CCC Wednesday Communique — September 7, 2022

School is back in session for many students, teachers, ed techs and administrative staff.  The CCC wishes everyone a magical school year. (Photo courtesy of Hogwarts school of Wizardry)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Machias Walk for Recovery
The Washington County Community Action Team invites you to the 6th Annual Walk for Recovery on September 16th starting at 6 pm on the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Lawn.  This event celebrates those in recovery, families in recovery, and recovery allies, as we continue to battle the substance use epidemic that so greatly impacts our communities.  Download a flyer to share.

Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults

Millions of older adults struggle with food insecurity, increasing their risk of poor health and contributing to increased health care utilization and costs. FRAC, in collaboration with AARP Foundation and with support from the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, is delighted to release a revamped, free online course  to help frontline health workers and other stakeholders identify and address food insecurity, and support their work to improve the health of millions of older adults. Learn more here.

MSAD #37 Adult & Community Ed Course Offerings

Eric Brooks, Director of MSAD #37 Adult & Community Education, invites you to read and share their fall course offerings with anyone who may benefit from working with this program.  You can also learn more or register at Eric invites questions and can be reached at 207-483-6681 or

Addressing Burnout in Behavioral Health Workforce
SAMHSA has a new resource out, Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce through Organizational Strategies. Burnout is a complex issue resulting from chronic workplace stress that encompasses exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. This guide will highlight organization-level interventions to prevent and reduce burnout among behavioral health workers.  Learn more here.

Safe Harbor has Open Beds

Safe Harbor Recovery Home for Women with children (or without children) has available beds. We are independent living with access to local supports, treatment, peer support and resources. Download a flyer for details. Please pass this along to anyone you may know that would be interested!  For more information please feel free to call Katie Sell, Safe Harbor Recovery Residence Manager, at 263-5096.

WC Asset Map & Needs Assessment

The University of Maine has embarked on a series of investigations into pathways to care for adolescents and young adults with serious mental illness in Washington County. Lois-Ann Kuntz, Professor of Psychology at UMM  and Jeff Hecker, Professor of Psychology at UMaine, led the first study with the help of research assistant Carol Lane. Since early detection and treatment during the one-year to 18-month period before a youth or young adult has their first episode of psychosis leads to much more positive outcomes, the goal of this investigation was to develop a deeper understanding of the mental health care ecosystem in Washington County focusing on adolescent and young adults showing signs of incipient serious mental illness.  Read their finalized report.

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