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SMPA Honors THRIVE Mover and Shaker

Lisa Preney Honored for Behind the Scenes Work for Family Organizations SANFORD – Southern Maine Parent Awareness (SMPA) honored Lisa Preney, Social Marketing Coordinator, THRIVE System of Care, Lewiston, with its Behind the Scenes Mover and Shaker of the Year Award. Preney, who lives in Falmouth, received the award at SMPA’s Annual Awards Luncheon October 4. “Lisa hung in there with seven sometimes cantankerous family organizations to help us define the public face of the Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO),” says Sue Henri-MacKenzie, SMPA Executive Director. “She kept us focused on creating an identity statement and image, which sustained our forward momentum.” Over a year ago, SMPA, Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, Maine Parent Federation, G.E.A.R. Parent Network, Autism Society of Maine, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Maine began forming an alliance to help families of children with disabilities and special health care needs and to strengthen family voice. “This year, it was about choosing words and an […]

Maine 2010 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

“Mother and Child” (c) 2009 Naomi Janine, winner of G.E.A.R. Parent Network Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week poster contest Joan Smyrski, MS, Director, Children’s Behavioral Health Services, Office of Child & Family Services and the Department of Health & Human Services Cordially invite Legislators, Community Members, Mental Health Providers, Parents, Youth and Family Organizations to CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY May 6, 10:30-12:30 pm, Hall of Flags State House, Augusta, Maine Please remember…         Mental health is essential to children and youth’s overall well being. Serious emotional and behavioral issues are real and treatable. Children and youth seeking support and their families deserve access to services that are family driven, youth guided, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate. Endorsed by the Statewide Quality Improvement Council, Maine’s Mental Health Planning Council For information at the national level click poster

5th Annual Inspired Voices Benefit Concert and Art Exhibit

Tickets go on-sale May 5th! SNEAK A PEEK at Inspired Voices art… June 14-24, Community Art Exhibit, Five County Credit Union Public reception, June 16 Inspired Voices June 26, 2010, Franco-American Heritage Center 6 pm: catered reception and art exhibit 7 pm: Showtime! Inspired Voices is a powerful celebration of hope and recovery through music, poetry, dance and art. The gala event also raises vital funds to support Tri-County Mental Health Services. TCMHS Program Director, Catherine Ryder, directs the show for the fifth straight year, and L/A Arts Executive Director Andrew Harris joins fellow Brit and TCMHS Executive Director Chris Copeland on stage as Emcee. Inspired Voices includes the people TCMHS serves and the community in a creative partnership that has a profound effect on everyone involved in it.  The consumer participants realize lifelong dreams.  The performers volunteer hours of time and considerable talent to support the consumers and share in their triumphs.  The audience is part of the healing process. Youth or family consumers of services who would like […]

Youth MOVE Maine Shifts Into Gear

Youth Advocates, NASCAR Pro Series Driver Launch Awareness Campaign at Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day             Click here for Sun Journal story and photo caption AUGUSTA — Maine’s premiere youth aadvocacy group, Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (“Youth MOVE Maine”) launched its 2010 public awareness campaign at the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day celebration, May 6, State House, Hall of Flags, Augusta. Youth MOVE joined a line-up of youth and family speakers that also included James VanOver, a Morse High School senior, who credited his biological mother’s hard choice, adoptive family’s love, group home’s perseverance and teachers’ supports with getting him to graduation day and a focused future.  Twelve-year-old Kala Grant, a Girl Scout with her troop mate at her side, spoke of her efforts to educate and build awareness in Scouts and middle school about being the sibling of “My Very Special Brother” who is autistic. Youth MOVE speakers were: operations lead Ryun Anderson, who explained the history of this youth movement in Maine; Jenn McLaughlin who introduced the public service […]

Thrive is NASW Maine Agency of the Year

National Association of Social Workers Honors Trauma-Informed Initiative LEWISTON – Thrive System of Care received the National Association of Social Workers – Maine Chapter 2010 Agency of the Year award in an awards ceremony during the NASW Maine annual conference, Friday, April 9, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.     Read Sun Journal announcement… “We chose Thrive based on how it improves the lives of people in Maine,” says Bonnie Swartz, LCSW and NASW Maine Chapter President, “and for its excellence in promoting social work values as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics for employees, clients and the community.” “Social workers value the inherent dignity and worth of a person,” says Thrive Director Arabella Perez. “At Thrive we know that treating each other in a caring and respectful manner mindful of our cultural and individual differences leads to growth, health, engagement and empowerment.” Thrive, in the fifth year of its six-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides training, technical […]

Thrive is NASW Maine Agency of the Year

National Association of Social Workers Honors Trauma-Informed Initiative LEWISTON – Thrive System of Care received the National Association of Social Workers – Maine Chapter 2010 Agency of the Year award in an awards ceremony during the NASW Maine annual conference, Friday, April 9, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. “We chose Thrive based on how it improves the lives of people in Maine,” says Bonnie Swartz, LCSW and NASW Maine Chapter President, “and for its excellence in promoting social work values as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics for employees, clients and the community.” “Social workers value the inherent dignity and worth of a person,” says Thrive Director Arabella Perez. “At Thrive we know that treating each other in a caring and respectful manner mindful of our cultural and individual differences leads to growth, health, engagement and empowerment.” Thrive, in the fifth year of its six-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides training, technical assistance and consultation on […]

Time Banks USA Founder Speaks in Lewiston

Dr. Edgar Cahn notes abundant value of exchanging personal time and talents LEWISTON – Dr. Edgar Cahn, the founder of Time Banks USA  explained to a group of 30 Time Bank members and regional refugee and immigrant service workers recently how Time Banking allows people to trust each other, bring out the best in each other, and demonstrate that everyone has the ability to give and create a better world. In a conversation titled “A Partnership for All: Refugee Services and Time Bank” April 15 at Thrive System of Care offices, Dr. Cahn explained how “money values what is scarce, but devalues what is abundant.” “We have an abundant ability to contribute and give to one another,” says Cahn. “The market doesn’t pay people to care for each other, mentor each other, come out to vote, be a citizen, fight for social justice. All of these basic things are not valued in the cash economy, but without them we couldn’t exist as a society and […]

Transforming Health and Wellness

Open to members of the transgender community and their allies, as well as mental health, social service and medical professionals. Time: 9 am-5:30 pm Place: University of Southern Maine (Portland: Payson-Smith Hall) Click here for information on registration, schedule, FAQ, and more

Youth Make Case for Social Services to Their Legislators

LEWISTON- Young people who say they now have hope for the future because of life-saving mental health and social services shared their stories with local legislators January 25 at a “Legislative Dialogue Café” hosted by Tri-County Mental Health Services at the Carriage House. Five members of Youth M.O.V.E. Maine told Rep. Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston) and Rep. Brian Bolduc (D-Auburn) individual stories of how combinations of mental health services, area homeless shelters, subsidized housing, drug court, case management, community-based services, a system of care youth committee, and natural peer supports have helped them and/or their immediate family members manage depression, self-abuse, and the effects of trauma, neglect, and violence. “If services get cut, then I won’t be able to continue working towards my goal to get off disability and go to college to be a nurse or CSI. I want to provide my son the best life. I won’t be able to do these things and stop the abuse in my family if cuts are made.” “It costs taxpayers more to keep a person in […]