Amistad’s Mission

We help those with mental illness, substance use disorder, chronic homelessness, and related issues to recover and lead healthy lives.

We do this by fostering community among our members, by seeking to expand our peer services to reach more people in need, by advocating for more and better healthcare availability, and through our belief in the inherent potential of each individual and our respect for a meaningful consumer voice.

Our Vision

We envision a society where all are accepted, encouraged and respected, and where those suffering from mental illness, substance use disorder, homelessness, hunger, and related challenges receive the care, compassion, and support they need in order to recover and lead productive lives.

“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.



Our Values


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.


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.


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.

Social Justice

We recognize that many individuals we support are dealing with challenges related to poverty. We intend our work to be empowering and to support self-determination and resilience.

“I want to be treated the same as everyone else!”

Kathy Black, Amistad Peer Center Member and Board Member

Ten years ago Kathy came to the Amistad Peer Support & Recovery Center with emotional pain and experiences she wanted to forget, but couldn’t. She found a place where she was treated with dignity and respect, that allowed her to sit with the pain in the company of others who understood; to acknowledge those experiences without them defining her. She found a community where she could be herself.