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Downeast Recovery Support Centers Will Serve as Host Sites for Governor Mills Opioid Response Summit

Community Welcome to Participate and Enjoy Free Breakfast and Lunch

Downeast Recovery Support Centers (DRSC) are pleased to host Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, July 15. The full-day program features live presentations and prerecorded panel discussions. Voices of persons in recovery will be featured prominently again this year.

“Our centers are pleased to serve as host sites for this live, virtual event,” said Amy Day, DRSC Manager. “The annual summit is part of the state’s commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic and we look forward to hearing ideas, strategies, and best practices that support our communities in Washington County.”

Thanks to $6,500 in grant funds through the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF), the centers will provide a light breakfast and lunch as well as refreshments throughout the day.  “In addition, MaineCF has provided funding that allows us to promote the event as well as pay the $35 registration fee for individuals who are unable to attend in-person at the center,” said Day. “Anyone from Washington County can contact us and we will pay the fee for them to attend virtually from their home or wherever they are located. We are very grateful to MaineCF for their generosity.”

The summit’s theme, “Perseverance, Prevention, and Promise” reflects the resolve and commitment by the State Of Maine to work together to address this crisis. Speakers include Governor Janet Mills, Attorney General Aaron Frey, and Director of Maine CDC, Nirav Sha, MD, J.D. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion with leaders in opioid response from the Biden-Harris Administration.

Downeast Recovery Support Centers in Calais and Machias are programs of Aroostook Mental Health Services (AMHC). The centers provide individuals a place to come and receive support for their substance use recovery journey, connect people to resources, and also serve as a venue for a variety of recovery meetings. For more information or to register for the summit please contact DownEast Recovery Support Center in Calais at 207- 952-9279 or Machias at 207-259-6238.

About Maine Community Foundation

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport, and Mars  Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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