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Healthy Acadia Launches Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching

On July 1, 2019, Healthy Acadia, with support from Maine’s Governor Janet Mills and the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), launched the Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC) to support volunteer-driven, community recovery coaching throughout Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington counties. Through Maine-ARC, Healthy Acadia and partners will collaborate with health care and treatment centers, jails, drug courts, pre-release sites, social service and law enforcement agencies, and other community partners across the five counties to implement highly effective, community-based recovery coaching systems to support those seeking recovery from substance use disorders, with an emphasis on opioid use disorders. Maine-ARC partners will work together to develop effective, far reaching, volunteer-based peer recovery coaching programs that promise to build healthier communities and help people succeed on their recovery journeys.


“The launch of Maine-ARC through Healthy Acadia represents a major step in fulfilling the commitment made by Governor Mills at the start of her administration to tackle the opioid epidemic, save lives, and support recovery for all,” said Gordon Smith, the Director of Opioid Response. “We are delighted to partner with Healthy Acadia in this effort, in order to train and coordinate community members to serve as recovery coaches across the region.”


Healthy Acadia, a nonprofit community health organization, will coordinate recovery coaching services in Hancock and Washington counties, and will contract with organizations in Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo counties through an application process to lead recovery coach coordination in their respective counties. Healthy Acadia, with funding support from SAMHS as directed by Governor Mills, will provide a sub-award to each sub-recipient organization to hire a Recovery Coach Site Coordinator, to engage volunteers, and to provide recovery coaching services. Recovery Coach Site Coordinators will receive training, support, and oversight from Healthy Acadia, and will recruit, supervise, and coordinate volunteer recovery coaches, develop county-wide recovery coaching referral and engagement protocols, and perform regular data assessments to ensure program quality and fidelity.


“The State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services is very excited to partner with and support Healthy Acadia in this effort,” stated Mike Parks, LSW, Chief Operating Officer of SAMHS. “This is a critical piece of the Governor’s comprehensive plan to address the Opioid crisis, and we at SAMHS are committed to operationalizing every aspect so that we may indeed turn the tide on this epidemic.”


Community organizations in Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo counties that serve individuals with substance use disorders and that are interested in leading county-wide recovery coach coordination are encouraged to complete the “Maine Alliance for Recovery Coaching (Maine-ARC) Recovery Coach Coordination Application to Provide County Services.” The application may be downloaded from Healthy Acadia’s website: Please submit the completed application, along with all required attachments, to: [email protected] by no later than 5:00pm on July 24, 2019.

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