A Special Edition: Women in Recovery
Brought to you by the Portland Women's Task Force
Supporting Women
Treatment Resources
Publications & Articles
Training Opportunity
Women as Leaders
Yahoo! Groups
Next Meeting

This special edition e-newsletter is being brought to you by the Portland Women's Taskforce.  This group formed in January 2008 and has grown to nearly 30 members of concerned professionals and community members.  This newsletter highlights local programming and support services as well as articles that feature the current status and challenges of women in recovery.

Amanda Edgar & Ronni Katz
City of Portland's Overdose Prevention Project
Members, Portland Women's Taskforce
Treatment is Right Around the Corner:
A listing of treatment & recovery-related support resources for women in the
Southern Maine area

Click Here for the the City of Portland's Substance Abuse Prevention Programs' WebsiteStemming from our January 16th meeting, it has become increasingly clear that there needs to be a "quick reference guide" of providers working with women seeking treatment.  While the discussion about how to best support providers and women seeking treatment continues, we wanted to prepare a list of the variety of resources available to women in our community.

Click Here for a list of Local Treatment Providers
Click Here for Support Services & Publications Specific to Women & Girls
Publications & Articles
Shedding Light on the Need for Women's Peer-Recovery Programs

young womanYWCA's Lost Housing Needs Replacement
"Women who were housed there have few places to go, and many have ended up in homeless shelters.  A special to the Portland Press Herald by Mark Swann, Executive Director of Preble Street Resource Center and John Anton, a city councilor and president of the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund."
Click Here for the Full January 28, 2008 Article

State Women's Prison Stretched to Capacity

"The state prison for women in Goffstown houses 133 women, 33 more than its designated capacity. The crowding has forced prison officials to convert an activity room to a 24-bed dormitory. The regular dormitory section houses 60 inmates who share three toilets and four showers."

Click Here for the Full Nashua (NH) Telegraph Article

Supreme Court of New Mexico Strikes Down State's Attempt to Convict Woman Struggling with Addiction During Pregnancy
"On May 11, the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico turned back the state's attempt to expand the criminal child abuse laws to apply to pregnant women and fetuses. In 2003, Ms. Cynthia Martinez was charged with felony child abuse 'for permitting a child under 18 years of age to be placed in a situation that may endanger the child's life or health. . .'"
Click Here for the Full Drug Policy Alliance Article

Women In The Criminal Justice System: An Overview
"During the last 20 years, there has been a profound change in the manner in which women are treated within the criminal justice system. This has been a result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women. In response, the consideration of a gender-specific approach to studying criminal justice policy has moved from a mere footnote to a full-fledged reform movement."
Click Here for the Full Sentencing Project Overview
Join us for a Recovery Forum about
Medication Assisted Recovery with Lisa Mojer-Torres

Presented by the Maine Alliance for Addiction and Recovery (MAAR)

The Maine Alliance for Addiction and Recovery is happy to announce the upcoming training with Lisa Mojer-Torres, national recovery advocate & civil rights attorney.  Ms. Mojer-Torres is a nationally recognized expert regarding stigma and discrimination in addiction treatment and recovery. She speaks from her experience as a methadone advocate who is also in long-term recovery from heroin addiction.  Pre-registration is required.  There is no cost to participate.

Click Here for the Brochure & Registration Details

This training is supported by MAAR's recovery outreach as a partner with the Advancing Recovery Grant awarded to Maine Office of Substance Abuse and is open to people in recovery from alcohol & drug related problems and family members & significant others affected by addiction & recovery.


Women's Leadership Training Initiative (WLTI):
Coming to Portland May 2-4, 2008

NHWTR WebsiteFrom the New Hampshire Taskforce on Women & Recovery (NHTWR): The Women's Leadership Training Initiative (WLTI) brings together diverse groups of recovering women for series of half day empowerment workshops. Workshops are led by two trained facilitators. At least one facilitator has lived experience in recovery from alcoholism or other drug addiction. WLTI is FREE to women in recovery.

The Maine Alliance for Addiction & Recovery (MAAR) will be holding the WLTI training from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford Street, Portland
Click Here for Mapquest Directions

FMI about the training, contact Deb Dettor at ddettor@masap.org
or Click Here FMI About WLTI

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Yahoo! Groups

The Portland Women's Taskforce has created an email group using Yahoo! Groups.  If you would like to be a part of the email group, please go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/portlandwomenstaskforce/
or email Ronni Katz at rmk@portlandmaine.gov
Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be held on March 5, 2008 from 1:30-3:00.  We plan to hold the meeting at Maine Medical Center but if the anticipated crowd surpasses a certain amount, we will need to move it to an offsite location (995 Congress Street).  In light of the this, please be sure to RSVP quickly, so that we may determine the best location for the meeting.  Please let me know if you have any agenda items to add.

RSVP Ronni at 756-8116 or rmk@portlandmaine.gov

Portland's Overdose Prevention Project and its programs are supported by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and the City of Portland Public Health Division, HHSD.

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Click Here for OSA's Website
City of Portland Public Health Division
Health & Human Services Department
389 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 756-8053