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Moving: THRIVE, Youth MOVE & Diversion to Assets

September 4th, 2012

THRIVE has new role in Juvenile Services grant,
Youth MOVE has new grant for Youth Courts

LEWISTON – As of October 1, THRIVE and Youth MOVE Maine (“Youth MOVE”) have new homes and new federal Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to support. Diversion to Assets, Androscoggin County’s alternative juvenile corrections program, has also moved from previously shared office space at 124 Canal Street.

THRIVE is the newly announced training and technical assistance partner for the Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Services’ new four-year, $4 million SAMHSA grant, Expanding Trauma-Informed System of Care Practices in Maine. THRIVE’s new operations center for trauma-informed training and technical assistance is located at 26 Bridgton Road, Westbrook.

“Lewiston was well-suited for our first six years serving mental health agencies and community-based programs in the Tri-County area,” said Arabella Perez, THRIVE Executive Director. “We became an independent organization last October and expanded our services state and nationwide adding juvenile corrections as a child-serving systems partner. We are thoroughly pleased that the work with Maine’s juvenile services will continue through this new grant. The move complements our new business model.”

Youth MOVE, the statewide chapter of Youth Move National, received its own three-year $600,000 grant to establish Youth Courts in the greater Brunswick and Portland areas.

“We’ve expanded from one to four regions since 2009,” said Ryun Anderson, Youth MOVE Maine Director, “offering young people skills building workshops and opportunities to join committees and workgroups that guide the improvement of mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice service delivery. The Youth Court grant allows us to collaborate with partners and further develop programs they established for prevention, treatment and recovery support for 11-18 year olds with first-time, non-violent offenses who are also at risk for substance abuse and mental health challenges. These youth and young adults will also receive skills-building opportunities within a restorative justice framework.”

Youth MOVE’s temporary central office is at The Community School at Opportunity Farm in New Gloucester. The Diversion to Assets program and Youth MOVE’s Lewiston group have moved to new meeting and office space in town at Tree Street Youth Center.