AUGUSTA, ME – Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) enjoyed record attendance at its Annual Meeting & Dinner on May 9 at the Waterville Elks Banquet and Conference Center.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support for our mission and the work C&C does in the community,” C&C CEO Lynn Duby said.
The Augusta-based nonprofit serves individuals with behavioral health needs, including substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders. In addition the agency is the sole provider of crisis services for Kennebec and Somerset counties and provides 24-hour-a-day crisis services to those in need.
The Annual Meeting acknowledges the good work partner agencies do in the community, applauds vital public service providers, and brings attention to relationships that help the organization meet its mission.
“We have had to become even more creative than ever as we search for ways to support as many people as possible on their pathways to recovery,” Duby said, adding that she was grateful for collaborative partnerships that help to serve a vulnerable segment of society.
Duby awarded the CEO’s Special Recognition Award to Day One Executive Director David Faulkner. Day One is a South Portland-based agency dedicated to reducing substance abuse among Maine youths to help them lead productive, healthy and rewarding lives. The agency, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is a longtime collaborative partner of C&C.
“Crisis and Counseling Centers is a fantastic organization,” Falkner said. “It is the lead in the state for crisis programs and other programs and I’m honored to be associated with Crisis and Counseling.”
Augusta patrol officer Christopher Guay won this year’s Public Safety Appreciation award. Crisis & Counseling Medical Director Michael Mitchell praised Guay’s cool-headedness, saying “Officer Guay brings a high level of compassionate understanding to his work … I have seen him work personally and am inspired by the way he connects to people in crisis.”
Crisis & Counseling Centers awarded the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine as the Agency of the Year. The collaborative supports the development of integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance and Executive Director Catherine Chichester said that she honored by the recognition.
The agency acknowledged Crisis Residential Worker Brenda Kenney; Outreach Crisis Workers Penny Wilson, Mary Tracy, Melanie Roger, Kaitlynn Littlefield, and Melinda Farrington; and
Human Resource Assistant Kimberly Lathe Moody with its Peer Recognition Awards.
Nineteen area businesses sponsored the event, including Presenting Sponsor PFBF; VIP Sponsors Aetna, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Norton Financial; Host Sponsors Budget Document Technology, Inland Hospital, Kennebec Savings Bank, Kozak & Gayer, P.A., Riverside Disposal; Non-Profit Sponsors Day One, KVCAP, MaineGeneral, NAMI, Tri-County; and partners China-Dinah, Creative Print Services, Unger Associates, Capital Area Staffing Solutions and Johnson & Jordan Mechanical Contractors
Crisis & Counseling Centers is a private, nonprofit social service agency licensed by the State of Maine as a comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment facility. With clinical programs operating out of nine locations, the organization is the sole provider of 24-hour mobile crisis response and stabilization in Kennebec and Somerset counties (responding to more than 3,500 calls each month).
C&C also provides outpatient medication management, substance abuse and mental health treatment to more than 2,000 individuals each year; integrated medical and behavioral healthcare in the Kennebec County Correctional Facility; and family support services statewide through the G.E.A.R. Parent Network.
The mission of Crisis & Counseling Centers is to develop and deliver effective solutions to the diverse behavioral health needs of the community in a professional and respectful manner. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call the Voice & TTY Maine Crisis Line at 1-888-568-1112. For information, visit www.crisisandcounseling.org.