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ME Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2016

Center: CMHS

Grantee: AMISTAD, INC.
Program: Statewide Consumer Network Program
City: PORTLAND
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062137-02
Congressional District: 1
FY 2016 Funding: $95,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

Amistad, Inc. will continue to recruit and develop an active Statewide Consumer Network in Maine, made up especially of people working in Peer Services. The project will advocate not only for the continued expansion and integration of Peer Services into current health reform efforts, but will also advocate for standardization of Peer Services across service delivery settings, and widespread recognition of the value, effectiveness, and professional nature of Peer Services. The grant project will coordinate and partner with state government to implement this project, as well as with numerous provider and advocacy groups. Collaborators include the state Office of MaineCare Services, the Certification as an Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) training program of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Mercy Hospital, and Maine Quality Counts, among others. As part of this project, Amistad, Inc. will create a Quality Assurance Council (QAC) to increase consumer participation, voice, and oversight of the grant project. Proposed activities of the project include training, education, networking opportunities, and information for peer service workers and for traditional providers who now must hire Peers; negotiate to insert governing language into state contracts that is consistent with best practices in Peer Services, and advocate for consumer concerns during a Health Care Reform process which thus far has been largely provider-driven.


Grantee: INDIAN TOWNSHIP TRIBAL GOVERNMENT
Program: Project Launch
City: PRINCETON
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061555-03
Congressional District: 2
FY 2016 Funding: $800,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The Passamaquoddy Tribe, the eastern most tribe in the United States is committed to improving services and infrastructure of all tribal entities serving high risk, substance exposed young children ages 0 through 8 and their families in rural Washington County, Maine. Through the Passamaquoddy Tribe Project LAUNCH Initiative, tribal child serving agencies will partner to build a sustainable system of care that is strength-based, family driven, culturally competent and based on an integrated public health model.


Grantee: MID COAST HOSPITAL
Program: NITT-AWARE-C
City: BRUNSWICK
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062846-02
Congressional District: 1
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

Access Health will support the training of 1,000 teachers and other youth-serving adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) throughout Sagadahoc County and the communities of Brunswick and Harpswell in midcoast Maine. According to the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (2013), the percentage of high school youth in the catchment area who reported that they felt sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more is higher than the percentage for the state of Maine as a whole. Also higher than the state average is the percentage of youth in the catchment area who had seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months. These adolescents in crisis are not getting the help they need - of the 29.6% of youth who reported feeling sad and hopeless, only 22.5% report getting help from an adult. To help ensure that adolescent youth in the catchment area are ready to learn and able to transition successful from high school to the next stage of their lives, Project Aware will: increase the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents in Brunswick, Harpswell and Sagadahoc County as measured by a ten percentage point increase in the number of youth who report receiving help from an adult when feeling sad or hopeless; increase the capacity of 1,000 adults - particularly teachers and middle and high school; increase awareness of and promote positive behavioral health; link adolescents with behavioral health issues to mental, emotional and behavioral health assistance and services as measured by an increase in the number of youth ages 12 - 18 from the catchment area assessed by our behavioral health partners from 250 to 400 and the number who received a psychiatric diagnostic interview from 190 to 300; and increase the number of relevant youth serving community agencies and programs with trained first aiders from 0 to 50.


Grantee: NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL OF MAINE (NAMI)
Program: NITT-AWARE-C
City: AUGUSTA
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062760-02
Congressional District: 1
FY 2016 Funding: $123,062
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

"Building Capacity and Collaboration through Public Education in Rural Maine Counties" is a proposal by NAMI Maine, focused on delivering Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Trainings to three high-need, resource-poor counties: Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington. As a result of this project, each contract year, 200 individuals in each of the three counties will be certified, for a total of 1,800 total individuals trained. These are the three lowest-ranked counties in the state of Maine for both health factors and outcomes, with the collective population accounting for 7% of Maine's total population. In each county an advisory board of six to ten members will be formed to govern the work of the project. The Outcome Measures tracked for this project are: impact the percentage of high school students who report being bullied in the past year as a population-based outcome; the youth suicide rate in each county as a behavioral health outcome; the number of adults who report providing assistance to youth to discuss mental health concerns as an environmental outcome.


Grantee: SPURWINK SERVICES, INC.
Program: NCTSI III
City: PORTLAND
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 1 U79 SM063292-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2016 Funding: $400,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The Spurwink Refugee Mental Health Project which will utilize Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R) is a multi-tiered mental health promotion model used to improve access to trauma-informed mental health services for refugee children and adolescents in Maine. The project is a partnership with the Refugee Trauma and Resiliency Center at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), United Somali Women of Maine, schools, providers, and grassroots organizations. The project will serve an average of 415 individuals per year-a total of 2,070 over five years- in Biddeford, Lewiston/Auburn, and Greater Portland, Maine.

TST-R takes a social ecological approach to working with these children and youth, building systems of care that respond to their multi-dimensional needs. The initiative includes broad-based prevention and community resilience building, community-based skill-building groups for youth, and intensive home-based family therapy for those with significant mental health needs. All services are delivered by mental health clinicians and cultural brokers who assist the team and community in creating cross-cultural understanding and change.

The Spurwink Refugee Mental Health Project will increase access to effective trauma-focused services for participants by improving community awareness of the trauma-related needs of refugee youth and increasing acceptance of mental health services among refugee families. Participants in skill-based groups will develop improved sense of belonging, emotional regulation and school behavior. Participants in home based TST-R will experience improved mental health and reduced stressors in their social environment and will avoid juvenile justice involvement.


Center: CSAP

Grantee: AROOSTOOK COUNTY ACTION PROGRAM, INC.
Program: DFC
City: PRESQUE ISLE
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP020986-02
Congressional District: 2
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The Coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: provide information through social marketing and social norm campaigns aimed at changing youth and adult perceptions related to underage drinking, marijuana, prescription drug misuse, bath salt, and methamphetamine abuse; reduce youth access to alcohol through retail alcohol outlets by providing resources to retail outlets to support them in their efforts to enforce underage drinking laws; reduce access to prescription drugs for illegitimate purposes by sponsoring health care provider training and promoting the use of Maine's Diversion Alert Program by health care providers; advocate for changes to relevant policies that impact alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse; provide information, support and resources to local schools and communities to address youth bullying; and provide information, support and resources to local schools and communities to foster stronger relationships between parents and children.


Grantee: CARY MEDICAL CENTER
Program: Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program
City: CARIBOU
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP020105-09
Congressional District: 2
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2013/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing these strategies: Providing information through social marketing and social norm campaigns aimed at changing youth and adult perceptions related to underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse; reducing youth access to alcohol through retail alcohol outlets by funding of compliance checks and by provision of resources to retail outlets to support them in their efforts to enforce underage drinking laws; reducing access to prescription drugs for illegitimate purposes by sponsoring health care provider training, promoting Maine's Prescription Monitoring Program, promoting local prescription take-back events, and educating the community about alternatives to the use of prescriptions to address medical problems; and advocating for changes to relevant policies that impact alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse;
(5) Providing information, support and resources to local schools and communities to addressing youth bullying; and
(6) Providing information, support and resources to local schools and communities to foster stronger relationships between parents and children.


Grantee: CITY OF BANGOR
Program: Drug Free Communities Support Program
City: BANGOR
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP018689-05
Congressional District: 2
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2012/09/30 - 2017/09/29

The Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies:
1. Increasing Coalition membership for broader representation from community sectors
2. Building capacity by utilizing community partners and resources available
3. Increasing community awareness of Coalition
4. Increasing the Coalition's knowledge of the Strategic Prevention Framework
5. Engaging municipalities and community organizations in discussions around youth substance use.
6. Educating retailers about the liquor laws, policy development, and false identification detection
7. Educating parents about the risks of supplying alcohol to minors
8. Increasing level of peer education and advocacy efforts within school districts
9. Increasing parental awareness about the importance of modeling desired behavior
10. Improving enforcement of laws and school policy specific to substance use
11. Establishing a diversion program for students using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
12. Establishing a cessation program for students using tobacco
13. Increasing tobacco prevention for youth prior to middle school
14. Establishing plan for sustainability of drug disposal program
15. Increasing the public's understanding of proper use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs
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Grantee: CITY OF SOUTH PORTLAND
Program: DFC
City: SOUTH PORTLAND
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SP021419-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies:
increasing the skills of people of all ages to prevention youth substance use; broadening participation in coalition activities to better reflect and represent the community's unique cultural makeup; developing a parent-focused media campaign regarding cultural norms about youth drug and alcohol use while addressing distinct cultural difference; and providing support to the school and community to shift consequences associated with substance use towards a more restorative approach.


Grantee: COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND
Program: DFC
City: PORTLAND
State: ME
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP016497-07
Congressional District: 1
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2010/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The Coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: strengthen coalition visibility and credibility as a leader and resource in youth substance use prevention and reduction; increase healthcare response to youth substance use; increase parental monitoring, messaging and understanding of the risks and harms of underage drinking, addressing prescription drug misuse, and marijuana use; increase law enforcement's response; strengthen community norms and messaging; and increase educators understanding of risks/harms of youth alcohol and drug use.


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