Friday, May 2, 2014

Healthy Acadia Holds Community Forums on Substance Abuse Prevention

Healthy Acadia Holds Community Forums on Substance Abuse Prevention

Healthy Acadia and the Hancock County Drug Free Communities Coalition are excited to invite community members to participate in two dynamic forums focused on substance abuse prevention, as part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Prevention Week in May.

On Monday, May 19, Healthy Acadia will hold a Town Hall Meeting, “Our Communities. Our Health. Our Future.” The meeting will be held at Ellsworth City Hall auditorium, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, it is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Events for the evening include presentations by the “Making a Difference Team” from Bucksport High School, a local School Resource Officer, an informative session on “Positive and Resilient Youth Development,” and a panel of speakers regarding community resources available for substance abuse, mental health, and youth diversion services in Hancock County.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and hear about upcoming training opportunities that will be offered.

On Wednesday, May 21, Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator, Denise Black, will participate on WERU’s radio broadcast of “Common Health” hosted by Jim Fisher, from 10:00am to 11:00am, on 89.9 FM, 99.9 FM or streaming at  The segment will focus on Alcohol, Drugs and Pubic Health issues, and community members are encouraged to participate in this forum by calling in to the show.

“The Town Hall Meeting and WERU radio show are great opportunities to learn more, get involved and make a difference,” said Denise Black. “It takes all of us working together to build a safe, healthy and drug-free community.”

In addition to the Prevention Week forums, the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Hancock County Drug Free Communities Coalition will be held on Monday, May 12, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Ellsworth City Hall. All are welcome to attend.  If you would like more information, please contact Denise Black at 667-7171, or