Fortunately, Knox County doesn’t have to look far to see an example it can adopt. Neighboring Lincoln County implemented a “Recovery Collaborative” on July 15, 2016 including the county sheriff’s department, all local police departments and the two major healthcare organizations providing services in the county. This collaborative included the Addiction Resource Center (ARC), a program of Midcoast Hospital that treats 800 people annually for drug addiction. ARC works closely with the local emergency department to start drug treatment on a same day basis and has made the news in regard to efforts to work with law enforcement to get people into treatment instead of jail.
The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC) is hosting a presentation by representatives of the LCRC to hear how they became organized, what they have accomplished and what lessons they have learned so far. Through their example, LCRC would like to help our community become better organized and to begin to better address the many unmet needs caused by drug addiction in our community.
MCRC seeks attendance by community leaders including those directly involved in the crisis as well as all other sectors of our community that are indirectly affected (businesses, government, law enforcement, corrections, schools, churches, social service agencies and individuals and organizations of all kinds). MCRC would like feedback about the possibility of creating community panels representing the following areas to reduce the rates of drug addiction and its consequences in mid-coast Maine addressing the following areas: Leadership Panel – including all levels of government and public and private organizations; Prevention Panel; Treatment Panel - Treatment and recovery supports, Enhancing training of health care professionals; Recovery Support Panel; Housing Panel; Employment Panel; and a Judicial and Law Enforcement Panel. Please attend to provide your input.
All organizations and individuals in our community are invited to join in this discussion. Since meeting space is limited, please RSVP by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 701-1182.