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  • 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

  • April 07, 2016 3:38 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    This five minute video was produced by KPJR Films, and edited by Jen Bradwell. It explains the ACE Study in an easy to understand way. Great to share!

    Thanks to Jane Stevens and the ACEs Connection

  • February 18, 2016 5:58 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    Thanks to Project Aware for assistance in writing and producing this PSA. Sending the message of resilience, one click at a time.

  • February 18, 2016 5:20 PM | Lauren Mier (Administrator)

    People can learn to be resilient! Learn more in this New Yorker article from February 11, 2016.

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