How LePage and Mayhew are Perpetuating the Opiate Epidemic

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Following Governor LePage’s directives, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew is seeking to eliminate mental health programs statewide – some outright, others through crippling  funding reductions. This is happening at the same time our leaders claim to be developing solutions to Maine’s opiate epidemic. Seeking solutions to our opiate epidemic while decimating mental health services is like […]

How Long Will You Wait?

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…for your heart’s longing? I have a lot of thoughts I share only with those closest to me. I’m pretty sure everyone has them, but the only folks I meet who express them are misfits like me. I was entering a local restaurant last night and held the door for a woman who was 90 […]

How to Truly Live

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“Look, I did it…and that means you can too!” There’s a bittersweet feeling that comes at the end of a great story.  Reading, “Meet Marie Ludwick:  Squeezing Through Knotholes”, left me wishing that I had known her personally. It is truly remarkable how generously and poignantly she combined her life’s story with the history of […]

“Those People” are My People

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I’m doing my best to get rid of the chips that remain on my shoulder. I’m trying to be a loving and effective advocate and not confront political leaders I know to be lying with anger. I find myself mindful of something Jesus (that beautiful hippie who suggested we love on another) said, “”The king […]

What Section 17 is and Why It’s Needed

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Section 17 is primarily case management – it’s practiced by highly trained and educated professionals who are very adept at navigating systems like medical practices, Social Security, public housing, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It is not coincidental that DHHS seeks to eliminate services to the very clients who need assistance […]

Fresh Starts and Empty Cups

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My favorite thing about living in Maine is the attitude we collectively share in having survived yet another winter. This year’s was the mildest of my lifetime and yet I still find myself worse for ware. This serves as a reminder to me that despite my lack of acceptance with regard to the weather; Mother […]

The Social Work Millions Mary Mayhew Thinks We’re Making

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DHHS Director Mary Mayhew and her hired consultants have come to two conclusions that potentially have devastating effects on thousands of Mainers: Community Integration Services (in layperson terms, case management) we’ve provided for decades to Mainers who live with mental illness are no longer warranted except for those who live with psychosis. Service Providers (agencies: […]

Misfits are the very Best People

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I got to make some new friends tonight. I was invited to Bangor’s local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I am a person in recovery from mental illness. I struggled with depression for much of my life. I’m much better now – partly because I received a lot of good therapy […]

When You Have to Hold It Together

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Most of us are pretty good at hiding how we truly feel. It may not occur to us that it’s both a blessing and a curse because: It’s nice that we can maintain our privacy from folks who we don’t want to let in or let on to. Unfortunately, we’re good at it because we’ve […]