OPTIONS Liaisons

The Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety (OPTIONS) initiative is a coordinated effort of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and other state agencies to improve the health of Mainers with substance use disorder. OPTIONS supports treatment, harm reduction and recovery, and aims to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal drug related overdoses. The OPTIONS co-responder initiative embeds licensed behavioral health clinicians within local emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement agencies in every county across Maine. Liaisons work alongside their first responder counterparts to:

  1. Provide brief therapeutic interventions when appropriate.
  2. Conduct proactive outreach with at-risk communities.
  3. De-escalate behavioral health crises when possible.
  4. Engage in post-overdose follow up and help with referrals.

Each OPTIONS liaison serves the entire county in which they are located. As part of the OPTIONS liaison initiative, OBH and the Maine CDC are working to better integrate the varying levels of support services in each county. These services may include Syringe Service Programs (SSPs), Tier 1 and Tier 2 naloxone distributors, Recovery Centers, MAT treatment providers, food and housing supports among others. For more information on the OPTIONS liaison program, contact robert.porter@maine.gov.

OPTIONS Liaisons, by County*

Androscoggin County: Dave Bilodeau – dbilodea@tcmhs.org(207) 344-1828 (direct) or Request Help Online

Aroostook County: Vanessa Charette – vcharette@amhc.org and Sarah Baker-Corbett – scorbett@amhc.org – (207) 762-4851 or Request Help Online

Cumberland County: Tom MacElhaney – tjmacelhaney@sweetser.org(207) 468-2848 or Request Help Online

Franklin County: Kat Beaumont, BA, CADC – katlynnj@wmbh-me.com(207) 500-1752 (direct) or Request Help Online

Hancock County: Nick St. Louis – nstlouis@amhc.org (207) 762-4851 or Request Help Online

Kennebec County: Dawn Kearns – dkearns@sweetser.org(207) 446-3304 or Request Help Online

Knox County: William Bucklin – wbucklin@sweetser.org(207) 298-4672 or Request Help Online

Lincoln County: Nicholas Loscocco – nloscocco@sweetser.org(207) 468-3483 or Request Help Online

Oxford County: Glenn Gordon – glenn.gordon@ocmhs.org – (207) 357-1751 or Request Help Online

Penobscot County: Ashley Roberts, CADC – aroberts@chcs-me.org(207) 991-1162 or Request Help Online

Piscataquis County: Megan Harrigan, CADC – mharrigan@chcs-me.org(207) 949-0271 or Request Help Online

Sagadahoc County: Mariah Beauregard, CADC – mbeauregard@sweetser.org(207) 468-3304 or Request Help Online

Somerset County: Mandy Smiley – msmiley@sweetser.org(207) 468-6979 or Request Help Online

Waldo County: Ann Ward – aeward@sweetser.org(207) 468-2766 or Request Help Online

Washington County: David Grieco – dgrieco@amhc.org (207) 496-9733 or Request Help Online

York County: Lacey Bailey – lmbailey@sweetser.org(207) 468-4015 or Request Help Online

*The OPTIONS liaison program is new. This list will be updated as liaisons come on board for each Maine county.

In the case of an immediate medical emergency, such as an overdose, call 911.