Yearly Archives 2012

Health Care Reform Education Project (2012)

Amistad, Inc., in partnership with the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, NAMI Maine, and the Consumer Council System of Maine, developed and implemented a Health Care Reform Education program which reached out to, connected with, and educated peers and individuals in recovery throughout the state of Maine about the impact of...
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Changing Substance Abuse Relapse Policies

Dr. David Mee-Lee, a leading expert in co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, has recommended changing how substance abuse clinicians use the word “relapse.” He published the advice below in two issues of his newsletter, “Tips and Topics.” “The general public still largely views addiction as a self-inflicted problem,” Mee-Lee...
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Maine Health Reform Learning Collaborative Project (2012)

As part of an effort to build state coalitions and educate mental health and substance use stakeholders on health reform implementation, SAMHSA invited state mental health and substance use consumer and peer organizations, recovery community organizations, family member organizations, provider organizations, and other behavioral health stakeholder organizations to participate in...
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Mentor ME (2010–2012)

This grant from the U.S. Department of Justice was used to expand and enhance My Sister’s Keeper’s mentoring ministry and offer vocational services through Goodwill to female offenders at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine. The two-year grant supported the Mentor ME program, serving 40 adult female offenders. The...
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Helping Clients Withdraw from Psychiatric Medication

Are you a clinician who wants to help clients withdraw from medication successfully? Maybe you need to go through a withdrawal of your own – a withdrawal from the prescription-oriented mindset. That’s what David Cohen, Ph.D., LCSW, said at CCSME’s Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication...
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The Pitfalls of Psychotropics

Has mental illness become an epidemic in the United States? Robert Whitaker, a science journalist and author specializing in mental health, says the answer is “yes.” He will speak at CCSME’s upcoming conference, “Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication.” Whitaker wrote a peer-reviewed article, “Anatomy of an...
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