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We network locally, regionally, statewide and nationally; to develop, promote, and support an environment of change in Maine through education, training, and advocacy.

Who We Are

Our Organization

  • Parent Category: About Us
  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 08:15
  • Written by Lydia Richard

The Advocacy Initiative Network of Maine, Incorporated (also known as The Network), is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Maine with the mission of promoting the rights, representation, respect and responsibility of consumers of Mental Health Services toward the goal of Citizenship in a united Maine.

  • To provide a forum for exchanging information to end stigma in the field of mental illness;
  • To achieve the best possible community mental health system for all citizens based upon our unique mental health consumer experience and perspective;
  • To provide primary consumer input into the affairs of all mental health providers;
  • To provide a means to help provide empowering support to all consumers in our search for appropriate health care, employment, housing, and other supports;
  • To provide a meaningful voice to consumers so to communicate our needs on issues directly impacting our lives;
  • To ensure that these concerns are heard and not discounted through consumer and public education and advocacy so as to eliminate discrimination and stigma;
  • To provide emotional support to and from consumers;
  • To research consumer empowerment satisfaction and quality of life issues;
  • And to demand that all consumers are treated with the dignity and humanity due to all human beings.


Our Values

  • We believe that all people must be treated in a respectful, fair, and equitable manner in all activities of the Advocacy Initiative Network of Maine.
  • We believe that all people should be afforded choice and self-determined goals that will foster independence and empowerment.
  • We believe that all people have the right to live in a safe environment and to have access to a variety of services and service providers close to their homes and family.
  • We believe that all people should have voice and choice in the direction of their recovery and treatment. Respect for individuality and self-knowledge is fundamental in achieving self-empowerment.
  • We believe in the promotion of a quality of life through the philosophy of recovery using the tools of education, resource, support, and opportunity within an environment of unconditional positive regard for all.
  • We believe that we are responsible for our own lives, that recovery is a process where life is lived along the way. Developing friendships based on love and mutual respect, participating in a spiritual community of our choice, and participating in social and vocational opportunities all serve to give us the strength and hope to do the hard work of recovery.
  • We believe confidentiality inspires trust, maintained in an environment where one can safely express concerns, thus increasing the quality of involvement and participation leading to stronger relationships.
  • We believe support is the cornerstone of success where sharing the workload with our combined strength increases our motivation, potential, and accomplishments.
  • We believe trust, a basic element of human interaction, creates a sense of security and belonging which paves the way for effective teamwork and supports our organization while providing the freedom to complete tasks without interference.
  • We believe honesty is essential to organizational success by building our reputation and credibility, which in turn fosters progress, improvement, and respect as we strive for a higher purpose with positive motives.
  • We believe in empowerment, a responsible self-determination to direct one’s course, known to encourage the spirit, engender confidence and self-respect that attracts leaders and decision-makers while contributing to organizational strength.
  • We believe that it is important to participate in consumer-run Initiatives, networks, and advocacy groups in an effort to help change the mental health system, to eliminate stigma, to achieve continued development towards further understanding and respectful life-opportunities for all consumer/survivor/ex-patients statewide.

Our Vision: "Citizenship in a United Maine"

  • Parent Category: About Us
  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Monday, 24 September 2007 11:02
  • Written by Lydia Richard

"We are ready to move beyond our own difficulties to address the need of the group; we are ready to continue to develop and improve our leadership skills in our communities and state. We are committed to the values of our organization and to the demonstration of those values in all of our activities."

Our Mission
The Advocacy Initiative Network of Maine is a statewide network of consumers/survivors/ex-patients network (CSX) who are united to promote voice and choice in all activities concerning their lives.

Our Purpose
To network locally, regionally, statewide and nationally; to develop, promote, and support an environment of change in Maine through education, training, and advocacy; to achieve equal rights through increased understanding improved quality of life, and the elimination of stigma, oppression, and discrimination.

Funded In Part By:

Wrendy Hayne Mental Health Fund-Maine Community Foundation

Applications

To apply for membership, please complete this form and mail or fax it back to us.
Application for Membership Application (DOC)
icon Application (PDF)

To apply for a board position, please complete this form and mail or fax it back to us.
Application to the Board of Directors BOD Application (DOC)
Application to the Board of Directors BOD Application (PDF)

Pillars of Peer Support Presentation

We have made available to you the Pillars of Peer Support Presentation from our 2010 Annual Meeting.
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