MAINE RECOVERY HUB

Portland Recovery Community Center is home to the Maine Recovery Hub, an initiative that supports developing recovery community centers throughout Maine. We are working to develop a statewide network of peer recovery support services, recovery coaches, public education, prevention efforts, and advocacy. Together we are building hope and support for people in and seeking recovery throughout Maine.

The Maine Recovery Hub:

  • Supports eight state-funded recovery community organizations that provide recovery support services in their communities.
  • Offers help and guidance to communities looking to open recovery community centers.
  • Develops peer recovery coaching infrastructure
    • Recovery Coach Academies
    • Continuing education (Ethics, Coaching in the emergency room)
    • Coacher-vision
    • Train-the-trainers
  • Oversees the implementation of a Maine Board Certification for recovery coaches
  • Maintains a state-wide recovery data platform.
  • Maintains up-to-date list of substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery resources.
  • Supports prevention program through Prime for Life classes.

RECOVERY COMMUNITY CENTERS AROUND MAINE

The Maine Recovery Hub is made up of eight state-funded recovery community organizations that provide recovery support in their communities. PRCC provides technical support and networking opportunities to support these recovery community centers.

 

STARTING A NEW CENTER

The Maine Recovery Hub provides support for developing your own local centers in communities throughout the state of Maine. We guide you through understanding the basics of Recovery Community Organizations all the way to how to set up policies.

Support includes:

  • Recovery 101: Training based on the recovery community organization model.
  • Model manuals: We will provide you with model manuals to adapt to your recovery community center that include center operations, volunteer programs, and recovery coach programs.
  • Support Services: Our staff is available to answer day-to-day questions, as well as be a sounding board for ideas.
  • Quarterly Learning Collaborative: Through quarterly calls, we share new information for center awareness, as well as give opportunity for centers throughout the state to share ideas and learn from one another.

RECOVERY COACH TRAINING

Are you interested in becoming a recovery coach? We offer CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) certified Recovery Coach Academy classes throughout the state of Maine. PRCC Recovery Coaches honor multiple pathways, meet and support each individual on their recovery journey.

What is a recovery coach?

  • Motivator and Cheerleader: Coaches empower and believe in the capacity for change, encouraging and celebrating achievements.
  • Ally and Confidant: Coaches genuinely care and listen, honoring confidentiality.
  • Problem Solver: Coaches help resolve personal and environmental obstacles to recovery.
  • Resources Broker: Coaches link individuals to resources and information for such things as harm reduction, detox, family support and education, sober and stable housing, recovery-conductive employment, health, and social services and recovery support.
  • Lifestyle Consultant: Coaches assist in developing recovery based rituals of living.
  • Recovery Planner: Coaches assist individuals in creating a unique plan of recovery and regularly checks in to identify successes and difficulties.

A recovery coach is not:

  • A sponsor, therapist, nurse, doctor, priest, clergy or lawyer.
  • Recovery Community Centers do not offer primary treatment for addiction, do not diagnose, and are not associated with any particular method of recovery.

Recovery Coach Academy trainings are offered over four days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch included. There is a registration fee of $20. Limited scholarships are available for eligible applicants.

Upcoming trainings:

  • Bangor: October12-13 and 19-20, 2019
  • Boothbay: October 28-29 and November 4-5 2019
  • Bridgton: January 17-18 and 24-25, 2020

Continuing Education

Training doesn’t stop with the Recovery Coach Academy. Maine Recovery Hub also provides continuing training and technical support to develop Maine’s network of recovery coaches. Continuing education includes train-the-trainer opportunities for people interested in becoming trainers in recovery coach academies, as well as classes on ethics, supervision, and coaching in hospital emergency rooms.

Upcoming trainings:

Recovery Coach Support

At the Maine Recovery Hub, we offer several ways to support recovery coaches and communities. We offer coaching supervision at PRCC. We also help coordinate local efforts to link recovery coaches to community settings, treatment providers, emergency rooms, and more.

Each peer recovery community center has its own team of volunteer coaches to deploy within the local centers and in the community, as well as coordinators for recovery coaching locally. We provide support by developing sample protocols for local organizations interested in engaging a recovery coach.

For questions on trainings, please contact erin@portlandrecovery.org

 

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Resources are a must-have for success in getting help. From detoxes to sober houses, we keep an up-to-date list of state-wide substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

We also work in partnership with 211Maine to update resources and provide information for people seeking help.

COACHING CERTIFICATION

Portland Recovery Community Center is currently implementing a board certification process for Recovery Coaching in the state of Maine through the Maine Recovery Hub. Certification creates a career path for those who are coaching, standardizes training and practices across the state, and puts us at the same level as other states that have this certification in place.

PRCC is working to set up a Certification Board and is working with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). While this process is still evolving, the minimum requirements laid out for the Peer Recovery Certification by IC&RC are below.

  • Experience: 500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to the domains (see below for the list of the four domains).
  • Education: High school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency AND 46 hours specific to the domains, with 10 hours each in the four domains of Advocacy,
    Mentoring/Education, and Recovery/Wellness Support and 16 hours in the domain of Ethical Responsibility.
  • Supervision: 25 hours of supervision specific to the domains. Supervision must be provided by an organization’s documented and qualified supervisory staff per job description.
  • Examination: Applicants must pass the IC&RC Peer Recovery Examination.
  • Code of Ethics: The applicant must sign a Peer Recovery code of ethics statement or an affirmation that the applicant has read and will abide by the code of ethics.
  • Recertification: 20 hours of continuing education earned every two years, including six hours in ethics.

Recovery Coaches may start documenting their hours through their local recovery coach community centers. Stay tuned for more information.


PRIME FOR LIFE

In collaboration with AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, the Maine Recovery Hub helps coordinate
Prime For Life® education throughout the state. This is an evidence-based prevention and intervention program that helps people learn to reduce their risks of alcohol and drug related problems throughout life. It is specifically designed for people at high-risk.

These classes help youth and young adults learn about substance use disorder. Some classes are designed for early intervention and pre-treatment. The Maine Recovery Hub supports Prime for Life-Universal classes, which focus on prevention, education, and skill building for youth without risk factors for substance use. The classes are designed to empower youth to make healthy decisions and reduce risk for problems, with a goal of reducing the risk of alcohol and drug problems throughout their lifetimes and reduce their high-risk choices.

The Maine Recovery Hub also supports Prime for Life instructor trainings for staff at each of the centers. Local centers link with prevention providers in their areas and deliver classes in schools and other settings.

For more information, contact Nicole Proctor, Recovery Hub Project Manager, at nicole@portlandrecovery.org