The Day One Board of Directors announced the selection of Caroline Raymond of Cape Elizabeth as the non-profit agency’s new Chief Executive Officer. Day One is Maine’s leading agency dedicated to addressing youth substance use and mental health concerns. Board of Directors’ President Dennis Carrillo and Board Vice President Doug Cranshaw made the official announcement with former Executive Director, David Faulkner, and senior leadership from the staff, at a meeting at Day One’s Administrative offices in South Portland last week.
Day One serves Maine youth, families, schools, and communities, guided by its mission to dramatically reduce substance use and address mental health needs among Maine youth to help them live productive, healthy and rewarding lives. The agency was founded in 1973, with a single residential treatment facility and has expanded to include two residential treatment facilities for boys and one for girls; outpatient individual and group counseling that includes an intensive outpatient program; work with homeless youth; case management at the Preble Street Teen Center; services at the youth juvenile detention center, Long Creek Youth Development Center, at the Mountain View Development Center; and the Natural Helpers peer-to-peer early intervention/prevention programs in local middle and high schools.
Caroline began her career with Day One at Long Creek Youth Development Center (LCYDC) in January of 1997, providing screening, assessments, and counseling services. Within 5 years, Caroline was Program Manager at LCYDC and has continued to progress through the ranks at Day One, overseeing residential care and juvenile corrections in her role as Director of Corrections and Residential Services. Caroline was serving in that capacity when David Faulkner retired in June of 2016. She stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director in July of 2016.
Day One’s Board of Directors’ President, Dennis Carrillo, had this to say about the selection:
“The Board conducted a formal search to find the best person to lead Day One into the future, and we are grateful that the new Chief Executive Officer comes from within. We have appreciated the stability and professionalism that Caroline provided while she served as Interim Executive Director. Given Caroline’s experience, strategic vision, creativity and deep sense of commitment to our mission, we are confident that Day One’s programs and services will continue to be a tremendous success under her leadership.”
Caroline received her Master’s degree in Social Work from USM and her Certificate in Addictions from UNE. Her knowledge and experience in the field of substance use disorders and evidence-based treatment options spans several decades. Caroline’s indomitable passion for working with teens and young adults provides her with the drive and access to resources for collaborative efforts to provide the most efficient and effective treatment programs available. With undaunted vision, limitless creativity, and a love for Day One, Caroline offers an energetic approach to working toward an aggregate framework to teenage substance use and recovery.
“Day One helps to give our clients and our staff the ability to dream, to put their life together, to grow, to plan, to have hope, to see a brighter future!” said Caroline. “It is because of the incredible people on the staff that I have worked with over the years who have inspired me to do more. I am grateful for the opportunity with which the Board has presented me to lead and serve this agency. Together with all of our staff, we will build and grow from the great foundation already established here at Day One.”
Day One, headquartered in South Portland, Maine, is Maine’s leading agency dedicated to addressing substance abuse and mental health concerns among kids and young adults in Maine. Day One has been working with Maine youth and families, schools and communities for 43 years. It was recently selected four times as a Best Place to Work in Maine. The Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services has identified Day One as having “a proven track record in providing services to substance abusing youth” and noted that “Day One is the only designated Center of Excellence dealing exclusively with adolescents.” Day One’s mission is to dramatically reduce substance use and address mental health needs among Maine youth to help them live productive, healthy and rewarding lives. For more information about Day One, please visit day-one.org.