On March 15, 2022, Mayor Carl L. Sheline--accompanied by Councilor Stephanie Gelinas, City Administrator Heather Hunter, Chief of Police Dave St. Pierre, and individuals within the recovery community--signed a Mayoral Order to establish an Ad hoc Committee on Substance Use and Recovery. He co-chairs the committee with Councilor Gelinas. The Mayoral Order can be viewed atwww.lewistonmaine.gov/recovery
Mayor Sheline shared the charge of the committee: "conduct a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities for cooperation to address substance use in Lewiston. We will also work to develop a framework to support people in recovery.”
Councilor Gelinas made a plea to "increase awareness, decrease stigma, and most importantly develop more resources for our community to address substance use disorder.”
Other speakers were Chantel St. Laurent of Recovery Connections; Dr. John Alexander, Chief Medical Officer at Central Maine Healthcare; and Gordon Smith, Maine Director of Opioid Response.
Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Substance Use and Recovery Membership
Mayor Carl L. Sheline Stephanie Gelinas, City Councilor Heather Hunter, City Administrator Dave St. Pierre, Chief of Police Jeremy Hiltz, Founder/CEO/Counselor – Recovery Connections of Maine Chantel St. Laurent, Addictions Counselor – Recovery Connections of Maine Deb York, Executive Director - An Angel's Wing Catherine Ryder, Chief Executive Director - Tri County Mental Health Services Doug Dunbar, Recovery & Re-Entry Workforce Specialist - Eastern Maine Development Corporation Gordon Smith, Maine Director of Opioid Response Dr. John Alexander, Central Maine Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, Senior VP, and President of Central Maine Accountable Care Organization Rick Redmond, System Director for Behavioral Health - Central Maine Healthcare Mike Abbatiello, Vice President of Behavioral Health - St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Michael Paddleford, Recovery on the Road Bruce King, Maine Inside Out Neil McLean, District Attorney of Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties Dave Bilodeau, Options Liaison Androscoggin County – Tri County Mental Health Services Shawn Yardley, Community Concepts Lana Whittemore, An Angel’s Wing & Blue Sky Counseling
Staff Support Dottie Perham-Whittier, Community Relations Coordinator - City of Lewiston