CCC Wednesday Communique — September 30, 2020


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New this Week

2 NAMI Trainings for SUD Community
NAMI Maine is offering 2, free, full-day trainings for adults working within the Substance Use Disorder Community including recovery house staff, recovery coaches, recovery center staff and affected others. Both trainings will be held at the DownEast Recovery Support Center, 311 Main Street, Calais.
  • Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, October 9th, 8:30 am — 3 pm. This training provides up-to-date information about suicide, teaches basic suicide intervention skills, increases personal confidence and the ability to effectively respond to suicidal behavior, and identifies helpful resources.  Learn more here.
  • Mental Health First Aid, October 16th, 8:30 am — 4:30 pm (download flyer). This training teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. You will learn the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care. Mental Health First Aid is a national best-practice, evidenced-based certification course that leads to a 3 year certification issued by the National Council on Behavioral Health.  Learn more here.

Alzheimer’s Europe Conference Online

Join the 30th Alzheimer’s Europe Conference, held under the motto “dementia in a changing world” between October 20-22, 2020 via online platform. The conference aims to bring together people with dementia, their carers, volunteers and staff of Alzheimer associations, policymakers, health and social care professionals, researchers, academics and industry representatives from all over world. Learn more here.

PTLA Tuesday Eviction Info Sessions

Join Pine Tree Legal Assistance online every Tuesday at 9 am to get your questions answered about eviction.  Learn about the process and how it differs right now during the COVID lockdown.  See flyer for more information.

Attention Work Group/Poverty Busters

Last week we published the wrong link to the upcoming October Zoom for this group.  Many apologies if you have already registered.  Please register using this link.  Thank you!



Updates on programs, research, initiatives and pending legislation

Support with Medicare Enrollment

Open enrollment for Medicare begins October 15th. Medicare Select-a-Plan is an interactive website that can help you shop plans according to your current prescriptions, frequency of refills and doctor visits, even your pharmacy. Compare monthly premiums and deductibles, plan features (vision, dental, hearing, etc.) and more.  You can enroll online or contact certified Medicare specialists for more information to find the plan that works best for you.  Visit Medicare Select-a-Plan here.

One-Time Events  

Fairs, trainings, conferences and more in the state of Maine

Pain in People Who Use Drugs
October 6, 2020

Healthy Acadia invites you to register for this virtual training with Dr. Paul Updike on Tuesday, October 6th, 7 am – 8 am.  Dr. Updike will review a rational way to approach pain complaints among patients with a substance use disorder with particular attention paid to patients on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.  Register here.

The Science of Addiction
October 7, 2020

Jackson Laboratory is hosting a free, virtual event on “The Science of Addiction,” October 7th, 10 am – 11 am. Geneticist Elissa Chesler, Ph.D., has been studying the foundations of addiction for over 15 years. Join us for a virtual conversation about how her studies of behavioral traits in mice and the genetic underpinnings of addiction are contributing to her ultimate research goal of improving outcomes for people with addiction. Register for a complimentary link to the live presentation and Q&A.  This virtual event is part of our JAXtaposition speaker series, bringing together scientists and leadership for virtual conversations about research breakthroughs. See our full list of events here.

A Serious Talk About Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
October 8, 2020

Healthy Acadia invites you to register for this virtual training with Dr. Paul Updike on Thursday, October 8th, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm.  Challenging situations can arise that can threaten the ongoing use of MAT, including other substance use, non-compliance, fears around diversion, and other psychiatric comorbidities. Dr. Updike will discuss strategies to address some of these concerns so that MAT can be safely continued.  Register here.

Keeping the Faith
October 8, 2020

The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging will be hosting a follow up conversation with faith leaders across Northern New England from 1 – 2 pm to hear about how they helped older people stay connected to their communities of faith during COVID-19. In our last conversation on June 17th, we learned ways faith communities are coming together to help keep older people connected to each other and core services during future periods of isolation due to caregiving, illness, or a new outbreak. We welcome you to join this conversation to share how your own faith community has adapted during this time and what reopening looks like in your community.  Click here to register

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for SUD Community
October 9, 2020

NAMI Maine is offering a full-day training for adults working within the Substance Use Disorder Community including recovery house staff, recovery coaches, recovery center staff and affected others. This training provides up-to-date information about suicide, teaches basic suicide intervention skills, increases personal confidence and the ability to effectively respond to suicidal behavior, and identifies helpful resources.  The training will be held from 8:30 am — 3 pm at the DownEast Recovery Support Center, 311 Main Street, Calais. Learn more here.

Telehealth Considerations
Strategies for Special and Vulnerable Populations 

October 15, 2020

The National Center for Equitable Care for Elders is holding a webinar will focus on strategies to reach and serve special and vulnerable populations using telehealth on Thursday, Oct 15, 2:00 PM EDT — open to all participants. Registration link and more information.

Recovery Coaching Basics
October 15, 2020

Healthy Acadia is offering the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)  introductory training on October15th from 9 am — 2 pm, as 5 hours online and 1-2 hours of pre/post work assigned.  Download flyer for details and registration.

Mental Health First Aid Training for SUD Community
October 16, 2020

NAMI Maine is offering a full-day training for adults working within the Substance Use Disorder Community including recovery house staff, recovery coaches, recovery center staff and affected others (download flyer). This training teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. You will learn the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care. Mental Health First Aid is a national best-practice, evidenced-based certification course that leads to a 3 year certification issued by the National Council on Behavioral Health. The training will be held from 8:30 am — 4:30 pm at the DownEast Recovery Support Center, 311 Main Street, Calais.  Learn more here.

Alzheimer’s Europe Conference Online
October 20-22, 2020

Join the 30th Alzheimer’s Europe Conference, held under the motto “dementia in a changing world” between October 20-22 via online platform. The conference aims to bring together people with dementia, their carers, volunteers and staff of Alzheimer associations, policymakers, health and social care professionals, researchers, academics and industry representatives from all over world. Learn more here.

Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems
October 27, 2020

Register Now for the 15th Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Virtual Colloquium: Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems, Tuesday, October 27th, 8:30 am — 3:30 pm. View the program here.  $30 Registration fee.  Register here.

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Serial Classes & Groups  

Classes, play groups, support circles and other repeating events

GEAR’s Fall workshops

The GEAR Parent Network is offering a series of supportive educational workshops FREE to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional or behavioral health concerns this fall. See flyer.  Visit to register or call 1 (800) 264-9224.

ECHO now open to non-medical providers

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based educational model developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico using videoconferencing to connect interdisciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians. Each 90-minute ECHO session will include a brief lecture, a case presentation and discussion between participants and faculty. CME credits are available. These are now open to non-medical providers that are engaged in substance use response (i.e. recovery coaches).  See flyer for details and schedule.

Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia

The National Center for Equitable Care for Elders is holding a webinar series learning collaborative for HRSA-funded health centers: Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia. Dates: (Four Thursdays) October 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020 / 12pm – 1pm EST Webinar via Zoom. To apply, please visit us here

10 Tips to Healthy Eating with Jada Wensman

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center hosts a virtual monthly cooking demonstration and discussion with SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator Jada Wensman beginning Thursday, September 17 from 10    — 11 am. 10 Tips is a 4-session series to inspire healthy cooking and eating. Each 1-hr lesson will include a live recipe demonstration, nutrition tips, and conversation to share ideas for a better diet focused on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. These online classes are free and open to all. For more information or to register and receive the link call: 664-0339 or email

Monthly Virtual Opioid Response Seminar Series

Following Governor Mills’ 2nd Annual Opioid Response Summit, the Governor’s Office is excited to announce the beginning of a monthly virtual seminar series to improve public education and understanding around Substance/Opioid Use Disorder and highlight state and community responses to this deadly epidemic from across Maine. The first seminar will be held on Friday, September 4th from 11:30-12:30. We are thrilled to announce that our first guest will be Dr. Kinna Thakarar of Maine Health ( BIO ). Together, Dr. Thakarar and Maine’s Director of Opioid Response Gordon Smith will discuss harm reduction access in Maine, how COVID-19 has affected that access, and why harm reduction is a critical healthcare service keeping Mainers alive.  Register for free HERE.  CME credits offered with $20 fee.  For more information on the State Opioid Response efforts see: Governor Mills 2nd Annual Opioid Response Summit and Governor’s Office of Policy and Innovation.

LiveWell: Virtual Health and Wellness Program

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center is presenting a virtual  6-week series, LiveWell: Health and Wellness Program, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10 am – 11:30 am and running each Wednesday morning through Oct. 28, 2020.  Making healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of cancer. The LiveWell Program is a holistic approach to creating a personal wellness plan focusing on: emotional and spiritual wellness; physical activity; healthy diet; personal environment; and rejuvenation. These five elements are based on the American Cancer Institute’s Five To Thrive program.  Accessible steps offer the opportunity for people living with cancer to achieve better treatment outcomes, and to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.  This series is also open to those without a cancer diagnosis who wish to reduce their cancer risk and lead a healthy lifestyle.  Each session will include an explanation of the topic for the week and a guest speaker to talk about specific strategies and resources.  Time for questions and discussion will follow. The six weeks of topics are:
Week 1 – Sept. 23 – Introduction to LiveWell, Five to Thrive & Thriving After Cancer.
Week 2 – Sept. 30 – Enhance Your Spirit
Week 3 – Oct. 7 – Let’s Move
Week 4 – Oct. 14 – Enrich Your Diet
Week 5 – Oct. 21 – Create a Healthy Living Environment
Week 6 – Oct. 28 – Create Rejuvenation

Leading this program is Carla Tanguay, a nationally board-certified music therapist with over 17 years of experience helping people make changes and meet their goals through music. Carla has worked in both large and small healthcare organizations and currently runs her own private practice in Hancock County. She is passionate about helping people live better, healthier, and more active lives. The meetings will be held online via Zoom which is accessible by smartphone, tablet, computer or telephone.  To participate contact the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 664-0339.

Songwriting Workshop For Cancer Survivors

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and Modulations Therapies are co-hosting a 3-week songwriting workshop in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop is designed to give “non-musicians” with Cancer the opportunity to explore and express how COVID-19 has affected their lives. We are looking for participants who are interested in a collaborative, creative process that will highlight the unique experience of facing a life-threatening illness during this pandemic. We aim to give those who may not otherwise consider themselves “musical” an opportunity to share their voice and strengthen connections with others.  This workshop is sponsored by the Jack Pine Project at the University of Maine, whose purpose is to help people express and record their feelings and stories about Covid-19 through art. Participation is not confidential, but rather a way to publicly share your story and our collective experience. A final composition will be created by the group and shared with the public. The workshop will occur over Zoom, and is scheduled for Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 am, starting August 5th. If you are interested in learning more and potentially participating, please contact the Beth C. Wright Center at or 664-0339.

GEAR Support Groups 2x/ Week

G.E.A.R. Parent Network is offering offering support groups twice a week in an effort to accommodate more people’s schedules. They will be held on Monday evenings from 7 pm-8 pm and Wednesday afternoons from 1 pm-2 pm, and you may sign up to attend one or both if you like.  See flyer for details.

Eating Your Way
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free, self-paced, three-part online nutrition series for Washington County parents and adults with children living at home. “Eating Your Way” includes information on nutrition, simple cooking demonstrations, and child-friendly nutrition resources. On completion of the series, participants will receive a gift bag including a cookbook and relevant cooking utensils available for pick-up at the UMaine Extension Washington County office. Register for the free series here. Details in this flyer. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact or 207-255-3345.

3 upcoming Virtual Recovery Coach Trainings

Healthy Acadia is holding 3 virtual recovery coach trainings in academic year 2020-2021:

For more information, contact Terri Woodruff.

10 Steps to a Healthier You

Are you or someone you know interested in improving you and your family’s health, saving money at the store and basic nutrition tips?  University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators now have the resources to conduct EFNEP nutrition education classes at a distance with the option of classes taught one-on-one or in small groups.  Choose either telephone or online series.  Learn more here.

Cobscook Institute Maker Series

Cobscook Institute has launched a Makers Series free and now open to all ages. Upcoming workshops include Tie-Dye/Bleach-Dye, Bleach “Printing”, and “Patching Clothing for Function & Fashion” Register NOW, so we can get you materials in time for the workshop. Click here for details and registration.

New food preservation webinar series from UMaine Extension

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is launching a food preservation webinar series Tuesday, May 26, at 2 pm, continuing through October 27. “Preserving the Maine Harvest” begins with freezing fiddleheads and making refrigerator spring pickles. The 45-minute sessions will include discussion and demonstration of research-based preserving methods by UMaine Extension food preservation staff. Topics for June include freezing rhubarb and greens, preserving strawberries and herbs, and drinks from the garden. Participants will have the opportunity to be paired with a trained Extension Master Food Preserver volunteer for advice throughout the growing season. A $5 donation is suggested for each webinar; payment is not required to participate. Registration is available on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty, 207.781.6099;

FrontLine WarmLine

Maine DHHS is launching a volunteer support service to Help Maine’s Health Care Workers and First Responders Manage Emotional Toll of COVID-19 — FrontLine WarmLineRead the full press release here.

Daily Virtual Recovery Support

The Downeast Recovery Support Center is offering daily virtual recovery support meetings Monday through Friday from 10-11 am and 4-5 pm.  Open discussion, all recovery meeting are for individuals impacted by substance use disorder or affected others.  Visit their facebook page for more information.  To join a group by Zoom:…

Meeting ID: 373 022 686
Password: 091927

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Caregiver Monday:
An Initiative Dedicated To Helping Caregivers Take Care of Themselves

The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit public health initiative, has announced Sherri Snelling, caregiving expert and corporate gerontologist, is taking a leading role with Caregiver Monday, a program dedicated to supporting the self-care of 65 million family caregivers by offering weekly health and wellness practices, research and collaborative activities through partner organizations. Family caregivers are under added stress now, with older people being more vulnerable to COVID-19.  The Caregiver Monday program will be offered through Caregiving Club, a leading organization founded by Snelling that calls attention to the issues facing caregivers by offering practical health, wellness and resource-based information. Every month, the program will offer a themed article with evidence-based research information on specific topics related to caregiver self-care, as well as provide weekly practices and health promotions related to that monthly theme. Organizations supporting the campaign can access these materials on the updated Caregiver Monday site.

CAN Council Groups

For play groups and classes, go to the Washington County CAN Prevention Council’s facebook page for up-to-the-minute info.

Caregivers Facebook Group

The CCC is launching a private facebook group for caregivers in Washington County – professional caregivers like RNs and CNAs, and informal caregivers like family members providing care for a spouse, parent, specials needs child, sibling or the neighbor across the street.  Our goal is for this group to provide a platform for caregivers to talk to each other, ask questions, offer solutions based on experience with similar challenges, and point to helpful resources.  Use this link to join.

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Standing Meetings & Calendars

Monthly and quarterly meetings, agency/initiative calendars at a glance and other meeting schedules 

Farmers’ Markets Calendar

 Healthy Acadia has published a list of Washington County Farmers’ Markets and other Local Markets that you can download here.

Maine Roads to Quality

Our Community of Practice meetings continue in Washington County!  For now, we have combined our Calais and Machias groups, and are meeting every other week via Zoom.  Please contact MRTQ District Coordinator Theresa Fisk for more information: or 207-956-2070

Work Group & Poverty Busters

This is a meeting of direct service providers to share resources and network with other providers in your area.  This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 — 3 pm.  Due to  the current public health COVID-19 shutdown, we are meeting via Zoom.  Read notes from the September meeting here. Next meeting is October 7th.  Last week we published the wrong link to this Zoom.  Many apologies if you have already registered.  Please register using this link.  Download the agenda for this meeting. Send your questions about this meeting to Christine.

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Needs & Offers 

Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting
or housing needs.

PTLA Tuesday Eviction Info Sessions

Join Pine Tree Legal Assistance online every Tuesday at 9 am to get your questions answered about eviction.  Learn about the process and how it differs right now during the COVID lockdown.  See flyer for more information.

Healthy Acadia’s Turkey-A-Thon

Classic Hits 92.7/WALZ 95.3/The Border 102.9 FM, in partnership with Healthy Acadia and sponsored by Dunkin of Machias and Calais and V.L. Tammaro of Calais, will host Healthy Acadia’s Sixteenth Annual Turkey-A-Thon on Friday, October 9, 2020. Download and share this year’s flyer, lovingly handcrafted by our Americorps VISTA Kaley Barr. Volunteer at one of the seven sites located throughout Washington County. Bring friends and neighbors, a class or a group!  To sign up to volunteer for any site, use this link.

Name this Program!

A group of Washington County organizations is working to create a program that will connect individuals, volunteers, and organizations in Washington County through a collaborative and lasting exchange of resources and supports. The program will establish a hub for community members to request information about existing formal and informal resources as well as a place where volunteers connect offers of their skills and time. The goal of the program is to help people in Washington County experience lasting connections, reach goals, and improve overall well-being.  We are looking for suggestions for naming this program based on the mission and goals named above. The winning suggestion is worth a $50 visa gift card!  Click here to enter your suggestion.

Therapy for the Uninsured

The Community Health & Counseling Services Ellsworth Office is pleased to announce an exciting new therapy opportunity for uninsured people within our community this Fall.  People can access this special offer both in-office or remote telehealth via Zoom.  The CHCS Ellsworth office will be hosting Kiana Woodworth, a Husson graduate student beginning in September. Kiana is a 2nd year Husson University Graduate School student pursuing her LCPC- Licensed Clinical and Professional Counseling degree who will be able to see adults and children for outpatient 1:1, short-term counseling between the months of September 2020-December 2020. She will be based in our Ellsworth office and can see both in-office clients or remote telehealth clients via Zoom.  She could also offer Telehealth therapy via Zoom to any client in the CHCS Region! Clients in the Washington County Region could go to the Machias CHCS office if they do not have in-home Zoom capabilities. This is a great opportunity for folks who do not have any current health insurance to gain some brief, short-term counseling support. As part of her University program requirement, some of the sessions will need to be video-recorded so that she can receive educational supervision for skill development purposes.  Interested people can call our Ellsworth office at 610-8016.

SUD Patient Navigator Sought for RMCL

The Regional Medical Center at Lubec seeks to hire a patient navigator to facilitate access to treatment for substance use disorder in Washington County. The patient navigator will work with clients both directly and indirectly, strive to enhance linkage-to-care infrastructure, conduct initial brief assessments, connect patients with substance use disorder treatment and support services, offer outreach rapid testing for HIV and Hepatitis C, serve as a support person for clients, and maintain ongoing contact with clients through the referral process.  Competitive wage and excellent benefit package.  For more information call 207-733-1090 ext 5203 or email Apply to:  HealthWays/Regional Medical Center at Lubec, Att: Terry Rier, Human Resources, 43 South Lubec Road, Lubec, Maine 04652.

Peer Navigator Job Opportunities

Workforce Solutions, operated by Goodwill of Northern New England, has 10 immediate full-time Peer Navigator job opportunities for individuals who are unemployed, furloughed or have been out of work for at least 27 weeks. Positions are full-time for 12-months, with starting wages are $16/hour and full benefits.  See flyer for details.

Help with Unemployment Claims

Some Mainers have no computer or phone minutes. Others do not speak English as their first language. That’s why Maine Equal Justice is asking YOU to help these Mainers connect to their unclaimed unemployment benefits. Many Mainers are eligible for unemployment benefits but, for different reasons, they haven’t been able to contact the Department of Labor to start a claim. Perhaps you’ve been in this situation. Working with the Maine Department of Labor, Maine Equal Justice has created a first-of-its-kind tool to get claims started and make sure Mainers get a call back with appropriate support. Here’s how the tool works:

Answer three simple questions and provide your contact information.

A representative from the Maine Department of Labor will call you to help set up your claim.

The form is quick and easy to complete and has been translated into Arabic, French, Khmer, Lingala, Portuguese, Somali, and Spanish. You can request an interpreter in any language.

You can help by reaching out to your friends, neighbors, and family members! 

Please share the tool with anyone you know who worked in the last 18 months and couldn’t work or earned less money due to Covid-19, and has not yet applied for unemployment benefits.

Offer to help fill the form out if needed. Call your friends who may not use social media or email. Think about local religious, volunteer, or social groups you can share this email with. And you can share our post on social media to reach other helpers.

Director of Human Resources for Downeast Community Partners

Downeast Community Partners is seeking candidates for the role of Director of Human Resources for the downeast office.  This role is responsible for planning, managing and evaluating the human resource programs that support agency goals and objectives.  The HR Director will oversee all human resource programs while maintaining a personnel system that is compliant with all related laws and is fair and transparent to employees. The HR Director is a member of the senior management team reporting directly to the Executive Director. Read full job description here. Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Downeast Community Partners, Attn: Human Resource, P.O. Box 648, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or go to our website to download an application

Downeast Director Sought for Maine Seacoast Mission

The Mission has created a new position based in Cherryfield at the Downeast Campus and we hope that you will help us spread the word.  The Downeast Director will lead the initiative to integrate the Mission’s efforts in a multi-generational, place-based, and strength-based partnership supporting children, their families, and community, working with Isaac Marnik and Wendy Harrington to integrate the Mission’s Downeast programs that address education, food security, housing rehabilitation, and community building.  We are looking for someone with at least ten years leadership experience in program work. We believe this is an exciting opportunity for someone committed to working with people’s strengths in Washington County, and we offer excellent salary and benefits. More information about the position can be found on our website.

If you know of anyone who might be intrigued by this new position, please feel free to forward this email or ask them to contact our Director of Administration, Ann Cox Halkett. Or you could send their name to Ann and she’ll contact them.

   Family Coach Position Available

Downeast Community Partners is hiring a full-time position of Family Coach.  Responsibilities:  Working with individuals and families who are economically vulnerable to provide assistance and support in managing the challenges they are experiencing.  The position will offer support in an effort to empower families to achieve the growth and change they seek.  It will include assisting participants working on many different areas of life depending on the needs.  The position is based in Hancock/Washington County and includes extensive travel throughout the county.  See full job description for details, eligibility requirements, amazing list of benefits, and how to apply.

Donations Needed for Shelter Guests
NextStep DV Project is gratefully accepting donations of new & unused household items for their shelter guests.  See list of items needed.  Please contact Marcie or Jasmine to arrange for drop-off of items or for more information.

MaineHousing Extends Rent Relief Program

MaineHousing announced an extension of the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.  The rental assistance program, established in April, allows households that meet certain income and ability to pay requirements to receive a one-time, up to $500 payment in rental assistance to be paid directly to their landlord.  With the extension, the Program now covers rent for the months of April, May, or June.  Each household that meets certain income and ability to pay requirements may receive a one-time, up to $500 payment in rental assistance paid directly to their landlord.  When a landlord accepts payment, they agree not to evict the tenant for nonpayment for the month the payment was issued.  MaineHousing will continue to administer the program on a statewide level with local implementation provided by Maine’s community action agencies.

Those who received rent relief through this program in April or May are not eligible for program funds in June.  Those who applied in April and May but have yet to hear back from their local community action agency should contact that agency to check on the status of their application.  A list of agencies and their service areas can be found here (PDF). People who live in subsidized housing are not eligible for this program, because they have other programs available to them and should contact their property manager.

Applicants can find application materials and answers to commonly asked questions here.  Materials are also available in six additional languages.

Community Learning for ME

Island Readers & Writers has been collaborating with a group of organizations for several months, originally coming together as schools shut down to respond to the needs of teachers and families. Our initial idea was to create a curated and vetted selection of Maine based, quality resources in one place to help address the overwhelming inundation of resources that people were facing. As we have moved along we recognized the need for ongoing support and that we had an opportunity to uplift multiple Maine organizations through one collaborative site. As an organization, you can also provide resources by submitting a form.

Project ReachOut

Maine Seacoast Mission’s Project ReachOut was highlighted in WABI-TV’s April 24 report. Our initiative is based on the idea that we are all better off when we connect. Through Project ReachOut, Mission staff and volunteers make phone-calls to families in the EdGE program, seniors, residents of the unbridged islands, and other households in the Mission service area.

In this moment of profound isolation, the calls offer anything from the hello of a familiar voice, to an antidote for loneliness, to the first step in getting food. As WABI-TV put it, “The Maine Seacoast Mission has found a way to still be a positive voice for members of the Downeast community.”

As of May 1, Project ReachOut’s 39 callers have touched base with over 400 families and individuals. The Mission is still training and adding volunteer callers so we can reach another 1,000 families that we work with through our various services. You can help. Please fill out and submit your volunteer application online here. Or email or call 207-546-5860 to request a volunteer application.

Social Call Service

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new challenges. It has also offered an opportunity for our community to come together in support of one another. Healthy Acadia’s Maine RecoveryCorps and MDI Hospital are partnering to respond to the isolation many community members are facing through a new Social Call service.

Social Calls are to be made by trained recovery coaches. Their recovery coach training and background has steeped them in a culture of empathy, support, compassion, and resilience. The callers are able to provide information on resources and offer reflective listening, encouragement, and honesty.

There are several avenues available to request a social call. One may discuss it with their provider who can send a referral on their behalf. The Healthy Acadia website has both on online form and one to print and return. Additionally Beth Alteri is available to 207 – 460 -2312 to take requests over the phone as needed. She can also be reached at or receive faxes at 207-331-5423.

Social calls offer an opportunity for connection and can serve to buffer the negative effects of physical distancing. These calls are not intended to replace an individual’s need to connect with their mental health professional, but rather be an additional service for them to tap into. If you or someone you know could benefit from a Social Call please reach out to us. We are here to help.

Sunrise Scholarship Fund

Has your job been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic? For the immediate future, Washington County residents who answer yes to that question are eligible to apply for up to $500 to assist with training that will increase your opportunities for employment regardless of prior income levels!  Click here for an application.  Visit  Call Jen at 255-0983 with any questions.

DCT Offers Virtual Services to Support Opioid Recovery

As a result of new virtual services, same-day access to anyone with opioid use disorder (OUD) who wishes to begin medication assisted treatment (MAT) is now available to anyone across Washington and Hancock counties. In response to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, the Downeast Treatment Center (DTC) in Ellsworth has begun offering immediate, virtual, rapid access to MAT for all in the Downeast region…. Patients can expect a virtual intake over phone or Zoom, prescriptions called to pharmacies near them; ongoing, remote access to a medical provider, and access to virtual group or individual sessions with a behavioral health provider. Anyone who does not have insurance or who cannot afford their insurance deductibles or copays can apply for financial support from Healthy Acadia’s Treatment Fund.  Read the full press release from Healthy Acadia.

If you are Aware of a Senior in Need….

Healthy Acadia would like to share an Eastern Area Agency on Aging link to refer people for all services including the Meals on Wheels program. Please share this information widely!

UWEM Help with Volunteer Needs

United Way of Eastern Maine has established a COVID-19 Volunteer Site and invites organizations to share their volunteer needs with UWEM to help get them posted.  Review this PDF for the details they will to post your opportunity.  Simply send an email what that information to with the subject line “Volunteer Opportunity for Posting.”

 EMDC Workforce Development Services
Connect with EMDC staff for employment and training assistance to eligible individuals in EMDC’s five county service area. For assistance in Washington County call Amanda Smith at 951-2349 or email, or call Samantha Giasson at 951-0832 or email if you’ve worked in agriculture/farm work in the last two years.  Additional information can be found here.

Free Financial Coaching

Thanks to support from Downeast Community Partners, Joseph Connors has been able to continue offering free coaching on any financial matter to individuals and families in Washington County, following the termination of this program at the end of March by the Consumer Protection Bureau.  To make an appointment with Joe, call him at 207-598-5657 or email

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Favorite Resources  

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2019 National Survey of Drug Use and Health

Last week the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey is the nation’s primary resource for data on mental health and substance use among Americans.  Read the report here.

New Guidelines for Unemployment Benefits

Wondering what the new executive order means for your unemployment?  You don’t need to do anything if you’ve already filed. Maine Equal Justice has new guides to help you understand  the temporary additional $300 benefit and work search requirements on our COVID-19 website. If you have questions about work search, the new $300 benefit, or other unemployment issues, you are certainly not alone. You can contact MEJ legal services through their website for help. You can also join the Maine Unemployment Insurance Assistance facebook group for help from legal and labor groups and your fellow Mainers.

AMHC 24-hour Recovery Resource & Support Referral Line

AMHC is launching a 6-month pilot program providing a 24-hour recovery resource and support referral line: 1-833-NVR-GVUP or 207-454-1999.  Read more about this here.

Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.  Our TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.  Download flyer for more information.

Neighbor4Neighbor Fund

The “neighbor4neighbor” Fund (n4n) a program of Healthy Acadia, provides one-time mini-grants of up to $500 to seniors in Washington and Hancock counties who are facing any one of many life crises that can arise unexpectedly and for which they may not have adequate funds. n4n funds may be used for eyeglasses, dentures, medical equipment, emergency household repairs, or other one-time challenges which may undermine a senior’s ability to live independently and have a high quality of life. Learn more about n4n here.  To apply for a n4n Fund mini-grant, click here.

Financial Planning for Memory Loss Caregivers

 “Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is demanding. You’ll need to help your loved one with daily tasks as well as with financial decisions. Despite the challenges, being a caregiver can also be rewarding. It provides the opportunity to oversee important decisions and to ensure quality support for your loved one.  This guide helps caregivers prepare for the expenses associated with caring for someone with memory loss and offers caregiver resources that can help make the journey easier.”

From: | June 29, 2020 — See more.

VA Maine Caregiver Support Program

The VA has a new caregiver support program that provides a range of supports to caregivers of veterans, including education & training, peer support mentoring, home and community based care, and more.  They will be holding their first ever summit which will be on a virtual platform.  Details about that coming soon as this is still under development.  See their fact sheet and flyer.

Helpful Wifi Resources

Lois-Ann Kuntz has 2 free WiFi resources to share:

  • An updated map of ‘Study-From-Car’ sites where WiFi guest access is available for outside of buildings is now available.  For each site, please check the website information provided for availability and connection information.
  • The Maine State Library has this on their website a list of libraries that have their WiFi on 24/7 with available parking within range. I don’t see how to sort this by county.
Maine Families of Washington County publishes a comprehensive list of free Wi-Fi access in their online community resource guide.

Washington County Recovery Resources

The CCC in collaboration with Healthy Acadia has created a comprehensive, up-to-date list of recovery resources with contact info for Washington County.  As we know, services have shifted in light of COVID-19.  We want to ensure providers and community members are aware of the current available resources to support individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Here is a link to a “live” document that will be updated regularly.  Please keep checking back for the most up-to-date information.  We will be adding a Hancock County resource list soon!  If you are aware of other recovery resources in Washington County or believe an edit needs to be made to this document, please contact Abby Frutchey at or Penny Guisinger at

Bolstering General Assistance

Under the Governor’s March 31 Executive Order, all applications for General Assistance will be processed as emergency applications for eligibility purposes, and certain other requirements are waived. The order also allows eligible individuals to reapply after 60 days rather than 30 days for ongoing assistance.  General Assistance is funded through communities, with DHHS reimbursing 70 percent of municipalities’ costs. Under the Executive Order, DHHS will use existing funding to increase reimbursement to Maine Tribes to up to 100 percent. General Assistance can be used for basic necessities including food, housing, electricity and medical expenses. Assistance is not provided directly to eligible individuals, but rather it is issued in the form of vouchers used to pay vendors who provide goods and services to eligible individuals.

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CCC’s Response to the COVID-19 Situation

In light of CDC recommendations about social distancing, all ECCO services have moved to phone or tele-health connections. Any new referrals will be contacted via phone and follow similar protocols.

CCC staff will continue to work from home, and meetings will be held using Zoom technology until further notice.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using either the form or email/phone contacts listed on the Contact Us page of our website.  We also encourage people to share needs and offers in this newsletter, and remind service providers that we have a needs & offers platform for you on facebook: Poverty Buster Resource Connection.

We encourage people to consult the Maine CDC website which provides helpful guidance in the FAQ section.  We are developing our own resources that we will share with you asap and are gearing up to respond to any requests for help with online trainings and convenings as you and your staff lean more on virtual tools to conduct business, provide services and address community needs.  To request an online training, please use our Training & Technical Assistance Request form.

About the Wednesday Communique

This is the Community Caring Collaborative’s weekly newsletter where we share announcements about trainings, meetings and other events, including announcements from our collaborative partners.  Look for links to meeting minutes and agendas in the Meetings section, training registration forms and flyers in the One-Time Events section, and job postings and announcements about services and programs in the Needs & Offers section.  Subscribe here to get the Communiqué.  Make sure to add Community Caring Collaborative to your contacts at  Gmail users, check for the Communiqué under the Promotions tab.Want to change how you receive these emails?  You can  update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

This mailing goes out every Wednesday, so if you have announcements, please send them to Christine by 5 pm Monday to be included.   Thanks!

The mission of the CCC is to nurture and sustain collaboration that expands resources and results in greater hope, health and wellbeing for Washington County people.

Contact: Christine Laurel, Communication & Training Coordinator
Community Caring Collaborative

PO Box 224, East Machias, ME 04630
Phone: 207-249-3318
Fax: 207-835-4500


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