Advocacy Partnership Exchange
Our next APEx Workshop is scheduled for June 18, 2009 from 9:00a-10:00a at Preble Street Resource Center.
Q & A: Making the Call, Taking the Call -
Responders & Dispatchers Talk 911
We will feature representatives from
Portland's Fire Dept/Rescue to discuss the first responder perspective when dealing with an
overdose situation. Dispatchers will present folks with "what to expect" when making a 911 phone call in an OD situation.
Thank you to Preble Street Resource Center and the Portland Fire Department's John Kooistra for making this workshop possible.
FMI Contact Amanda (207) 756-8053.
Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
Program updates and training opportunities from MARR's coordinator, Deb Dettor
MAAR was the lead applicant that partnered with Portland Public Health
Division, NEIAS and Bangor Health & Community Services to
submit a SAMHSA grant for an April 28 deadline. This
project will initiate ongoing Recovery Leadership Trainings for women and
men and also develop other community-based peer recovery support models.
With or without this award, these partners will continue to collaborate to
support development of peer recovery support projects in our state that will
facilitate creation of a Recovery Oriented System of Care.
Deb has been meeting with providers and community
groups to present about Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC),
a model that is emerging across our country. This model places recovering
people at its center, while reconfiguring service delivery to support AOD
problems as a chronic condition requiring long-term support. ROSC also
refers to a larger recovery support continuum than currently exists in Maine
but that includes peer recovery support and strengthening natural
community supports at its center.
To talk with Deb about these educational efforts in Maine, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 458-4366.
|Acts for Change: The Preble Street Benefit Concert
A concert encompassing more than 20 of Portland's top music and comedy acts will benefit the Preble Street Resource Center
"The benefit concert will be held on
Sunday, May 17, at The Asylum on Center
concert will be held from approximately noon-midnight, with doors opening at 11
are only $15, and available at all Bull Moose locations.
The all-volunteer concert is a
response to reports that 21 homeless people died on the streets of Portland in 2008, as well
as record demands on Preble Street's
services. For example, Preble
now serves some 9,000 people each month for
The musical list includes such
highly-regarded local bands and musicians as Spencer Albee (As Fast As, Rustic
Overtones, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia) Tony McNaboe (Rustic Overtones),
This Way, Sly Chi, Eric Bettencourt, Adam Kurtz, Royal Hammer, Grupo Esperanza,
and Jacob Augustine among many others. Comedy talents include headliner George
Hamm, Brian Brinegar, Seth Bond Perry to name a few."
For updated information, please
Or, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/actsforchange
FMI email email@example.com
News, Publications &
National news and research regarding addiction and overdose prevention.
Homeless alcoholics can't just quit:
Managing alcohol addiction, including free drinks, has worked wonders -- and
shows why we must treat addictions equally
(Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen 3/20/09)
Snorting Drugs can Expose You to Hepatitis C (Addiction Inbox Blog, 4/14/09)
The Perils of Polydrug Abuse: Methadone and Benzodiazepines
(Addiction Inbox Blog, 4/9/09)
Economy down, Addictions up: Do people drink more during a recession? (Addiction Inbox Blog, 3/21/09)
Recovery Center: Opiates cheaper, easier to get than ever (Morgan Day, The Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster, PA, 4/5/09)
Brockton opioid overdose prevention coalition takes steps to save lives (Maureen Boyle, Wicked Local, 3/19/09)
Syringe Exchange and the Police: An Alliance In Waiting
(Allan Clear, Huffington Post, 3/4/09)
Author of Book on Addiction Struggles with Relapse
(Join Together, 4/17/09)
Pill Sales Rise as Financial Anxiety Chases the Sandman Away
(NY Times, 4/24/09)
Online: Videos Highlighting Addiction & Treatment Around the World
Links for interesting videos about addiction, its toll and what some people are doing about it.STAYING ALIVE http://thesecondroad.org/videos.php
aired March 13, 2009 on CBC-TV (CANADA)http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2008-2009/staying_alive/Wired In (UK): David Clark's Videos
"Life as a heroin addict,"
"Methadone waiting lists," "Recovery - Important
Components"http://vimeo.com/davidclarkwired/videos/sort:dateFreedom From Addiction: The Park View ProjectThe Park View project is the only residential drug and alcohol
rehabilitation centre in Liverpool. This film is an introduction to
Park View, it's raison d'etre and it's methods of treatment. The film
was made by somebody in recovery who is now a filmmaker at Genie In the
Gutter - Park View's sister company.http://www.vimeo.com/2585226The Second Road: Guest Bloggers Share Their Stories for Alcohol Awareness Month
Click the link to read the stories and watch the videos about addiction and
recovery from guest posters Tom, Kristin, Cat, William C. Moyers and MORE.http://www.thesecondroad.org/tsr/author/the-second-road/
The Second Road: Recovery VideosClick on any of the 'tickets' to view a clip.
|SAVE THE DATE:
Maine Alcohol & Drug Advocacy Leadership Training Institutes
If you feel strongly
about the problems of substance abuse in Maine and the possibilities for
change...join us for one of our 2009
day-long advocacy training retreats.
This initiative is
based on the successful New Hampshire model of leadership and policy development
through the New Futures' Community Leadership Initiative. This year, Maine was
recognized by Join Together as one of three states that were awarded a small
technical assistance grant to begin to develop this type of training
The intent of these training retreats is to develop a network of new
advocates for improved alcohol and other drug prevention, treatment and recovery
services in Maine.
faculty of state and legislative officials, executives and experts will serve as
trainers and the institutes will provide the latest information, strategies and
skills so that participants feel comfortable and confident when advocating for
funding or policies.
PORTLAND: June 12
State of Maine Room
BANGOR: June 19
United Tech Center
This project is a joint venture of the Maine Association of Substance Abuse
Programs, the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and the Maine Alliance to
Prevent Substance Abuse. FMI Call (207) 621-8118
Our next Overdose Prevention Project Meeting will be held on May 6, 2009 from
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
at City Hall.
We will have a special presentation about Safe Medicine Disposal as we work on a
plan for a Medicine Recycling Day for Greater Portland.
Please RSVP Ronni (207) 756-8116