Breakout #3: Small Towns- Big Collaborations

Municipalities that are small in size and funding do not have to be excluded from progressive changes in response to mental health crises in our communities. An all-or-nothing approach is not the answer. We will take you through our journey, which was sparked by attending this conference in 2021, to examine how three neighboring municipalities in Maine came together to create a shared mental health position to address our community’s rising mental health needs. We will discuss the logistics of our journey, including our partner agency, implementation, and responsibilities of our community response worker, and touch on funding and shared time. The best presentations provide the information attendees are looking for, so we are looking for you to bring those questions and actively engage in Q&A with our panel members.