Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

June 2009

This month, I am sharing with you some important changes Crossroads for Women has been making in order to position ourselves for the future - changes to our mission and in our services. Many of these changes also include an expansion of services to women and their families!

On a more personal note, we have a subtle but meaningful staff change occurring this month here at Crossroads for Women. Anne Berube, our medical case manager, will be retiring after almost 35 years. Anne was here in 1974 when the very first client walked through our doors in Windham. Anne is literally a walking history of Crossroads for Women. The entire staff and board wish you the best, Anne. Thank you for your dedication to the organization and, most importantly, to the women we serve!
Crossroads Changes its Mission
Crossroads for Women logoCrossroads for Women's Board of Directors recently voted to update the agency's mission statement. The new mission statement better reflects the services that Crossroads for Women delivers to women and their families every day.

Specifically, the mission reflects the focus on substance abuse and mental health. Historically, the women we have treated have almost always come to us with some sort of co-occurring mental health issue, like depression or anxiety. Because substance abuse and mental health go hand in hand with each other, both have been a part of our regular treatment planning. Though we started as a residential substance abuse treatment facility almost 35 years ago in Windham, we now have 4 locations that offer residential and outpatient services at different levels of care. Both of our outpatient offices in Portland and Kennebunk now offer mental health counseling, in addition to our substance abuse and co-occurring services.

We thought it would be a good time to update our mission statement to be more clear about our services. It is a subtle, but important change for Crossroads for Women.

Here is the newly updated mission:
Crossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and mental health so that women and their families can lead healthy lives.
New Outpatient Therapy Group Offers Support to Friends and Family Members
Woman and man at tableThe Friends and Family Group is an ongoing therapy group specifically for friends and family members that have loved ones struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction. It is designed to offer support, options and a place to be themselves. Participants will be able to get the help they need for their situation and share trials and triumphs with others. Women and men are welcome to this group.

This new therapy group will replace the friends and family educational series, "The Effects of Addiction on Friends and Family," which will no longer be offered. The group will be a part of Crossroads for Women's regular treatment services, meaning that it is an outpatient therapy option and not strictly educational.

Friends and Family Group
when: Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
where:  Crossroads for Women Outpatient Office, 66 Pearl Street, Suite 202, Portland
FMI:  207.773.9931 or

Crossroads for Women accepts MaineCare, private insurance and self-pay.

Crossroads Changes, Expands
By now, we are used to hearing how organizations are responding to the current economic climate. It's no secret that times are tough for everyone right now. The senior staff at Crossroads for Women has responded to these harder times by taking a good look at how the organization is run and evaluating the effectiveness of all of our programs and services from top to bottom. In the end, they decided to make some changes so that Crossroads for Women can continue to provide its vital services to women in Maine and serve as a national model for women-specific treatment for years to come.

Here's what will be different as of July 1, 2009:
  • Clients will no longer be required to have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse to be admitted to any of our outpatient programs. So, women will be offered counseling and medication management services for substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring issues in Portland and Kennebunk. (IOP will continue to require a substance abuse diagnosis.)
  • Our licensed daycare in Windham will close. Daycare staff will continue to provide child care services at the Residential Rehabilitation CAMP wing of our main building instead.
  • Due to a lack of state funding, the two beds for the halfway house level of the Children And Mothers Program (CAMP) will be eliminated. (The four residential rehabilitation level CAMP beds will continue.)
If you have any questions about these changes, feel free to call us at 207.773.9931.

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Crossroads for Women
Crossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and mental health so that women and their families can live healthy lives. FMI, call 207.773.9931 or visit our website.

Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women

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