For the 5th time, Day One has been named among the Best Places to Work in Maine! This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses. Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The actual rankings will be announced in October at the BPTW in Maine awards banquet. Last year, Day One was among the top 10 Best Places to Work in Maine!
We need your help to give 3 Day One clients the opportunity to run in the 2016 TD Beach to Beacon 10k on August 6! Our goal is to raise $500 per runner ($1,500 total). Click here to make your secure donation.
Your donation gives clients the opportunity to run, while raising critical funds to support Day One programs that address substance use disorders and mental health concerns among Maine teens.
Day One was a consultant to the Maine Opiate Collaborative, created in October 2015 by U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II. Three working groups were established as part of the task force, including treatment, prevention and enforcement. The experts in each working group convened to find solutions to Maine’s heroin epidemic, including tapping lawmakers and officials to change laws, as needed. Day One, as Maine’s leading agency preventing and treating youth drug and alcohol use disorders, served as a consultant to the treatment working group.
Day One helped create a number of proposals targeted towards youth, to help find the solutions to the drug crisis facing our state. Here is a snapshot of some of these suggestions:
- Increase the number of Intensive Outpatient Programs for adolescents around the state.
- Open an additional residential treatment center to serve teen girls since the six beds available now for this cohort does not meet the demand.
- Extend the allotted time teens are allowed to stay in long-term residential treatment based on individual needs.
- Open a residential program for young adults ages 18-24.
- Implement a strategic plan in all Maine schools to support prevention, treatment and recovery.
- Increase shelter capacity for homeless teens and make Navigators available at the shelters to help youth access treatment.
In addition to addressing substance use disorders and mental health concerns among Maine youth, Day One is constantly involved in advocacy.
Day One’s Board of Directors has announced that longtime Executive Director David Faulkner plans to retire at the end of June 2016. David has been instrumental in the growth of the agency over the last 32 years.
“We are very appreciative of the great job David has done over the years and we look forward to working with the next Executive Director to continue to provide outstanding services to Maine’s youth,” said Board President Dennis Carrillo. “Day One’s strong reputation and record of success as Maine’s leading agency addressing youth substance use disorders will position it well for the future.”
Under David’s leadership, Day One has worked in close collaboration with state government, non-profits, schools, corrections, hospitals, attorneys and families to advance its mission to dramatically reduce youth substance abuse and address mental health needs. In his 32 years with the agency, David has fostered a culture of respect which contributed to staff longevity and low turnover. He has been a passionate advocate for children and adolescents. [Read more…]
Day One staff and a board member joined hundreds of other attendees at the One Life Project at the Cross Insurance Arena to become part of the solution to the increasing heroin epidemic. Heidi Weymouth, LADC, CCS; Christie Hesseltine-Page, CADC; and Suzan Ackerman, LADC, CCS had an opportunity to discuss with U.S. Sen. Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, local law enforcement and other treatment providers the treatment needs for youth and adults in the State of Maine. One of the most impactful statements that was heard was “When the Ebola crisis hit us a couple of years ago somewhere we found $2 billion or more and dealt with it successfully I think we have to have that same sense of emergency here. This is a crisis, Ebola killed one person in the U.S., this crisis is killing five people an hour 24 hours a day 365 days a year” said Senator Angus King.
Link to BDN story: http://bangordailynews.com/2016/05/04/health/bdns-one-life-project-focuses-on-slowing-drug-overdose-deaths/
Link to WABI news story: http://wabi.tv/2016/05/04/hundreds-attend-one-life-project-to-find-solutions-to-opioid-crisis
Pictured (L-R): Substance Abuse Counselor Heidi Weymouth; Congressman Bruce Poliquin; Substance Abuse Counselor Christie Hasseltine-Page; Program Coordinator for Corrections Services Suzan Ackerman; Day One Board Member Samantha Warren