Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

July 2009

It's the middle of July, and it finally feels like summer in Maine. I hope you're having a good one! This month, we're asking you to CLYNK for Crossroads, reporting on some great results from our 18-month COSII grant and announcing a new partnership with the CPPC.
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CLYNK for Crossroads!
Want to help raise some green for Crossroads for Women while also being green? CLYNK for Crossroads! Here's how it works:

1. Pick up or request a special green CLYNK bag from Crossroads for Women.

2. Fill the bag with your empty bottles and cans.

3. Drop the bag off to your local Hannaford at the CLYNK counter to be recycled. Find CLYNK locations

4. Repeat!

There's no need to sort, count or even wait in line. Our special CLYNK bags have a bar code on them so that when you drop off your returnables to be recycled, Crossroads for Women will automatically receive the redemption money. Proceeds from the CLYNK returnables will go toward supporting women and their families to lead healthy lives free from alcohol and /or drug addiction. To get bags for your family or workplace, email or call Shirley at 207.773.9931 or pick them up at our administrative offices at 66 Pearl Street, Suite 326, Portland.

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Crossroads Wraps Up COSII Grant
Crossroads for Women logoCrossroads for Women recently completed its participation in an 18-month Co-Occurring Statewide Integration Initiative (COSII) grant to improve its ability to treat women with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Approximately 20 Maine agencies participated in the grant along with Crossroads.

As part of the effort to integrate treatment for mental heath and substance abuse, Crossroads for Women initiated several simple, but important changes to its existing structure. These changes included updating our mission to include mental health treatment, implementing permanent process improvement structures to increase admission and retention, training and educating staff on co-occurring disorders, adding medication management services and revising applicable policies and procedures.

The grant has been extremely helpful to our organization, leaving us in an even better position to treat our clients who have a mental health diagnosis. And while we have historically treated women with co-occurring diagnoses, we now also offer outpatient mental health services without a substance abuse diagnosis. Moving forward, we plan to sustain our work with co-occurring disorders and have taken several steps to permanently integrate the treatment of substance abuse and mental health throughout the agency.
Crossroads Becomes a CPPC Partner
CPPC logoCrossroads for Women is excited to announced its new partnership with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC). We join more than 20 other agencies in the Greater Portland area who are dedicated to protecting children through involvement from public agencies, families and local neighborhoods. Working together, we are better able to identify gaps in services and address those gaps with feedback from the community. We look forward to being an active partner in the CPPC!

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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CLYNK for Crossroads!

Crossroads Wraps Up COSII Grant

Crossroads Becomes a CPPC Partner

Share Your Story to Celebrate Crossroads' 35th Anniversary!

Crossroads for Women is looking for alumnae to share their stories of treatment and recovery gained, in part, through Crossroads for Women. Write an article or poem. Share some original artwork that is inspired by recovery. Or, simply give us a call and tell us your story, and we'll write it for you. You can remain anonymous, if you'd like. We'll feature stories and other inspirations in our e-Newsletter, blog, Facebook and/or website to celebrate our 35th anniversary in October! FMI, call Jen at 207.773.9931, ext. 128 or email.
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Promise Yourself: Inspirational Poem for Those in Recovery or Close to it

The following poem by Christian D. Larson has been used by hospitals to help patients recover from illness and by coaches to motivate their players. It seems to be pretty inspirational for those in recovery or those close to someone in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Read More

Rise in Women Drinking Alcohol Notable in Recent Studies

A recent study coming out of Canada showed that 1 in 25 deaths worldwide are attributed to alcohol. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) researchers concluded that a rise since 2000 was due to more women in the world drinking alcohol. Most of the deaths caused by alcohol were through injuries, cancer, cardiovascular disease and liver cirrhosis. Read More

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ME Office of Substance Abuse
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Nar-Anon Maine
Substance Abuse Prevention, Portland

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