June 2011    

Happy Summer! As we start to enjoy warm weather (hopefully), vacations and other fun summer activities, Crossroads for Women can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Our residential programs will be staying open! Thank you to all who have stuck by us and showed their support by calling legislators and spreading the word about our situation. Your work paid off!

Also, this month we are announcing that Crossroads will now offer outpatient services to men. In other news, we're happy to share that HRASM was recognized for their wonderful work with Crossroads and Maine Correctional Center.
articleoneCrossroads for Women's Residential Programs Are Staying Open!

Crossroads for Women Halfway HouseIf you've been keeping up with Crossroads for Women via this e-Newsletter, our Facebook page or blog, you know that it's been a tough legislative session for us. At the beginning of the session, funds to Crossroads for Women and other treatment providers from the Fund for Health Maine were being cut. In response to the cuts, the Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) did not allocate any funds to Crossroads for Women's residential programs. We would be forced to close our doors to these programs on July 1.

In response, we asked for help from all of our supporters and our legislators. We testified in Augusta and made our case to anyone who would listen. We're happy to report that all that work paid off! At the end of last week, we received our contracts for our residential programs.


We'd like to take a moment to publicly thank our legislators, particularly those on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, who restored full funding to OSA and made it possible for our residential programs to stay open. 


Thank YOU, again, for your continued support throughout this process. So many of you spoke in our behalf through testifying in Augusta, emailing and calling your representatives and sharing information about our situation. Words cannot express how much we appreciate your efforts.

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articletwoCrossroads is Starting to Provide Outpatient Treatment for Men
In the last e-Newsletter, we mentioned that Crossroads for Women has a lot of changes in the works for its outpatient services. We talked about the expansion of Kennebunk Counseling Center and the moving and expansion of Greater Portland Counseling Center.

Today, we're ready to announce that Crossroads will now start serving men in an outpatient setting. This decision was made in response to an identified need for more substance abuse and mental health treatment services, including counseling and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), for men. We are constantly being asked to expand our services to men and have started to work with some of our referral sources to treat men. We will start to offer two separate tracks for people seeking outpatient substance abuse and mental health services, one for men and one for women.

As you can imagine, serving men means that Crossroads will have to undergo some changes related to its name, logo and mission. We remain committed to a gender-specific treatment model and look forward to sharing more of our plans with you in the next few months.

If you are interested in finding out more about outpatient services for men, please contact Lisa Wishart, Crossroads for Women's community relations coordinator, at 207.671.6377. If you are a clinician, please click on the JobsInMe.com link below for job opportunities in Windham, Portland and Kennebunk.

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thirdHRASM Recognized for Work with Crossroads and Maine Correctional Center
HRASMThe Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM) has been working with Crossroads for Women's halfway house and the Maine Correctional Center WorkReady program for a few months now. Specifically, they have been helping men and women reshape their employment outlook.

The halfway house clients that have worked with the professionals from HRASM have reported extremely positive experiences from this program, including finding employment. We recently learned that this program received the 2011 HR Project of the Year Award. According to the award plaque, they have "affected over 150 lives of men and women by the HRASM work at the Maine Correctional Center WorkReady Program and the Crossroads for Women Program." Congratulations to the women in HRASM who have worked with us through this program. We look forward to sustaining it for years to come!

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Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women
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.
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Crossroads for Women's Residential Programs Are Staying Open!

Crossroads is Starting to Provide Outpatient Treatment for Men

HRASM Recognized for Work with Crossroads and Maine Correctional Center

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