CCC Wednesday Communique — September 15, 2021

Celebrating recovery in Washington County — join this year’s Recovery Walk in Machias on September 24th.  Details in the announcement below.  (Recovery Walk 2019 photo courtesy of Rick Heller, Quoddy Tides)

Happy Wednesday!

New this Week

Recovery Walk 2021
The Washington County Action Team invites you to the 5th annual Walk for Recovery to celebrate those in recovery, families in recovery, and recovery allies on Friday, September 24th, at 6 pm on the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce lawn (across from Helen’s).  See flyer for details.

2 Trainings presented by Abby Frutchey
In recognition of National Recovery Month, the CCC invites you to 2 free training events presented by our Substance Use Response Coordinator, Abby Frutchey, MSW, LADC, CCS:
  • Beyond the Label: Reducing Substance Use Related Stigma, a one-hour Zoom presentation you can attend during lunchtime (12 Noon) on September 29th. This virtual brown bag presentation covers impacts stigma has on our community members impacted by substance use disorder and strategies to reduce that stigma.  Register here.
  • Understanding the impacts of substance use disorder: supporting students and families, 4-hour  virtual training held in two 2-hour sessions on September 24th & 27th from 9–11 am. Designed for partners of Family Futures Downeast, this training is open to any staff member of a CCC partner organization.  Training Objectives: understanding bias and its impacts; understanding substance use disorders; impacts of substance use for individuals and family systems; identifying elements in the change process; building resiliency through strengths-based approaches; understanding importance of person-centered language; and expanding knowledge of community resources.  UMM is offering .4 CEUs for participants who complete both sessions.  Register for part 1 (September 24th) here.  A link to join session 2 will be provided in the chat.

Free CME Virtual Workshop

Healthy Acadia and Power of Prevention are hosting a virtual CME workshop on the topic of Chronic Pain and Addiction for providers, Thursday, September 30th, from Noon to 1 pm. This is in response to the survey that we asked providers to participate in a couple months back. The link to register has information about the presenter and more information about the workshop. We are asking that you share this flyer with any and all providers that you know who may be interested.

Preparing for Emergency Needs Training

Please join the Downeast Public Health Council on September 21st and/or on September 28th for a great opportunity to take the Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training! The training simplifies preparedness into 10 Preparedness Actions that are easy to follow and quickly implement into any home or business structure. This training will help organizations:

  • Identify risks
  • Learn essential preparedness actions
  • Locate available resources to execute preparedness actions

Please share with your networks and click on the registration links below. If you have any questions or would like promotional materials to share with your networks, please reach out to either Jed Fiato or Arlene Magoon. Thank you!

3 Trainings offering CEUs
The Sunrise Prevention Council is excited to announce 3 of our professional trainings are now approved for Continuing Education Unit Credits (CEUs):
  • Infant Safe Sleep
  • Period of Purple Crying
  • Protective Factors/Strengthening Maine.
All three are one-hour trainings and held via zoom and can be scheduled to accommodate your schedule! Please contact the Prevention Council at or 263-5270 for more information and to schedule a training.

FREE Online Behavioral Health Trainings

The Center for Deployment Psychology offers a series of workshops for learning to work with military-connected clients through the Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) Program. This unique program is designed to create a provider registry of civilian behavioral health professionals who are trained in military culture and evidenced-based treatments to increase confidence in assisting individuals with behavioral health concerns, particularly those serving in the Army and Air National Guard as well as Veterans.  Read more about these opportunities in the Event Calendars & Training Series section of this newsletter.

Dehydrating and Freezing for Food Preservation

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer an online class on dehydrating and freezing for food preservation from 6–7:30 p.m., Sept. 23. Learn how to safely preserve foods by blanching and freezing, or by using a food dehydrator. Freezing instructions and a dehydration food guide will be emailed following the webinar. Registration and a $5 fee is required. Register on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sharon Paradis, 207.834.3905;

NAMI Maine Support Group in Washington County

This group, led by trained volunteers, is for people impacted by mental health challenges, their own or that of a family member. NAMI Support Groups will help you:

  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Embrace forgiveness and reject guilt
  • Understand that mental health conditions are no one’s fault

Meets on the first Tuesday of the Month, 6 – 7:30 pm on Zoom or call +1 646 558 8656 (Meeting ID: 995 7971 1646, Password: 019058). For more information, contact group facilitator Amy: 207-726-0608 or 207-263-7889.
Click here to learn more and see a listing of all NAMI Maine Support Groups. NAMI Family-to-Family and NAMI Support Groups have been described as life changing by people who have participated in them. It would be great to see these free support services widely used in Washington County.

Recovery Center Opens in Ellsworth
Healthy Acadia is excited to be opening a new recovery center at our Church Street office in Ellsworth.  It is our hope that INSPIRE – In Support of People in Recovery – will be a safe, fun and comfortable space for people to connect with others in the recovery community.  We will be holding an open house on Saturday, September 18th, from 11 am-2 pm.  There will be family friendly activities, live music, Darling’s Ice Cream Truck, an in person silent auction, yoga and BBQ cooked by Ellsworth Police Department.  There will also be community resource tables.  We would love to have all of you from the DTSN join us for this event.  See flyer for details.

Machias Job Fair

The Machias CareerCenter is hosting a job fair on Thursday, September 16th, from 9 am to 12 noon and we would love your assistance in getting the word out to job seekers.  Please share this flyer or refer people to the event on Facebook.

MCF Opening for Grants Administrator
Maine Community Foundation has a new position available that will be posted on our website shortly.  Please share this job description for a Grants Administrator with your networks.

2 WaYS paid opportunities

the University of Maine Wabanaki Center and the Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) program have funding to support mentorships and internships for Wabanaki students enrolled at the University of Maine at Machias or living in Washington county. There are two distinct programs:

  • Kinap mentorships are available to college-age students (upper level undergraduates or graduate students) who will be mentors to younger students at UMM and in their tribal communities. A press release announcing the new program can be found here.
  • Mentorship program originally called “Ambassadors Program.” WaYS Internships are also available for all Wabanaki students living in Washington county or enrolled at UMM. Students will collaborate with advisors to design an internship project in an area of concern to them and to their tribal community. Their project advisors will include a Cultural Knowledge Keeper from the Wabanaki community and a western researcher or professional. Other advisors can be included.

Read the full program announcement here, and please share this flyer.

Healthy Acadia Recruiting for 3 Positions

We currently have the following employment opportunities available. Use the links below to view position descriptions and application information:


Healthy Acadia is once again sponsoring the 17th Annual Turkey-A-Thon in partnership with WQDY 92.7/WALZ 95.3. This year’s event is on Friday, October 8th, from 7 am to 5 pm. Download the flyer and post in your community or at your organization. We are looking for volunteers at locations across Washington County!