Our Services

The Progress Center addresses behavioral issues that interfere with the child’s ability to adequately function within the home and/or the community.  The Progress Center contracts with the Children’s Behavioral Health Services to provide this service, which is defined in the MaineCare Manual section 28. Our team of Behavioral Health Professionals utilizes a number of evidence-based strategies to assist children and families in the course of their work. Areas of service includes:

  • Implementing positive behavioral support plans
  • Training in daily living skills
  • Skill building in the community to improve social functioning
  • Assisting families with approaches to crisis management
  • Assisting family members with crisis management
  • Facilitating consistency between home, school and community venues
  • Any other areas as determined by the child’s treatment plan


Our Mission

Our mission is to promote independence and freedom of choice for the individuals we serve. Our core beliefs include that each person with a disability has a desire for a rich and varied life, including a physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimension. We also believe each person grows through their life experience and has the right to make his/her own life choices, including those that may involve risk. We support each person to discover their own dream for a meaningful life.


Our Team 

Our team consists of a group of highly qualified and well trained individuals. At minimum, our CCM staff must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year institution of higher learning with a specialization in psychology, mental health and human services, behavioral health, behavioral sciences, social work, human development, special education, counseling, rehabilitation, sociology, nursing or closely related field is minimally required. Additionally, our CCM’s are supported to attend Bi-Weekly supervision sessions as well as team meetings monthly. We are proud to announce that all of our Case Managers are currently in the process of earning their LSW

Children’s In Home Support

Lynne Wheeler, Children’s Services Manager

Lynne Wheeler, Children’s Services Manager

Lynne joined The Progress Center, Inc. in 2011.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Southern Maine. She is a certified BHP trainer and is pursuing her license in social work. Lynne has experience in managing and implementing changes to improve programs.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049x 218, lynnewheeler@progresscentermaine.org

Melanie Barker, Children’s Services Coordinator

Melanie Barker is a Children’s Services Coordinator and has been employed here for 19 months. She has a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has worked with people who have disabilities for over twenty years in a variety of positions and of all ages.

Contact Information: 207-890-4072 melaniebarker@progresscentermaine.org

Shelly Pedro, Children’s Services Coordinator

Shelly joined The Progress Center, Inc. in 2014.  She has a passion for supporting children and their families that goes back to her years of volunteer service with Head Start and propelled her to return to school and earn her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Family Studies.  Shelly began her career with us as a BHP and is proud to be serving the families in our community as a Children’s Services Coordinator.

Contact Information: 207-461-1574, shellypedro@progresscentermaine.org

Melanie Ryerson, Children’s Services Coordinator

Melanie joined The Progress Center, Inc. in February 2017, as a Children’s Service Coordinator. She began working with families and youth in 2001 as a BHP and throughout the years transitioned into the roles of Field Trainer, Program Manager  assistant, Program Manager and Compliance Coordinator. When not at work, Melanie enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be part of The Progress Center team and looks forward to continuing her work with families and youth.

Contact Information: 207-461-2630, melanieryerson@progresscentermaine.org

Cristen Regios, Children’s Services Coordinator

Contact Information: 207-461-2125, cristenregios@progresscentermaine.org

Make a Referral

Referral Form

Online Referral Form for all of The Progress Center's programs.

Step 1 of 3

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  • Please provide the full physical address of the individual being referred.
  • Please indicate if this person is the parent or guardian if under 18 or legal guardian if 18+.

 “The Progress Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Supporter”