Yearly Archives 2013

Moving Integration Forward (2013)

CCSME assisted an initiative of the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) funded by the Jesse B. Cox Foundation to advance behavioral health and physical health integration in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Maine. As part of this initiative, CCSME with MPCA held three regional networking forums anchored by FQHCs....
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Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) Training (2012–2013)

CCSME provided professional education and technical assistance to improve the Maine behavioral health workforce’s understanding of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse, health issues, and trauma. CCSME also worked to improve the Maine behavioral health system. To accomplish this goal, CCSME participated in multiple initiatives, including but not limited to:...
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My Experience Is My Strength

by Mike Blanchard Peer services innovation is part of a SAMHSA networking grant. Our approach when we wrote the grant was specifically to network with folks who are currently working in peer support jobs but also to try to be that bridge between providers and consumers. There are some great...
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I Will Not Let My Suffering Be Wasted

by Craig Lewis I’ve been dealing with mental health issues for a very long time and I’ve also been in the punk rock scene in Boston and around the world. I’ve been very active over the years. My community was not very supportive of me when I was struggling. I...
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A Suicide Screening Tool for Everyone

Dr. Kelly Posner collaborated with a team of scientists to create the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), a screening tool which a diverse range of communities in the United States have now adopted. She spoke at the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s conference on March 21, 2013, “Taking Science into...
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The Trevor Project Gives Hope to LGBT Youth

Teen suicide attempts are a serious problem in the LGBT community. Discrimination, threats, homelessness and violence can lead young people to take their lives. Athena Brewer, senior online programs manager at The Trevor Project, spoke at the Taking Science into Practice: Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference on March...
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The Invisible Wounds of Combat PTSD

What challenges do soldiers face when they develop PTSD and traumatic brain injuries? On March 21, 2013, Hahna David Patterson, director of psychological health at the Maine National Guard, described combat PTSD to an audience of mental health professionals at the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s annual conference, “Taking Science into...
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Motivating Recovery from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems

How can people who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse difficulties build their motivation, curiosity, optimism, and visions for the future? Two researchers at University of Rochester, Richard Ryan (pictured) and Edward Deci, have said meeting people’s needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness increases their motivation to change their lives positively....
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Mentoring shown to reduce future criminality

More than 100 people attended a Nov. 30 conference hosted by Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine on how mentoring can reduce future criminality. Diverting former inmates from crime to becoming responsible and contributing citizens is a worthy goal. Estimates of recidivism comparing those who access mentoring versus those who do not...
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