We are a community where everyone is always welcome on a first name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Recovery

We have a fundamental and unwavering belief in the power and possibility of recovery and absolutely believe that all individuals can lead full, rich, and productive lives.

Relationships

We believe that services that are organized and delivered by peers focus on building positive relationships and should become an integral part of the mental health system.

Respect

We believe that all members of the Amistad community – members, staff and those seeking services – deserve to be treated equally and with dignity and respect at all times.



"I am a living example that recovery is possible."

Jan Anderson, Maine Warm Line Peer Specialist

Jan is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who also suffered from severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Utilizing tools and principles of Recovery, Jan dealt with her addictions and mental health until she was ready to return to the workforce full-time as a trained Peer Specialist. Jan removed herself from Social Security Disability and is now able to help others on the Recovery journey.

"It’s not about the illness. It’s about the individual."

Dennis King, CEO of Spring Harbor Hospital

At Spring Harbor Hospital & Maine Medical Center, we believe “peers,” individuals with similar mental health experiences, can provide support and hope to complement the delivery and effectiveness of our medical treatment. That’s why we have partnered with Amistad to train Peer Specialists who are available each night in the Psychiatric Emergency Department to help support individuals’ unique needs and experiences.

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Our Mission

Amistad came to life in 1982, begun by families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). These families knew that what their loved ones really needed was something not provided by other agencies -- a safe place to spend their abundant free time where they would be treated respectfully and where they could engage in useful activities.

Amistad has grown over the years, however we remain committed to the original vision. We are a community where everyone is always welcome on a first name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We do the little things -- remember birthdays, celebrate accomplishments, take pictures, and memorialize members when they pass.

We became a recognized 501(c)(3) corporation in 1996. Originally known as a social club, in 2001 the members voted to describe themselves as a Peer Support and Recovery Center. This name change reflects the awareness that Amistad has grown into a community of people committed to health, mutual support and recovery.

In the past few years Amistad has become a leader in developing services that are organized and delivered by peers. We now operate three individual programs -- the original Peer Support and Recovery Center in Portland, we have expanded to include a Peer Support program in the Emergency Room at Maine Medical Center, and established a Peer Support Program inside Riverview Psychiatric Center.

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Blue Plate Special Now $2.00!
Amistad has a new Director, Brian Townsend, MS, LCPC. Find out more here!

Recovery. Relationships. Respect.

Amistad came to life in 1982, begun by families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). These families knew that what their loved ones really needed was something not provided by other agencies -- a safe place to spend their abundant free time where they would be treated respectfully and where they could engage in useful activities.

Amistad has grown over the years, however we remain committed to the original vision. We are a community where everyone is always welcome on a first name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We do the little things -- remember birthdays, celebrate accomplishments, take pictures, and memorialize members when they pass.

We became a recognized 501(c)(3) corporation in 1996. Originally known as a social club, in 2001 the members voted to describe themselves as a Peer Support and Recovery Center. This name change reflects the awareness that Amistad has grown into a community of people committed to health, mutual support and recovery.

In the past few years Amistad has become a leader in developing services that are organized and delivered by peers. We now operate three individual programs -- the original Peer Support and Recovery Center in Portland, we have expanded to include a Peer Support program in the Emergency Room at Maine Medical Center, and established a Peer Support Program inside Riverview Psychiatric Center.

 

Blue Plate Special Now $2.00!
Amistad has a new Director, Brian Townsend, MS, LCPC. Find out more here!

Recovery. Relationships. Respect.

 

Amistad came to life in 1982, begun by families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). These families knew that what their loved ones really needed was something not provided by other agencies -- a safe place to spend their abundant free time where they would be treated respectfully and where they could engage in useful activities.

Amistad has grown over the years, however we remain committed to the original vision. We are a community where everyone is always welcome on a first name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We do the little things -- remember birthdays, celebrate accomplishments, take pictures, and memorialize members when they pass.

We became a recognized 501(c)(3) corporation in 1996. Originally known as a social club, in 2001 the members voted to describe themselves as a Peer Support and Recovery Center. This name change reflects the awareness that Amistad has grown into a community of people committed to health, mutual support and recovery.

In the past few years Amistad has become a leader in developing services that are organized and delivered by peers. We now operate three individual programs -- the original Peer Support and Recovery Center in Portland, we have expanded to include a Peer Support program in the Emergency Room at Maine Medical Center, and established a Peer Support Program inside Riverview Psychiatric Center.