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.