The University of New England (UNE) Center for Excellence in Health Innovation (CEHI) is a prominent and reputable education and research institution that is recognized throughout the Northeast for its commitment to evidence-based, interdisciplinary, patient-centered care. UNE partners with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Center for Disease Control, through the Maine Prevention Services Program, to address substance abuse issues impacting the health, safety, and success of Maine residents.
In 2017, this coalition of institutions collectively received federal funding to implement an important set of new tools for the state to facilitate mobilization of broad-based responses to common, day-to-day substance abuse situations. A significant portion of the funding would be channeled towards the development of a new public-facing portal. It would provide the friends and family of those with addictions with the means to initiate difficult conversations and activate essential community-based support.