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MCOC Meeting 6/20/19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at several locations and via “Go To Meeting” for those who are unable to attend at one of the group sites. Please note that we are no longer using Tandberg or the Public Library meeting rooms – see the Agenda for complete details.

If you are the note taker for one of our committees, and your notes are not listed below, please post your latest meeting minutes on this site, or send them to me (*protected email*) and I will add them. Thank you!

“Turning the Tide: Maine’s Path Forward in Addressing the Opioid Crisis”


Governor Mills’ response to the opioid epidemic, the 2019 Opioid Summit, will be held July 15th, 2019 at the Augusta Civic
Center.  The conference theme, Turning the Tide:  Maine’s
Path Forward in Addressing the Opioid Crisis will bring
people together to discuss the many challenges those with
substance use disorder and in recovery face alongside the
opportunities that exist moving forward.
Keynoting the Summit will be Sam Quinones journalist and
author of the landmark book, Dreamland, and former White
House Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli.  In addition, a panel will address what Maine and neighboring
states are doing to respond to the opioid issues as we create unity within our great state.   
Numerous breakout sessions, each opening by someone in
recovery, will be moderated by experts in their fields addressing
issues ranging from recovery support strategies to community
coalitions and law enforcement’s impact and ability to bring hope to recovery.  Specifically, one breakout will be voices of recovery, where individuals will share their stories of challenges and
transformation.  Another will be a debate around responsible
prescribing and if the pendulum has swung too far. 

Objectives:
– To identify mis-information and the associated stigma with OUD/SUD, the role it plays within society and how to become an ally
giving hope to recovery and thereby saving lives and reducing
crime across the State.
– To disseminate information on the innovative evidence-based
initiatives and provide an opportunity to respond to the
Governor’s opioid strategies as presented in Executive Order 2,
issued on Feb. 2, 2019.
– To educate and promote acceptance and integration of care and support amongst those with active opioid/substance use disorder (OUD/SUD), patients, families, clinicians, the medical system,
judicial systems, government, policy makers, social service
administrations, and the public.
 
Monday, July 15, 2019
8:15 AM- 4:30 PM
Check-in begins at 7:30 AM
Agenda
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, 04330
$40 Registration Fee

Driving Directions

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, workshop attendance and
continuing education credit included.

Various Continuing Education Credits OfferedFor more
information on credits

Law Enforcement may receive contact hours for attending.
Sign in is required.

AdCare has submitted an application for CME’s

Prevention Credits will be offered

Please Note: if you arrive late or leave early, you MUST sign out
to receive a certificate and AdCare will need to adjust your
certificate to reflect time. Certificates will be available at the end of the day, please pick them up at the registration table as a
way to confirm your attendance.

For More Information and to Register

No SHC Meeting In June

Reminding everyone that there will NOT be a Statewide Homeless Council Meeting on June 11, 2019.

SHC will meet again, as scheduled, on July 9th, 2019. Information about the location and other details will be posted here – stay tuned!

REMINDER: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA and 2013 Re-authorization) Training this Wednesday, June 5 and Friday, June 14

Training will cover:

  • An overview of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the individual resource centers serving Maine and the services offered.
  • Violence Against Women Act overview: What is VAWA?  Who is protected?  What programs are impacted?
  • Review of housing protections for survivors and the responsibilities for housing providers.

Wednesday, June 5th
9:30 to 10:30 AM
Location: Shalom House, Inc.
106 Gilman Street, Portland
&
Friday, June 14th
9:00 to 10:00 AM
Location: MaineHousing
353 Water Street, Augusta

2019 Community Development Listening Forums

MaineHousing and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) invite participation in the Community Development Listening Forums intended to foster open conversation. The purpose of the meetings is twofold:

  • We are preparing the 5 year consolidated plan required by HUD in order to continue receiving federal funding, 
  • More importantly, we are asking for input into a more extensive State of Housing assessment.

MaineHousing and DECD will share some data and demographics of interest to Maine Communities and service providers. The balance of the forums will be for attendees to ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue. Our intention is to listen and bring back your ideas for increasing our effectiveness in your communities and for informing the development of the 5 year consolidated plan.

Please take the time to meet with us to share your feelings about how we are currently doing, what we are not doing and how we can be a better partner.

Tuesday June 18
1:00pm-3:30pm
Mark & Emily Turner Library
39 2nd Avenue
Presque Isle, ME

Tuesday June 25
1:00pm-3:30pm
Minsky Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME

Thursday June 27
1:00pm-3:30pm
City Council Chambers
270 Pleasant Street
Rockland, ME

Tuesday July 16
1:00pm-3:30pm
City Council Chambers
919 Main Street
Sanford, ME

Thursday July 18
1:00pm-3:30pm
Franklin Memorial Hospital, Bass Room
111 Franklin Health Commons
Farmington, ME

For more information contact:

Michael D. Baran

Special Projects Coordinator

MaineHousing

(207) 624-5774 (Phone)

gro.g1560826761nisuo1560826761henia1560826761m@nar1560826761abm1560826761

                 Or

Deborah Johnson, Director

Office of Community Development

(207) 624-9817

vog.e1560826761niam@1560826761nosnh1560826761oJ.ha1560826761robeD1560826761

No SHC Meeting for June

Letting everyone know that there will NOT be a Statewide Homeless Council Meeting on June 11, 2019.

SHC will meet again, as scheduled, on July 9th, 2019. Information about the location and other details will be posted here – stay tuned!

Public Input Sessions for the Maine 2020 Consolidated Plan at June RHC Meetings

MaineHousing will be holding a series of meetings with interested organizations and individuals throughout the summer.  The purpose of the meetings is twofold.  1. We are preparing the 5-year consolidated plan required by HUD in order to continue receiving federal funding,  2. More importantly, given this is MaineHousing’s 50th anniversary, we are asking for input into a more comprehensive State of Housing assessment.  Therefore, our consultation process with interested organizations is more extensive than we have had in the past.

To hear from a wide range of interests, we will be scheduling opportunities for discussion in 6 areas: 

  • homelessness,
  • affordability,
  • community development,
  • low income/special needs consumers,
  • protected class members/fair housing, and
  • housing quality. 

Interested individuals/organizations will be invited to one or more of the discussions; and in some cases, we will have more than one meeting.

At the initial discussions MaineHousing will share needs and market analysis data and listen to input relative to the discussion area.  There will be a later opportunity for interested parties to share input on HUD-funded programs and allocations.

Locations/Times of 2020 Consolidated Plan Public Input Sessions on Homelessness:

Lauren Bustard will be facilitating the following sessions for people interested in the area of homelessness:

Region One Homeless Council – Wednesday June 26th from 1-2:00 at 196 Lancaster St. in Portland

Region Two Homeless Council – Friday June 14th from 10-11:00 at MaineHousing in Augusta

Region Three Homeless Council – Wednesday June 12th from 12-1:00 in Bangor (location TBD)

Lauren will also be sending out an email to ‘interested parties’ about the sessions within the next couple of weeks.

She’ll be attending the July meetings of the MCOC and SHC to share our initial thoughts on how we will utilize ESG and FedHOME monies to receive feedback from the groups.