Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Maine, Operation HOPE at the Scarborough Police Department has temporarily closed. In-person assistance may resume after January 12, 2022. “My heart breaks to have to close Operation HOPE for right now. We’re going to do everything we can within our powers to get it up and running. Unfortunately, the pandemic rules right now,” Deputy Chief John O’Malley said. Anyone who needs support is encouraged to connect with the Portland Recovery Community Center or call 211 for more resources.
Beginning this week (7/6/20), most of our treatment providers are open at this point, and Milestone Recovery Detox in Portland has reopened. You will need to be detoxed before Operation HOPE can assist you. If you are interested in detoxing at Milestone in Portland, please call their nursing dept at 207-775-4790, ext. 111.
We have changed how we operate for your safety as well as ours. You will be given a mask if you are not already wearing one. You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and have a temperature check. Since some detox symptoms mimic those of COVID-19, please do not come in if you are still feeling unwell or have a fever. Due to the small size of our Operation HOPE room, placements will be done in a different room to allow for social distancing. To limit potential exposures, you will be restricted to having one person with you for support while inside the secure part of our building.
Operation HOPE Maine at Scarborough PD will remain closed until it is safe to reopen the PD to the public, and the State of Emergency has been lifted. We want to assure everyone that we will reopen when it is safe to do so. Our partners at Portland Recovery Community Center have also had to temporarily close their doors. However, they will be available through phone support, virtual meetings, and communicating through social media. PRCC staff are working from home and will be calling members and participants to check in and provide peer recovery support. If you or someone you know would like to receive calls, please email Shannon@portlandrecovery.org or call PRCC at 207-553-2575 and they will add you to their call list or refer you to the recovery community center nearest you.
Meanwhile, we urge everyone to follow CDC guidelines and stay informed. Please wash your hands, limit social interactions, and quarantine yourself if you feel any flu-like symptoms.
Effective today (Monday, March 16th), Operation HOPE will close for at least two weeks. We will reassess before March 30th and decide if it is safe to reopen at that time. We want to assure everyone that we WILL reopen, but only when safe to do so. Meanwhile we urge everyone to follow CDC guidelines and stay informed. Our partners at Portland Recovery Community Center have also had to temporarily close their doors. However, they will be available through phone support, virtual meetings, and communicating through social media.
On January 24th, Operation HOPE at Scarborough PD made its 400th placement of a Mainer into treatment for Substance Use Disorder. As of today we are at 402 placements!
We opened the doors on October 1st, 2015. I can tell you we NEVER thought it would become what it has. We didn't see this program lasting more than a year or two. We didn't expect the success, we didn't expect the media attention, we didn't expect to join such a big and important fight for those struggling. We've made amazing friends and allies along the way. We've struggled and hit walls and been defeated numerous times. But we kept fighting. ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING!
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible....
Treatment facilities, sober living facilities, medication assisted treatment facilities, detox facilities who have worked with us to help those struggling. You have helped us help 402 people!
Our police personnel and HOPE coordinators who have fought everyday to help all those we could. Who have learned so much along the way about SUD and those who struggle with it. Who don't look at the people coming in and see a moral failing, but a PERSON with a disease who needs support and treatment without judgement.
Our volunteers past and present who have helped make many of those placements. Who've dropped what their doing to immediately come in and find help for men and women who didn't have anywhere else to turn.
Our partners at Portland Recovery Community Center who have graciously offered up their time to help us with fundraising, placements, and training. If we hadn't met Steve Cotreau at PRCC way back in August of 2015, there may never have been an Operation HOPE.
Every person or business that has donated funds or supplies to Operation HOPE, or helped us with grants. We have been able to stay open because of this incredibly important support.
Most importantly, thank you to every single man and woman who walked through our doors and asked for help. We understand how terrifying it is to walk into a Police Station, admit to illegal behavior, sometimes turning over drugs and needles, and then hoping that in turn they would receive help and not punishment. You are the bravest and most important part of this entire program. Without your bravery to seek help for SUD, there would be no reason for us to be open. You did the hardest work of everyone on this list.
Sadly, we have lost some of our people along the way. Both volunteers and placements that are missed every single day. Substance Use Disorder is a life-long disease, don't ever take your recovery and renewed self for granted. You are worthy of a happy, healthy, and peaceful life.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! We are so proud to be part of something bigger. Our doors are still open and we're here if you need us.
- Jaime Higgins
Jay Grey has opened a restaurant in Ogunquit called “Food For Thought”. Jay knows people that have been touched by the opioid crisis and will be donating 5% of the restaurant’s seasonal profits to Operation HOPE. Chief Moulton spoke to staff members and their family yesterday afternoon at the restaurant. The menu even has a notation about the 5% going to HOPE!
Thank you to Jay and all the amazing staff at “Food for Thought”. We are excited for this new partnership.
Fight against fentanyl: Inside 1 town’s opioid battle
Fentanyl is a synthetic drug 50 times more potent than heroin, but it’s that potency that draws people to the dangerous opioid. NBC’s Kate Snow travels to Maine, where fentanyl is making rounds, to meet a dedicated group trying to beat it.
Thank you to both Kate Snow and the Today Show! We were honored to be a part of this story.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Donates $10,000 to Operation HOPE to Aid Fight Against Opioid Epidemic
SCARBOROUGH, MAINE (Oct. 24, 2018) – As part of its continuing efforts to aid in addressing the opioid epidemic, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to Operation HOPE (the Heroin-Opiate Prevention Effort) at an event this morning at the Scarborough Public Safety Building. Chief Robert Moulton of the Scarborough Police Department accepted the gift from Anthem on behalf of Operation HOPE.
“On behalf of the Scarborough Police Department and Operation HOPE, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for their kind donation,” said Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton. “When we opened our doors in 2015, we pledged to do whatever we could for the people of Maine who are suffering from the devastating disease of substance use disorder. We fully recognized that we could not use taxpayer dollars and have only been able to continue as a result of the grants and generous donations from contributors that recognize the depth of this public health issue. Every dollar from this donation will be used to assist individuals who desperately need our assistance to break the cycle. We firmly believe there is hope and we have seen the tremendous success that is possible in recovery.”
“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to those we serve and helping Mainers suffering from addiction get access to the recovery services they need,” said Dr. Jeffrey Holmstrom, medical director at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “That’s why we’re proud to again support Operation HOPE in its efforts to address this major public health crisis that is stretching Maine’s substance use disorder treatment infrastructure to its limits.”
The Scarborough Police Department started Operation HOPE in 2015, modeled after a successful program in Gloucester, Mass. Operation HOPE’s mission is to enable Mainers suffering from opioid addiction to seek help and experience recovery. The program aims to reduce overdose deaths and help people access life-saving health treatment through its collaborative partnerships, regardless of insurance or income level. Mainers from every corner of the state are turning to Operation HOPE for access to recovery services; nearly 350 individuals have been helped by Operation HOPE to date.
With today’s donation, Anthem has given a total of $20,000 to Operation HOPE since its inception.
Saturday at 11 AM – 3 PM
NorDx: 301 US Route One Scarborough Maine
Raffles and Silent Auction / Face and Pumpkin Painting / Bake & Craft Sales
… AND MUCH MORE!!!
All Proceeds to benefit Operation Hope which helps place individuals who suffer with substance abuse from our own communities into rehabilitation and treatment programs Let’s help fight this, together with the Scarborough Police Department, and help those in our community who are trying to overcome this disorder and recover!