Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 16, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Sarah Curley, Brian Dallaire, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Martin Grohman, Keith Jacques, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
Guest: Randy Morrison of Maine Behavioral Healthcare
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Moreshead led the 4-Way Test
  • Chamber of Commerce golf tournament takes place 9/17/20
  • Blood drive sign ups are going so well, the Red Cross added additional donation slots (55 total, 15 are open)
  • 1 Power Red left to fill - if all are filled, this will be the first time it's been done
  • Matt Tuller's induction will take place at next week's meeting
  • COVID-19 subcommittee meeting this week, after club meeting
  • A 1-hour massage with Michelle Blais will be auctioned off at next week's meeting
  • This year's Christmas party is cancelled; Secret Santa will take its place for anyone who is interested in participating 
  • Bill Paterson - $1 - Completed his guitar (a Fender Strat knockoff)
  • Keith Jacques - $1 - Joe's rendition of the 4-Way Test made him realize how low the bar is set
  • Mark Nahorney - $2 - Producing a highlights show which will be on YouTube Oct. 9, 10, 11 / Also producing a documentary on the 125th anniversary of the theater
  • Don - $1 - Happy about golf tournament tomorrow
  • Jim LaBelle - $1 - Also happy about golf tournament
  • Marty - $1 - Salon Circus re-opened (they have been closed since March)
  • Conrad - $1 - 3 days until his birthday so he's not old yet
  • Roland - $1 - Zoom's private chat feature is appreciated, also the 100th anniversary subcommittee is meeting again
  • Joe M. - $1 - Going to Katahdin on Friday
  • Joe M. - $5 - For messing up the group hike meeting time
  • Don - $1 - Bell at start time was extremely loud
  • Don - $1 - Initiated the 4-Way Test out of order
  • Sarah C. - $1 - Welcome back fine
  • Conrad - $1 - For Courier article and making fun of Joe
  • Brenda - $1 - For getting article in Courier
  • Jim LaBelle - $2 - Self-promotion 
  • Sue G. - $1 - For not knowing name of king post truss in background
  • Roland - $1 - Just because
Randy Morrison is the Director of Peer Services at Maine Behavioral Healthcare since late 2015. Over this time, peer services have expanded greatly to now comprise over 50 positions. In York County, he oversees two Peer Support Centers, substance use peer recovery services within the Emergency Department at Southern Maine Health Care and their outpatient treatment service, multiple peer support specialists within MBH's case management and other services.
  • Randy has been the Director of Peer Services since 2015
  • The program assists people who are in recovery for substance abuse or in need of mental health support
  • They are located in the mill building with the large mural (York St., Biddeford)
  • The center is open to anyone who needs it, regardless of insurance status
  • Everyone who works there is also in recovery
  • COVID protocols are in place - Zoom meetings are offered, meetups outside or going for a walk also permitted
  • They are launching a youth focused program this fall that will include drop-in spaces (more details to come)
  • There has been a spike in overdose deaths since COVID began
  • It is important to create opportunities for people in the community to connect with others who understand mental health struggles
  • Low income and homeless people may experience difficulty accessing online programs
  • The center saw approximately 20-30 people per day in 2019
  • There is a pool table, and lunch and support groups are typically available 
  • Funded through State of Maine grants
  • COVID presents challenges in connecting people with mental health services (care can be delayed, which is especially difficult for people in crisis)
  • We can help people by getting the word out on the existing sources of assistance
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM.