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.



"As peer support in mental health proliferates, we must be mindful of our intention: social change. It is not simply about developing more effective services, but about creating dialogues that have influence on all of our understandings, conversations and relationships."

Shery Mead, Founder of Intentional Peer Support

Amistad has been the leader of peer services in Maine since our inception over 30 years ago. Our intention over the years- to connect with folks using compassionate inquiry and build healthy relationshsips- has led to innovative peer-led programming that improves health outcomes, focuses on acceptance and relationship building, and built a strong workforce of people in recovery. We have not only infiltrated the system, we have become an integral part of its recovery process.

"Be cool."

Mark "The Shark" Perry, Peer Outreach Worker (POW) Peer Support

Even when all else fails (and for most of us it has), trying to relax and do the "next right thing" can be difficult. Simple is best. We meet people where they are at and build relationships where folks feel heard, empowered and accepted for who they are. Then recovery is possible.

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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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New group tomorrow Thursday 10/4/18, from 2 - 4, coffee and snacks provided by Amistad. Details below.

I am excited to announce a new peer-lead group (group name is currently being discussed by group members) at Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center - Portland Maine. This group is for people who actively engage with substances and other forms of unconditional distractions self medicating, nurturing and or coping skills, ie gambling, eating, sex... the requirement of a desire to quit is not needed or forbidden to attend. This group offers a non-clinical atmosphere with no judgement and no preconceptions about addictions or dependence. This group is not affiliated with 12 step recovery groups and is not apposed to them. It is similar to our other groups in the way each of us are the experts in our own experience. We will be mindful of harm reduction. No one will be told they have to quit, move toward or away from anything. We do this willingly or unwillingly in life anyway.
We meet every Thursday from 2 to 4 on the first floor (basement), 66 State St Portland Maine unless Amistad is closed. The group began last Thursday and had up to 7 people.
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"Many holiday shoppers hit Portland's streets to get gifts Saturday. At dozens of stores, some of the money customers spent went to Amistad, a non-profit recovery center in Portland for people struggling with drug use. ...
'We're very happy to support Amistad, to be part of the downtown business community, to support these kinds of causes because they're important,' [the owner at Uncommon Paws] said.
She added her motivation was, 'not just as a mother of a recovering heroin addict but also as a human being.'" Read more from WCSH6 News >>

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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.