Accepting Nominations for MCOC Tri-Chair Position

The Maine Continuum of Care is accepting nominations to fill a recently vacated Tri-Chair position. The MCOC will do their best to maintain equal representation of the three regions (Southern, Central, and Northern) for the tri-chair positions. Currently we are accepting nominations to fill the remainder of the term for the Region 1 Chair.

Standard terms are for 3 years, and Chairs may be re-elected. Nominees must be MCOC members in good standing, meaning they are eligible to vote at MCOC meetings. If you are not sure the person you wish to nominate is eligible, please contact Vickey Rand or Awa Conteh to confirm their status. Also, please confirm with the person you wish to nominate that they are willing and able to commit to the time and energy required of this role (Full MCOC meetings, Board meetings, NOFA Committee, etc.).

Please email the nominee’s name, agency, and contact information to Vickey or Awa no later than April 16th. Nominees will be announced at the MCOC meeting on April 18. Voting will take place either at that meeting, or electronically between the April and May meetings.

Technical Difficulties

We had a problem with the call in option for today’s MCOC meeting. If you attempted to call in but were unable to connect please let me know via email to stibbitts@ and you will be marked as having attended. Very sorry for the inconvenience and frustration.

Today’s MCOC

Neither the Bangor nor the Lewiston Libraries will have Tandberg availability for today’s Maine Continuum of Care meeting. If you were planning to attend at one of these locations, please use the Call-in option, and remember to send me an email to let me know you were on the line.

Sorry for the late notice

– Scott

Reminder: MCOC Meeting 3-21-19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Please see the Agenda for details regarding locations and call in options. Other information and materials to be discussed at the meeting are linked below. Please bring your own paper or electronic copies to the meeting.

Addiction Services 101: What Is Your Agency’s Overdose Plan?

Free Webinar
Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 – 2:30 Eastern Time

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This free webinar will raise awareness about risk factors that contribute to overdose death, and explore the program policies and practices that can address them. It will highlight administrative tools and engagement techniques that can help supportive housing programs prevent and respond to drug overdose. The webinar will describe harm reduction strategies, like carrying naloxone (Narcan) to reverse an opioid overdose. 

1. Identify risk factors for drug overdose that are common among people engaged in supportive housing programs 
2. Explain the role of naloxone in reversing opioid overdoses and describe options for integration of naloxone access into supportive housing programs 
3. Explore topics that case managers can discuss with supportive housing participants to help them develop a plan to prevent or respond to a drug overdose 

Target audience: 
• Program administrators 
• Supportive housing case managers and supervisors 
• Community health workers 
• Outreach workers 
• Healthcare providers

Safety Planning with Women Experiencing Homelessness

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council will be presenting a webinar on March 27, 2019 exploring the importance of safety planning and how violence affects the lives of women without homes. Learn how you can improve services for women experiencing homelessness through trauma-informed, quality care.

Women and families are the fastest-growing segments of the American homeless population. Whether on the streets, doubled-up, or temporarily sheltered, women without homes face complex challenges such as increased risk of sexual assault, lack of access to preventive and prenatal care, and all-too-prevalent trauma.

This webinar is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into the tools and resources needed to provide effective and trauma-informed assistance to women and families in the homeless population. Title: Safety Planning with Women Experiencing Homelessness
Date: March 27, 2019
Time: 12:45 PM EDT
Register Today

Reminder: SHC 3-12-19

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 from 9:30 to 2:00 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. Please see the agenda for details, including a call in number for those not able to attend in person. Also, as noted on the Agenda, please bring your own lunch.

Additional materials to be discussed at the meeting are available via the links, below. A Summary from the January SHC Retreat are provided here as there were no regular minutes from January. Minutes from February will be posted after they are reviewed and approved.