Long Creek Visitation

Visitation Rules

1.   The resident’s Juvenile Program Manager, or designee, shall obtain the name, relationship to the resident, address, and phone number of each person who is authorized to visit.

2.   Under no circumstances shall any person be permitted to visit a resident until the person’s relationship to the resident is verified (e.g., custody order, marriage certificate, birth certificate) by the Juvenile Program Manager, or designee, and it is determined that visits between the resident and that person are allowed.

3.   Residents are allowed three visits a week, only one of which may be on a weekend.

4.   Each unit has its own visitation schedule.

5.   All visitors shall arrive at the facility at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit, in order to complete the necessary processing.  Failure to adhere to this time frame may result in denial of the visit.

6.   No visitor shall be allowed to visit, if he/she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or is in possession of an item that, by law, a person may not convey to a person in official custody, e.g., an illegal drug, a weapon, or an escape tool.

7.   No visitor shall be allowed to visit, if he/she is wearing inappropriate apparel.

8.   Family visits shall be limited to four persons per visit.  Exceptions require the written approval of the Superintendent, or designee.

9.   Adult visitors shall be required to present government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, prior to admittance into the visitation area.

10.   Visitors who are minors may be required to present government-issued picture identification, such as a State of Maine I.D. card, prior to admittance into the facility.

11.   All visitors must enter into the facility through the Main Lobby.  Visitors must leave all personal belongings either in their vehicles or in lockers located in the Lobby and must pass through the metal detector.  Visitors may not bring anything for residents into the visitation area or leave anything for residents at the Lobby desk.

12.   NO FOOD MAY BE BROUGHT INTO THE FACILITY

13.   Visitors and their vehicles shall be subject to search.

14.   Visitors shall not be allowed to leave and re-enter the visitation area, once visits begin.

15.   All visits shall occur in the designated visitation area.

16.   Visitors may use the designated restrooms located in the Lobby. Facility staff supervising visits shall control access to these restrooms.  Visitors and residents shall not be allowed access to the same restroom.

17.   All tobacco products must be secured in vehicles.

18.   Visitors shall not take any photographs during visits or at any other time, while on the grounds of the Long Creek Youth Development Center.

19.   Facility staff shall be present in the visitation area to supervise the conduct of visitors and residents.  If any visitor or resident exhibits behavior that is inappropriate, including excessive physical contact, or involves criminal activity, violation of the facility rules, or is a risk to the safety of persons, security, orderly management of the facility, or the welfare of the resident or other residents, the visit shall be terminated by the staff, and all persons visiting that resident shall be required to leave facility property immediately.

Visitation Schedule for Units

Unit Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Spruce (Girls) 2:15 - 3:30 PM   6:00 - 7:15 PM     6:00 - 7:15 PM 2:15 - 3:30 PM
Pine 3:45 - 5:00 PM 7:30 - 8:45 PM   7:30 - 8:45 PM     3:45 -5:00 PM
Cedar 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM   7:30 - 8:45 PM   7:30 - 8:45 PM   9:30 - 10:45 AM
Oak 9:30 -10:45 AM     6:00 - 7:15 PM   7:30 - 8:45 PM 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Maple 12:30 - 1:45 PM 6:00 - 7:15 PM     6:00 - 7:15 PM   12:30 - 1:45 PM

Unit Information

Unit Juvenile Program Manager Telephone Social Worker Telephone
Spruce Jerry Dixon 822-2758 Janice Sabin 822-2754
Pine Willie Stewart 822-2747 Kerry Polyot-Stefani 822-2767
Cedar Scott Janosik 822-2713 Melanie Cardus 822-2708
Oak Jeffrey Bachelder 822-2765 Betsey Davis 822-2748
Maple Beth Peavey 822-2756
DHHS
Al Haynes
Cassie Antonelli
872-2721
822-2789
822-2749

Board of Visitors

M.R.S.A. 34-A, subsection 3002: The Governor shall appoint a board of 5 visitors for each correctional facility under the department, as authorized by Title 5, section 12004, subsection 10

The Board of Visitors is an advisory group to review the management of the Long Creek Youth Development Center to determine that the management is consistent with the philosophy, mission, and policy goals of the Department of Corrections and LCYDC. The Board of Visitors is required by law to refer complaints regarding specific individuals to the Superintendent of LCYDC.

Tonya DiMillo - Chairperson

To contact the Board of Visitors, write to:

BOARD OF VISITORS
c/o Superintendent Long Creek Youth Development Center
675 Westbrook Street
South Portland, ME 04106

Volunteer Program

Volunteer Office

The Mission of the Volunteer Office at Long Creek Youth Development Center is to develop and strengthen community relationships, allowing us to provide enrichment programs and support to our residents, thereby enabling the residents the opportunity to become responsible and contributing members of their communities upon their release. It is our belief that the youth we serve are not defined by their mistakes, but by their potential for the future. We are committed to helping our residents therapeutically, academically and socially so that they may become positive community members. This is a big job and we could not accomplish all we do without the help of volunteers.

Ways to get involved:

Mentoring Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring adults who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the resident.  Mentors spend 1 hour per week being a friend to a Long Creek resident.  The mentor may act as a sounding board, a listener, a guide to setting goals, a role model or a support person. Ideally, mentors and residents remain together for the remainder of the resident's time at Long Creek Youth Development Center.
Tutoring Our residents have a wide variety of educational needs.  Often times, school has not been a successful place for them and they have not had regular attendance.  Our tutors offer one-to-one educational support to help build academic skills and confidence in the residents at Long Creek.
Alcoholics Anonymous Drugs and/or alcohol have played a significant role in the lives of most of our residents.  There are AA-focused mentors and AA-facilitated meetings.
Recreational Support Our recreation department facilitates many activities for the residents and can always use volunteers to support its programming.

Often, community members call us with ideas for new programming.  We welcome the opportunity to explore all possibilities that may positively impact the youth we work with.

Volunteer Eligibility Qualifications

  • Minimum age requirement of twenty-one years, unless you are a post-secondary student involved in a school project at Long Creek.
  • Holds a valid license or state identification card.
  • Has not had visiting privilege or volunteer status suspended or terminated at any correctional facility, unless an exception is approved in writing by the Superintendent.
  • Is not a family member, friend or relative of a resident, unless an exception is approved in writing by the Superintendent.
  • Is not currently under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and has had no involvement with the Department for at least one year.
  • Completes the Volunteer Application and screening process (including criminal background check, reference verification, and new volunteer orientation) required by the facility.

Please contact Stephanie Netto, Chief of Volunteer Services, at (207) 822-2605 or stephanie.netto@maine.gov if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Long Creek.

Chaplaincy Service Visits

When a resident asks for a visit from their clergy in community a visit is coordinated. Social workers or Unit Managers are contacted to be assured that parents have indicated their approval and support before a visit is scheduled. In addition to worship services for Protestant and Catholic Christians, other faith groups have met when there have been enough residents to form a group and also a representative of that faith are willing to lead a group.

Concerts, guest speakers, worship bands and movies with a positive message are sponsored by the Chaplain's Office. In addition to worship experiences and study groups the chaplain provides individual pastoral care and counseling for life and faith issues. The chaplain provides individual support for residents that want or need grief and loss counseling. Social workers may contact the chaplain's office requesting such support at the resident's request. The chaplain will accompany residents attending funeral services when it is requested and approved by the facility.

With the help of area clergy, trained volunteers and mentors, the chaplain seeks to provide religious values based education and nurture the personal growth of individuals. It is our purpose to see the practice of faith and spirituality integrated into daily life empowering residents to succeed and flourish when they return to their community.