Mayoral Ad Hoc Committee on Substance Use & Recovery
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 City Councilor Stephanie Gelinas Heather Hunter, City Administrator Chief of Police Dave St. Pierre Jeremy Hiltz, Recovery Connections & The R.E.S.T. Center Chantel St. Laurent, Recovery Connections & The R.E.S.T. Center Deb York, Executive Director of An Angel's Wing Lana Whittemore, An Angel’s Wing & Blue Sky Counseling Catherine Ryder, Executive Director of Tri County Mental Health Services Doug Dunbar, Recovery & Re-Entry Workforce Specialist from Eastern Maine Development Corporation Gordon Smith, Maine Director of Opioid Response Dr. John Alexander, Central Maine Health Care Chief Medical Officer/ President - Central Maine Accountable Care Organization Dr. Douglas Smith, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Vice President, Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer Michael Paddleford, Recovery on the Road Bruce King, Maine Inside Out Neil McLean, Assistant District Attorney Shawn Yardley, Community Concepts CEO Dave Bilodeau - Tri-County Options Liaison