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:

  • Is made up of sixteen recovery community centers that provide recovery support in their communities.
  • Offers help and guidance to communities looking to open recovery community centers.
  • Develops peer recovery coaching infrastructure including Recovery Coach Academies, Continuing education (Ethics, Coaching in the emergency room), Coacher-vision, and 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 lists of substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery resources.
  • Supports prevention program through Prime for Life classes.

RECOVERY COMMUNITY CENTERS AROUND MAINE

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 for Maine residents. PRCC Recovery Coaches honor multiple pathways, meet and support each individual on their recovery journey.

 What is a recovery coach? Learn more about recovery coaching here. 

Recovery Coach Basics

This one day training held from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm is designed for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the recovery process.

  • No courses available for this quarter. Please check back in the spring.

Recovery Coach Academy

Recovery Coach Academy trainings are being held virtually over five days from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm with a break for lunch. RCA is currently offered free of charge.

  • JANUARY 10-14: Class is full.

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. Note that the Recovery Coach Academy is a prerequisite to sign-up for any Continuing Education classes.

Coachervision (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM):
Please note: Coachervision is intended for people that are currently or are expecting to be supervising recovery coaches. 

Recovery Coaching in the Emergency Department (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM):

  • No courses available for this quarter. Please check back in the spring.

Ethical Considerations (Day 1 & 2: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Day 3: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM):

  • FEBRUARY 16-18: Class is full.

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 justin@portlandrecovery.org.

View the full 2022 Training Schedule.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

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

We keep an up-to-date list of state-wide resources and work in partnership with 211Maine to update resources and provide information for people seeking help.

Additional helpful resource lists can be found at:

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MARR
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COACHING CERTIFICATION

The application process for Registered Peer Recovery Coaches opened on March 1, 2021. The registered status will assure the public that people presenting themselves as recovery coaches in Maine have completed training through a credentialed training program. 

Registered Peer Recovery Coaches may choose to move forward to become certified or may renew this status every two years and not pursue certification. This is a great option for those who plan to serve as a coach primarily on a part-time volunteer basis. For applicants who wish to become certified, registration is the first step in Maine toward becoming a Certified Peer Recovery Coach. To apply to become a Registered Peer Recovery Coach in Maine, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches.
  • Education: High school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency.
  • Code of Ethics: The applicant must sign and agree to uphold the Peer Recovery Coach code of ethics statement. This includes the agreement to participate in coach supervision, while delivering coaching services.
  • Continuing Education: Must provide documentation of 16 hours of continuing education every two years in one or more of the following domains: Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/Wellness Support and/or Ethical Responsibility to renew your registered status. 

To become a Registered Peer Recovery Coach in Maine, please download the application here. The application and certificates of completion for CCAR curricula may be submitted by email to Sandy Mekonis, Administrative Assistant at sandy@portlandrecovery.org
Incomplete applications will be asked to be resubmitted with all required documentation. 

If you have questions or need further information, contact Justin Reid, Statewide Recovery Coach Coordinator at justin@portlandrecovery.org

View frequently asked questions about recovery coach registration here.

Maine Peer Recovery Coach Certification Workshop

Portland Recovery Community Center, in collaboration with the Maine Peer Recovery Coach Certification Board held a workshop to outline how to become a Registered Peer Recovery Coach and share information on the the pathway for certification in Maine. This virtual event, which occurred November 10th from 9am-12pm, included interactive workshops related to recovery coaching. The agenda consisted of three components:
  • Portland Recovery Community Center identified the steps needed to become a Registered Peer Recovery Coach and the pathway to certification. The Maine Peer Recovery Coach Certification Board was introduced, the application process was outlined, and the importance of becoming registered and certified was highlighted, followed by a Q&A forum.  
  • Healthy Acadia co-presented a workshop on ethical considerations for recovery coaching. This included the topic of Coachervision, its role within the credentialing process, and how it differs from other forms of supervision.  
  • Love Yourself Events presented an interactive workshop on compassion fatigue and steps to promote self-care, as self-care is a vitally important component for recovery coaches and Coachervision, 
The event was recorded and is now available for viewing. Whether you are a trained recovery coach, thinking about becoming trained, employing recovery coaches, a person in recovery, a recovery ally, or community member who is looking to help those in and seeking recovery, this event is for you.
 
For questions, please contact: justin@portlandrecovery.org.

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