CCC Wednesday Communique — June 14, 2023

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that created the first official flag for the United States of America.  Then in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that decree by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day.  (Learn more history here.)

Happy Flag Day!

New this week:

5th Annual Opioid Response Summit

Registration is open for Gov. Mills’ 5th Annual Opioid Response Summit: The Power of Prevention Focusing on Families, Thursday, July 20th at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, 8 am — 5 pm.  This full-day, in-person program will include keynote speakers and breakout sessions, with the voices of persons in recovery featured prominently again this year.  See the Agenda.

Storybook Walk

Join the Prevention Council and Healthy Acadia on Tuesday, June 27th, at 10am in Lafayette Park, Calais, for a storybook walk.  We will be reading Lynne Cherry’s “How Groundhog’s Garden Grew.”  All ages welcome!  This free event is intended to promote a healthy lifestyle and overall well-being.  Download a flyer to share.  For more information, contact Monica at 207-255-8273 or

4-H Science Fridays

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer 4-H Science Fridays beginning June 23. Youth will meet with 4-H Professional, Gabby Brodek, one Friday a month June through August on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias.  This club will focus on exploring science topics and skills, spending time outside, and becoming familiar with the University of Maine at Machias campus.  Sessions include Plants Arounds Us on June 23, Kite Making on July 21, and DNA, Strawberries and You on Aug. 18.  The events are free; registration is required. Register and find more information on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-255-3345;

Webinar Series Addressing Health-Related Social Needs
Corrected Flyer Available

Download the corrected flyer for Webinar #2 on June 29th of the New England Rural Health Association’s live webinar series.  These webinars examine strategies for using community partnerships and innovative financing approaches to address health related social needs (see full announcement in the One-Time Events section below).

 Parenting in Recovery Art & Support
The Sunrise Prevention Council is hosting 2 Parenting in Recovery Support Groups.  Join us for art activities and support! Share stories, find resources and get parenting information and so much more.  Free and Open to the Public. No registration needed:
  • Calais Recovery Center
    311 Main Street, Calais
    Every Tuesday from 12-1pm
  • Downeast Recovery Center
    11 Free Street, Machias
    Every Wednesday 12-1pm

SUD Treatment & Recovery Loan Repayment Program

HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce held an online information session regarding a new funding opportunity: Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment program (check the website for a recording). Eligible substance use disorder (SUD) treatment clinicians and community health workers can apply to receive up to $250,000 in educational loan repayment in exchange for working full-time for six years at an approved facility. Recent research shows that nearly one fifth (18.4 percent) of rural counties did not have a behavioral health or social service counselor compared to 4.6 percent of urban counties.  Half of all Maine Counties qualify as tier 1 (Highest Priority for Loan Repayment for SUD Professionals). Please share with people that may be interested.  Email Charles Dwyer at with any questions.

Flexible Job for a Parent

Join the G.E.A.R. Parent Network and become a member of a statewide team!  We have a full time job opening for a parent who has raised or is raising a child/youth with emotional/behavioral health concerns in the role of “Regional Parent Support Coordinator” in Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington Counties.  This leadership and parent peer role is to facilitate supportive educational workshops, support groups and organize special events along with creating positive community partnerships; in addition to providing information, resources, advocacy, mentoring and sharing of your own personal lived experiences to support and empower parents who also have children/youth with emotional or behavioral health concerns.  Candidate must also live in one of the counties listed above.  See full job description.

7 Ways to Care for Elderly Parents Who Live Far Away

April Biggs lives in Milwaukee. She worries about her parents, who are both in their mid-70s, living in Jacksonville, Florida. Both have serious health issues and Biggs hopes to encourage them to get additional help when she can’t be there, so they can remain in their home. “We’re at a point where they cannot really care well for themselves or each other,” she says.  Sound familiar? Biggs, 48, is one of the estimated 56 million unpaid family caregivers—and among the 11% who are long distance caregivers, defined as living an hour or more away from their loved one, according to AARP.  Read more.  From: Fortune | Published: June 4, 2023

Hope Fund Pause on New Applications 

See our announcement about the Hope Fund in the Updates Section below.

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