Suicide Safer Care Portal and Suicide Prevention

Sweetser’s partnership with the Maine CDC to create the Suicide Safer Care Portal was included in a story on NewsCenter Maine (Portland and Bangor) featuring Sweetser Senior Director and Zero Suicide Chair Leslie Mulhearn.

 

$2.9M Award Paves Way for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced on February 5, 2021 that it has awarded Sweetser a $2.9 million grant to develop a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCHBC) in midcoast Maine. The award will expand services Sweetser delivers in Sagadahoc, northern coastal Cumberland County, and parts of Lincoln and Androscoggin counties.

Sweetser is one of the first two providers in the state of Maine to be recognized as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.

SAMHSA released grants to 134 clinics in the nation, enabling them to implement comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment by becoming a CCBHC. The grants are funded from the $4.5 billion allocated to SAMHSA as part of the COVID-19 relief package passed in December. With the addition of this grant funding, there are now 340 CCBHCs across the country – nearly a 50% increase from just days ago.

National Council for Behavioral Health President and CEO Chuck Ingoglia said: “This funding will dramatically improve the health and welfare of people in hundreds of communities across the country. CCBHCs provide vital services by increasing access to evidence-based substance use and mental health treatment services, including 24/7 crisis care. Now, thanks to the commitment made by these clinics, people in 40 states, plus D.C. and Guam, will be able to access a CCBHC. We also thank SAMHSA for their support and recognition of the value CCBHCs provide, particularly for vulnerable individuals. This is an incredible step forward for health care in America, and we look to continuing our work to highlight the opportunities provided by the CCBHC model in every community across the country.”

 

 

Help Sweetser create promising futures

Sweetser is in the running for a 2021 Community Matters More grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation and we need your help to win! We are one of 44 local nonprofit organizations selected throughout Maine and New Hampshire to compete for valuable grant money to help support our mission.

All residents of Maine and New Hampshire are eligible to vote online during the month of February. The organization with the most votes in each of the geographical regions specified will be eligible to win the top prize—a $5,000 grant—or one of the runner-up grants in amounts from $4,000, $3,000 and $1,000.

Help us win by casting your vote today! Select Maine and then York County to vote for Sweetser.

Thank you!

Auction Funds Important Services and COVID-19 Support

Sweetser Medical Director Marc Kaplan, DO, talked with Celeste Baranyi from WBLM/Townsquare Media about the Sweetser/KeyBank Sold on Kids Online Auction underway through October 19, 2020. Support from the auction funds services for people of all ages with mental and behavioral health, intellectual and developmental services, recovery, and education.

 

Find out how to contribute to our COVID-19 Support fund or participate in the auction.

Raising Awareness and Funds for Eating Disorders Treatment

If Jenna Booth could have a conversation with her 12-year-old self she would have this to say: “Be unique. Embrace your differences. It is so important to love yourself. Self-love can make a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing. Your appearance doesn’t define who you truly are – it is what is on the inside that counts.”

Now at 16, she is starting her senior year at Cheverus High School and is passionate about bringing awareness to the importance of treatment for eating disorders, something that impacted her younger self.

Jenna created Truly Me as a way to share her story and connect with young women and men. She wants them to appreciate their uniqueness just as she learned to do and use that to battle fears and overcome hurdles. That is the driving force behind the name and the mission.

“There is only one you. Look at yourself in the mirror and to truly believe that you are uniquely enough, emotionally and physically, said Jenna. Her message has caught on with others her age who buy Truly Me bracelets and sweatshirts. But she has received a positive response from people of all ages.

It was vital that I surrounded myself with positivity. Having a strong independent support system built with family, friends, and an outpatient program helped make up the strong foundation I needed; to rebuild my self-esteem along with my physical and mental health. My hope is to create a safe, supportive, and structured environment for those who struggle with self-love.

Jenna will bring her message to a broader stage as she competes for Miss Maine Teen USA competition scheduled for November 2020.

If you’d like to support Jenna’s efforts and raise funds for Sweetser’s New England Eating Disorders (NEED) Program, visit her website at: https://trulyme1.my-free.website/

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Sweetser wants you to know that support is available. Call the Maine Crisis Line at 1-888-568-1112. Or if you would like to talk with a peer support specialist who has experience in recovery, call the Intentional Warm Line at 1-866-771-9276. Both phone lines can be accessed any time, day or night.

Client Update Regarding COVID-19 Safety Measures

Sweetser is following guidelines provided by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  In accordance with that guidance, we have established family visits for clients within our Residential programs. Please contact the program directly, or call 1-800-434-3000 to find out details on how to participate in these visits.

We continue to offer contact with clients of all ages via telephone or video. Again, contact the program directly or call 1-800-434-3000 to learn how to participate. Thank you for your patience and understanding of these important measure to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff.

In the meantime, Sweetser services continue to be offered. Our clinicians and other staff members have embraced Telehealth technology as an option and continue to provide services to our clients of all ages, including within the following programs: School-based Services, Behavioral Health Home for Children and Adults, Primary Care Integration, Children’s Residential and Education, Crisis Support Unit, Mobile Crisis Intervention, New England Eating Disorders (NEED) program, Intentional Warm Line, Adult Residential, and Developmental Services. Call 1–800-434-3000 to connect with Sweetser services. Other resources are available by calling the Maine Crisis Line at 1-888-568-1112, or the Intentional Warm Line at 1-866-771-9276.

Please confirm appointments with your provider before arrival at a Sweetser location so we can evaluate how to provide support.

Let us know if you or a family member has any of the following symptoms that are either new, worse or cannot be explained by a pre-existing medical conditions:

  • Fever or chills (100.4 F or greater)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Sweetser will continually reassess the situation and update as necessary. Contact your provider directly for more information. Thank you!

Donor Update

You may have read that the donor databases of many nonprofit organizations were part of a breach of Blackbaud. Though Sweetser uses this software developed for organizations involved in social good, we want you to know that Sweetser’s information was not part of that data breach.