One Maine One Portland
"Fostering nurturing and healthy relationships, environments, and programs that encourage positive youth development & enable all young people in Greater Portland to live substance free." 
Snowman and Shovel 

Positive Tickets are Coming to Parkside!

OMOP members have been working very closely with Michelle Lauture (PROP/Parkside Community Policing Center) to bring Positive Tickets (PT) to Portland!  Together, we will be piloting PT in Parkside and have established a tentative workplan for early 2008 with the goal of ticket distribution in Summer 2008. 

OMOP members, Parkside youth and community partners will begin contacting local businesses this winter to discuss donations for the PT initiative.  We plan to present a packet with info about PT and the brief DVD to any interested parties; we also envision strengthening our partnership with the City of Portland's Health & Recreation and Public Safety Committees to engage the Chamber of Commerce to create awareness about and support for Positive Tickets.
If you have questions about Positive Tickets or if you or your organization would like more information about how to get involved, please contact Amanda Edgar at 756-8053 or at

The Coordinator's Corner with  OMOP's Ronni Katz

"It Really Does Take a Community"
"I recently had the pleasure of attending a Prevention Breakfast at Casey Family Services.  I was excited to meet with other prevention partners in Portland and to have the opportunity
to share program updates with them.  On the way to the meeting, I heard a news report that said that Portland had been identified as the seventh best place in the country for women to live in Self Magazine's annual "Best Places for Women" survey of 100 metropolitan areas around the country.  The survey looked at criteria that included death and disease rates, environmental indicators, community resources and lifestyle habits.  The report went on to say that Portland is so female-friendly that it has a large assortment of fitness centers that provide childcare while mothers work out.


I turned off the car radio and headed into the prevention breakfast, thinking about how lucky I was to work in a city that is so good for women.  As people from other agencies began to share about their program highlights, a startlingly different view of some of Portland's neighborhoods emerged.  A Community Child Welfare Worker from the Department of Health and Human Services spoke of the frustration and heartbreak of working with young mothers in Parkside who are addicted to opiates.  She described a situation about a woman who was eight months pregnant and on Subutex.  She was starting to go through withdrawal and desperately needed treatment but had no childcare for her four year old child.  The C.C.W. worker didn't know where to turn and she indicated that this woman was one of many who were in similar situations. 


I looked around the table and saw a wealth of services represented there that morning.  It became evident to me that rather than re-invent the wheel, we needed to pull together to find a way to help these young women access the services they needed with minimal effort.  I offered to start the conversation at the next Overdose Prevention Project meeting in December and invited them to attend.  Two weeks later, fourteen of us crowded around a conference table in City Hall and began to break down barriers that had existed for years.  Representatives from social service agencies, law enforcement, methadone clinics and Public Health shared ideas and many offered to form a special Task Force to help create a stronger network of services for young addicted mothers in Portland's neighborhoods.


Portland is a wonderful city and I am truly grateful to work here.  It has so much to offer to so many but we must not forget that our community is responsible for all of our citizens.  As women's rates of drug and alcohol addiction increase here and across the country, hopefully we can address this crisis together so that people are able to get the help they need to live healthy and fuller lives." 



A Community Conversation December 12, 2007

You are invited to a Community Conversation!  Please join PROP's Youth Resiliency Project for a discussion on the needs of refugee and immigrant youth in our community:

*Share your expertise * Learn from others * Network with your colleagues * Contribute to the development of solutions

Click Here for PROP's Website!

December 12th from 2:30 - 4:30 at City Hall in Room 24 (Basement Level)

Please RSVP to Kaki at

Portland Schools Rock Around the World 2008! March 7th from 7:00-11:00 pm

Rock the night away at the Italian Heritage Center to support summer school programs for English language learners. Even bigger and better than last year!

How can you help? Please forward to all your friends and listserv members. Donate arts, crafts, international items, vacation weekends at your camp or ski lodge, gifts from your company.  Volunteer to lead a dance. Volunteer to solicit donations. Sponsor the event. Sell tickets. Help with publicity.

Contact Margie MacDonald Multilingual Program Coordinator, Office of Multilingual and Multicultural Programs
or at 874-8135.

The OMOP Community Calendar

Local events, classes and services have been added to the Community Calendar.  Click on the icon to check it out!

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How to Become Involved

The OMOP Steering Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30-1:00.  If you are interested in attending a meeting or finding out about more opportunities for community involvement, please contact Ronni Katz, City of Portland Public Health Division's Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator at 756-8116 or
Click Here to Email Ronni

One Maine One Portland
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City of Portland Public Health Division, Health & Human Services Department
OMOP & "Time to Talk" on Yahoo! Groups
 I began subscribing to the weekly digest of  "Time to Talk" on Yahoo! Groups in the Summer of '07.  Since then, I have watched the conversations and partnerships of  1,500+ members evolve as parents and concerned adults connect on a national level.  
Earlier this year, OMOP members spoke about offering this type of forum for
Portland parents so i
n late October, I made contact with Debbie Kellogg at The Partnership for a Drug-Free America/"Time to Talk" and told her about OMOP and our goals; Debbie then asked me if I would like to be moderator for the Yahoo! Groups--I jumped at the opportunity!

We will be sure to keep everyone updated as your input in this process will be integral!  Stay tuned for updates and opportunities for involvement!


CASA's Family Day 2007 Update
"On Sept. 24 families across the country ate dinner together as part of the seventh annual Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM, a nationwide initiative started by CASA in 2001. Family Day is held every fourth Monday in September. This year, President Bush issued his seventh consecutive Family Day proclamation, and the governors of 49 states and more than 760 mayors and county executives also issued proclamations..." 
(Click the "Family Day" Icon Below for the Rest of the Story)
Click Here for the 2007 Family Day Update!
PRL Update
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We have just started the PRL (Parent Resource Link) assessment process with Nancy Berg at 2-1-1 Maine.  Nancy will be looking to see if there were any increases in 'hits' to the providers that were linked within the PRL which was created in August.  We will keep you posted on the developments!

Reconnecting Youth: A Teacher's Perspective

Reconnecting Youth is a unique comprehensive, sustained, semester-long high school class taken for credit.  RY is supported by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

For some students, school can feel like an unfriendly, threatening or difficult environment.  The goal of the Reconnecting Youth program is to help students, grades 9-12, find a better way to negotiate the demands of school life.  With help from trained facilitators and a specifically designed curriculum, RY seeks to help students increase GPA for all classes, strive for and maintain consistent attendance, gain stronger self-confidence and a greater ability to handle stress. 


Each day students work on skills towards better personal control and to develop more positive, connected relationships with teachers, friends and family. 

As new skills are gained, the young people begin to feel safety in sharing their stories, they find courage to take risks, focus on hard issues and make some positive changes in their lives.  Peers making a mutual commitment to the RY group help to create this safe place.  In the past year and a half  Deering High has served over 23 students in three successful RY semester-long programs.  It continues to be an exciting adventure. 
-Diane Tinkham, Deering High School RY Teacher
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