Maine Recovery Advocacy Project

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About Maine Recovery Advocacy Project

The Maine Recovery Advocacy Project (ME-RAP) is a grassroots network of people across our state working to redefine and reimagine justice, access, connection, and recovery in our state laws, county policies, municipal ordinances, schools, workplaces, and in our daily lives. ME-RAP is committed to giving people in recovery, people who use drugs, family members, and recovery allies the organizing tools to think and act locally.

2020 - 2021

Platform

In community with people directly and indirectly impacted by addiction, recovery, overdose, and the war on drugs, the Maine Recovery Advocacy Project developed our state-wide platform. Everything we do and advocate for comes from the grassroots up. We do this by listening to our community and are committed to ensuring that our work is centered on the needs of real Maine people. Our community includes people in recovery, people who use drugs, family members, and all of our allies. 


We are imagining a Maine where every person has what they need to enter and sustain recovery, whatever that means for that person. The Maine Recovery Advocacy Project stands with policies and policymakers that work to redefine and reimagine justice, access, connection, and recovery by:

Justice
  • Restructuring drug sentencing laws
  • Protecting our community from those providing fraudulent, subpar, or questionable practices and services.
  • Centering recovery in the justice system
Access
  • Increasing funding for treatment, education, employment, harm reduction, recovery housing, and housing first models, reentry services, and family and recovery support services
  • Encouraging non-discriminatory access to recovery housing for people in medication-assisted treatment
  • Expanding grassroots recovery community organizations to every county in Maine
Connection
  • Lowering the cost of phone calls in Maine jails and prisons to ensure that families can remain connected to their loved ones
  • Educating the public that recovery is an asset in our communities
  • Openly sharing stories of personal, family, and community recovery
Recovery
  • Meaningfully engaging our community in decisions that impact us
  • Humanizing recovery through person-centered language and images
  • Celebrating recovery as any positive change
2020 - 2021

Platform

In community with people directly and indirectly impacted by addiction, recovery, overdose, and the war on drugs, the Maine Recovery Advocacy Project developed our state-wide platform. Everything we do and advocate for comes from the grassroots up. We do this by listening to our community and are committed to ensuring that our work is centered on the needs of real Maine people. Our community includes people in recovery, people who use drugs, family members, and all of our allies. 

We are imagining a Maine where every person has what they need to enter and sustain recovery, whatever that means for that person. The Maine Recovery Advocacy Project stands with policies and policymakers that work to redefine and reimagine justice, access, connection, and recovery by:

  • Restructuring drug sentencing laws
  • Protecting our community from those providing fraudulent, subpar, or questionable practices and services.
  • Centering recovery in the justice system
  • Increasing funding for treatment, education, employment, harm reduction, recovery housing, and housing first models, reentry services, and family and recovery support services
  • Encouraging non-discriminatory access to recovery housing for people in medication-assisted treatment
  • Expanding grassroots recovery community organizations to every county in Maine
  • Lowering the cost of phone calls in Maine jails and prisons to ensure that families can remain connected to their loved ones
  • Educating the public that recovery is an asset in our communities
  • Openly sharing stories of personal, family, and community recovery
  • Meaningfully engaging our community in decisions that impact us
  • Humanizing recovery through person-centered language and images
  • Celebrating recovery as any positive change
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We currently have organizers situated across the state of Maine working to redefine and reimagine justice, access, connection, and recovery in their communities. We are always looking for more advocates to join our team! Sign up to join our team! 

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Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen

Maine Policy Director

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