• November 11, 2016 3:53 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    Please Join Us for Third Webinar in the Jumpstarting the Conversation

    on Children's Health Series

    How Can We Engage More Effectively with Adolescents in Primary Care? Implementing "Reaching Teens" in the Primary Care Setting 

    with Dr. Ken Ginsburg

    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Noon to 1:00 PM

    Kenneth R Ginsburg, MD, MSEd

    Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD, MSEd is a Professor of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His adolescent medicine practice often addresses adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine – medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors impact upon both physical and emotional health. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience.  He is one of the authors of the AAP’s Reaching Teens™ curriculum.

    • Category 1 CME Credit Available
  • October 30, 2016 12:05 AM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    Time Magazine Cover Story on Depression and Anxiety Features Project AWARE Youth

    A dozen teens involved with Project AWARE shared their stories about anxiety and depression with Time Magazine. The article, appearing as the November 7th cover story, features 3 of the youth including Faith-Ann Bishop, writer / co-writer of 4 Project AWARE films. Her movies, based in part on personal experiences with depression, anxiety, and self harm, include The Road Back and a better place.

    In 2015, about 3 million teens ages 12 to 17 had had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 2 million report experiencing depression that impairs their daily function. About 30% of girls and 20% of boys–totaling 6.3 million teens–have had an anxiety disorder, according to data from the National Institute of Mental Health.

    The Time article states “One of the most powerful things Faith-Ann did to escape the cycle of anxiety, depression and self-harm was to channel her feelings into something creative. As part of the Project AWARE teen program in Maine, she wrote and directed a short film about anxiety and depression in teens called The Road Back. More than 30 kids worked on the project, and they became a support system for one another as she continued to heal.” Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine co-produced the 32-minute movie.

    For her part, Faith-Ann (pictured on Time’s cover) wanted to make a difference not only for her peers, but also for parents. She offers “Please talk to your kids and family members about depression, anxiety and self harm. Raise awareness. The best thing you can do is educate yourself and help others feel less alone.”

    Susanna Schrobsdorff, author of the story and an editor at Time, contacted Project AWARE after seeing, a better place. online. She was hoping to talk with teens willing to share their story. Project AWARE teens met with Susanna at Engine in Biddeford Maine and shared their wisdom and truth about how these issues impacted them. All of these young people wanted to make a difference and provided important background for the story.

    Programs like Project AWARE can change lives by offering teenagers a supportive, non-judgmental community that fosters creativity and collaboration. Projects have involved hundreds of teenagers who have created over 20 PSAs and 12 short movies about issues they have faced including bullying, self-harm, suicide, anxiety, depression, opiates, underage drinking and more.

    Subscribe online to Time and read the article here or pick a copy up soon at your nearest newsstand. You can also see some PA youth-created movies here, and contact Project AWARE by visiting

  • September 29, 2016 2:56 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    This year, Maine Quality Counts are delighted to offer a new QC for Kids Webinar Series:

    Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children’s Health: What we have learned over the past five years, where do we go next for children’s health care quality, and how do we move it forward.

    WHEN: Webinars will be the 2nd Thursday of the Month, 12 noon-1 PM. Check the MRBN calendar for the topics each month!

    WHERE: hosted on ZOOM

    The zoom link is: or 14086380968,,,5211733487#

    CME is available.

    The first webinar will be Thurs. October 13, 2016: 12N-1 PM with Steve DiGiovanni, MD, Maine Medical Center Pediatric Clinic, and Amy Belisle, MD, Maine Quality Counts, discussing “New Resources for Primary Care Providers on Developmental Screening and What Have We Learned about Screening over the Last Five Years? Understanding the New Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (SWYC) tool, Billing Codes, and Community Resources.”

    Many practices in Maine are using the ASQ and PEDS for screening.  The SWYC is a new tool out of Tufts that is recognized as a screening tool and we want partners in the Developmental Systems Initiative (DSI) to be aware of the tool and how it is scored in case you get referrals from primary care providers who are using it.  Dr. DiGiovanni will talk about the work happening to implement the SWYC in Maine Medical Partner Practices. We hope that you will join as we continue to work on raising developmental screening rates and understand the challenges. Maine's developmental screening rates at ages 1, 2, and 3, based on MaineCare data from 2011-2015, have increased  from 1-3% to over 21-28%.  As we see big improvements, we also need to continue to work to get all kids screened and started in early intervention services is and as needed.

    Please join us for the conversation. Register here

  • August 17, 2016 12:06 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    For years, Teri Barila had tried to coax newspaper reporters in Walla Walla, Washington, to write about brain science, ACEs, and resilience. They didn't bite.

    Then, on a crisp December evening, 1600 people--many of them inspired by years of community organizing--crammed the town's largest venue for a screening of Paper Tigers, James Redford's documentary about the dramatic reboot of a local alternative school after its principal became an advocate of trauma-informed care. Suddenly, reporters and editors "were not only interested, but almost ecstatic over the story of the film," Barila says. "There was such a perse audience--not just education or law enforcement, but the entire community. That was a strong message."

    Read more on the MARC (Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities) website

  • July 28, 2016 4:51 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    Only Human-A Journey From Convict to Mentor

    by Alton Lane with Meghan Vigeant

    Alton Lane met Peggy Smith when he was an inmate at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center (MCRRC) in Belfast. He became so engrossed in the study and practice of Courageous Communication that he transformed his life, and is now her assistant teacher at the Reentry Center. This book tells his story.

    Buy the book HERE

    "I was a criminal for a long time, and it just doesn’t suit me anymore. I spun in and out of jail and prison since the age of 12. I was angry with the world, with the man who abused me as a child, with myself. I was violent. I had drug and alcohol problems. I rejected my two kids and thought, ‘good riddance.’ I just didn’t care about others. I welcomed the idea of overdosing; it seemed like a good way to end it all.

    "I am so different now. I almost want to change my name. Today I identify myself as a loving person. I have joy and happiness with myself. I’m proud of myself for succeeding. I have hopes that others succeed. I mean, I’m still Alton. I still have the capacity to go the other way, but my hope is that I don’t. Today I would call myself a compassionate loving person, kind of a wimpy human being, like a sissified tweety bird. Okay, I don’t really mean that. The work I’ve done, opening up my wounds, learning to communicate in a healthy positive way, reconnecting with my family, finding forgiveness – all this took courage. So, I guess I’m a courageous tweety bird now."  – Alton Lane

  • July 28, 2016 1:15 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    Creating and Sustaining Sanctuary in Agencies and Communities

    FREE training days for Community Members all over Maine

    Building a Trauma Informed Community!

    Dr. Sandra Bloom co-founder of The Sanctuary Model®- AUGUST 9th 2016 8:30-4:30

    Dr. Joe Benamati from Andrus-The Sanctuary Institute- SEPTEMBER 20th, 2016  8:30-4:30

    Spectacular Events Center-Bangor Maine -- for more information call JESS at 1-800-823-2988Or go to

    Day One:  August 9th:  8:30-4:30   Spectacular Events Center, Bangor, Maine.  Sanctuary and Trauma Informed Care - Spend a day with Dr. Sandra Bloom creator of The Sanctuary Model®.  Dr. Bloom will discuss the ways in which becoming trauma informed can affect the functioning of organizations in a positive way. See her attached Bio.

    Day Two:  Sept. 20th:  8:30-4:30   Spectacular Events Center, Bangor, Maine.  Trauma-Responsive Tools - Spend the day with Dr. Joe Benamati from Andrus Center for Learning and Innovation, learning to apply some of the tools discussed in Day 1 with Dr. Bloom.  Dr. Benamati will discuss and model the use of tools in the Sanctuary toolkit. These tools help individuals and agencies have a common language and framework for adhering to Sanctuary values in an organization. See his attached Bio.

    *These training days are free for registrants; however a donation to the CPPC District 6, 7, and 8 “Pay It Forward Fund” is suggested and welcomed!  Checks can be included with the registration form. Donations via Credit Card and PO are accepted by calling 1-800-823-2988 ask for JESS (Care of Wings for Children and Families)

    Audience:  Community members, community providers of social services, social workers, educators, faith based organizations, nurses, doctors, community residents, collaborative members, behavioral health home organizations, substance abuse providers, Department of Corrections staff, Department of Human Services Staff.  Everyone is welcome. Everyone can benefit!  Space will be limited.  These presentations are a collaborative effort and sponsored by Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC-Bangor a DHHS funded program); Penquis Regional Linking Project-Families and Children Together; The Penquis Regional Linking Partnership; CPPC-Bangor Partnership; and Wings for Children and Families. 

  • June 13, 2016 6:09 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    Help for Emotional Distress following Mass Violence

    People dealing with emotional distress from the Orlando shooting or any other disaster are encouraged to use the Disaster Distress Helpline.

    From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

    "Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

    This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Spanish-speakers should text Hablanos to 66746. English speakers in U.S. territories text TalkWithUs to 1-212-461-4635. Calls and texts are answered by trained, caring counselors from crisis call centers located throughout the United States."

    Incidents of Mass Violence (SAMHSA):

  • June 01, 2016 5:48 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    What's a Circle of Caring?

    The Circle of Caring is a social media campaign to show our community united, surrounding people struggling with opioid use disorder in the greater Bangor region. You can show your support! Here's how:

    • Make your circle.
    • Take a picture.
    • Share on social media with #caringcircle
    • Donate and share your support through givealanche to create an avalanche of support.
    • Learn more about opiates, opioid use disorder, and reducing the stigma.

    The First Circle

    The members of the Community Health Leadership Board made the first circle of caring on May 23, 2016. Community Health Leadership Board members include: Acadia Hospital, City of Bangor, Community Health & Counseling Services, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Penobscot Community Health Care, Penquis, and St. Joseph Healthcare.

  • May 11, 2016 4:06 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts -- A science-based approach to building a more promising future for young children and families

    Now available on the HCDC website.

    The report ends with this call to action:

    The central question before us is not whether strategic risk-taking and fresh thinking are important prerequisites to breakthrough impacts for children and families facing adversity. The more compelling questions are:
      • How can we make that happen?
      • What will it take to reduce the barriers?
      • How can we increase the incentives?
      • How can we come together across multiple sectors and work collaboratively with families and communities to learn from both failure and success?

    The possibility for substantial progress in our ability to dramatically improve the life prospects of all young children is real. The time to aim higher is now.

  • April 21, 2016 5:26 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    "It changed the conversation" when addicts saw the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and their current addiction. "Having someone listen to your story is very therapeutic."

    -Ann Dorney

    This article by Nancy Gallagher was published in the Waterville Sentinel, April 2016

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