AG’s office seeks to issue grant money

Posted Dec. 07, 2009, at 7:11 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Office of the Attorney General is seeking grant proposals for nearly $69,000 to be distributed as part of the state’s settlement last year with the Gentle Wind Project over devices it marketed and claimed relieved emotional distress.

The Kittery-based Gentle Wind Project contended the devices — ranging from small laminated cards to disks resembling hockey pucks — were based on the principles of Tibetan and Asian medicine and could help improve people’s emotional, mental and physical health, according to a story previously published in the Bangor Daily News.

The Attorney General’s Office contended the nonprofit violated the Unfair Trade Practices Act by making false claims about its products.

As part of the settlement, the Attorney General’s Office was awarded nearly $140,000 to be distributed to nonprofit organizations whose mission is to assist people with mental health disabilities. More than half of the settlement money has been distributed among seven Maine mental health organizations.

Attorney General Janet Mills is seeking grant proposals from organizations with proven track records that will continue to improve the support available to people with mental health disabilities, according to a press release issued last week by her office.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15.

For information, contact the Office of the Attorney General, 626-8800.

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