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Program Information
Program Name: Amistad
Year the Program was Started: 1982
Public Contact Person: Peter Driscoll
Address: PO Box 992
Portland, ME 04101
Telephone #: 207-773-1956
Fax #: 207-773-2087
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Drop-in Center, Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 10-20
Paid Part-Time: 10-20
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Provide a welcomming and respectful community; provide peer support to individuals in the psych emergency room; provide peer support in the State Psychiatric Hospital; to work with individuals who are frequent users of the local psych ED.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Conduct an annual member survey; have had programs formally assessed by outside evaluators
Program Mission Statement: to foster a community of people who are facing mental health and other life challenges, develop peer services, and advocate for changes to the mental health system which are based on a belief in recovery and respect for meaningful consumer voice.

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