my teen continue with schoolwork while at Ironwood?

Ironwood Maine is a secondary private school licensed by the state of Maine and accredited by the NEASC. Certified teachers teach and tutor residents daily in our two school buildings year around. All traditional high school subjects such as English, math (through calculus), history, government, chemistry, biology, physics, earth and environmental sciences, art, and languages are available, as are experiential and elective offerings. For high school graduates or advanced students we provide a variety of undergraduate courses through several universities, and for residents not ready for secondary school work, we the match course level to the student. For high school juniors and seniors, we are often able to plan a program whereby the residents leaves Ironwood with an accredited high school diploma. Our educational staff, if parents wish, will work with past and future schools so that transition to and from Ironwood are as easy, smooth, and problem free as possible. We can help students with college applications, and offer SAT testing on site.

Some families choose to transport their child to Ironwood Maine. However, we can also recommend reputable escorted transportation services. The clinical director can help you with this decision during the enrollment process. It should be noted that Ironwood believes that transports should occur only after other interventions have been exhausted. However, we support this intervention in cases where it is therapeutically supported and deemed a last resort. Ironwood supports transports exclusively from agencies who are committed to AMATS (Association of Mediation and Transport Services) Code of Ethics and Standard of Professional Excellence.

Will my youth be allowed to communicate with our family?

Yes, communication with your child is an essential part of the therapeutic process. During the initial assessment phase at , this process will be evaluated by the resident’s therapist and reviewed with the parents.

Ironwood encourages frequent letter writing to families. All letters are private, and Ironwood will not read outgoing or incoming mail. Residents are encouraged to write at least two letters to parents per week. This process establishes a pattern of thoughtful communication with parents that can be converted into action when they are ready to leave the program.
Weekly family therapy sessions serve as an opportunity for parents to speak with their child with a therapist’s facilitation. Furthermore, as therapeutically indicated, Ironwood will arrange for the resident to make private phone calls with family members. Our goal is to reunite families and help them reconnect in healthy ways.

How will I get my child to Ironwood?

Some families choose to transport their child to Ironwood Maine. However, we can also recommend reputable escorted transportation services. The clinical director can help you with this decision during the enrollment process. It should be noted that Ironwood believes that transports should occur only after other interventions have been exhausted. However, we support this intervention in cases where it is therapeutically supported and deemed a last resort. Ironwood supports transports exclusively from agencies who are committed to AMATS (Association of Mediation and Transport Services) Code of Ethics and Standard of Professional Excellence

What is Ironwood’s Youth Bill of Rights?

Although Ironwood’s rigorous program involves lots of hard work, we provide the highest quality of care and take our leadership seriously. We protect your teen through the following vows, assurances, and expectations: click here.


Ironwood’s Youth Bill of Rights

Our Vows and Assurances for Your Teen:

  • To be treated with respect and to live in a safe environment
  • To receive care and services as described in your contract with Ironwood
  • To have your side of a disagreement heard
  • To be free from discrimination of any kind
  • To have a nutritionally sound diet
  • To have privacy and confidentiality of information and records
  • To not be disciplined for the transgressions of other residents
  • To file grievances or complaints without fear of retaliation
  • To reside in a safe, clean living environment

Your teen is responsible for:

  • Personal hygiene, both in their person and in their living space, and for assisting in the community tasks that maintain a clean living space at Ironwood
  • Reporting any abuse of or by residents or staff
  • Reporting any abuse of animals
  • Reporting any abuse of property
  • Accepting and completing tasks that are assigned as part of their service plan
  • Asking questions if they do not understand directions, rules, or procedures
  • Accurate reporting on their health and well-being
  • Complying with any prescribed medical intervention directed by a licensed, authorized medical professional
  • The care of equipment they own or use
  • Knowing the fire, health, and other safety plans that are presented to them at Ironwood
  • Maintaining confidentiality in their group therapies, and in any assignments that allow them privileged information regarding the program at Ironwood, or any of the residents, or their families
  • Giving their best effort to their program, and in turn, receiving the best Ironwood has to offer them in becoming a self-sufficient, productive, caring young adult