Maine Response to Crisis

Maine DHHS Webinar – November 8, 2023

Assessing Risk & Managing Community Supports 

Nov 8, 2023  |   12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern Time 


  • Anthony Ng MD, Psychiatrist & Mass Casualty Expert, Northern Light Health Acadia
  • Greg Marley LCSW, Senior Clinical Director, NAMI Maine

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Maine DHHS Webinar – November 15, 2023

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Care

Nov 15, 2023  |   12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern Time (2 follow up sessions TBA)


  • Jesse Higgins PMH-NP, Director Behavioral Health Integration, Northern Light Health Acadia
  • Courtney Pladsen DNP, MaineCare Medical Director

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Maine DHHS Webinar – November 1, 2023

Supporting Patients’ Behavioral Health in the Wake of the Mass Shootings in Lewiston

Nov 1, 2023  |   12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern Time (2 follow up sessions TBA)

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Dear MECEP friends,

We are deeply saddened by the recent mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, which resulted in senseless loss of life and injury. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the many others impacted by this tragedy. We are so proud of the efforts of medical personnel who responded to the crisis.

In 2006, Dr. Brian J Zink authored a book titled Anyone, Anything, Anytime – which discusses the history and growth of Emergency Medicine.  I think that the title perfectly encapsulates one of the core tenants of an Emergency Medicine physician’s reason for working in an Emergency Department.  On Wednesday night, our colleagues at Central Maine Medical Center, as well as the surrounding hospitals and accepting facilities; were asked to practice the art and craft of Emergency Medicine at the highest level under a tremendous amount of stress.  Their community needed them, and they answered this call with exemplary professionalism, care, and expertise.  We all have our various personal reasons for why we wanted to be physicians, work in Emergency Medicine , and live in Maine.  Regardless of our different reasons, I suspect that we all strive to be able to perform at the level that our colleagues did in Lewiston. 

To everyone who worked Wednesday and Thursday, we thank you for the care you provided to the Lewiston community.  You are a perfect example of what the proper outlook, education, training, dedication, and self-sacrifice can achieve.  We are thankful and grateful for you.


Andrew Ehrhard MD, FACEP, Maine Chapter ACEP President and Maine Chapter ACEP leadership


We encourage our members to take care of themselves and seek support if needed.

  • Maine Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: 800-950-6264
  • Clinicians, educators and first responders can call 1-800-769-9819: The FrontLine WarmLine offers free support services to help these professionals manage the stress of responding to disasters from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
  • MPHP: Medical Professionals Health Program assists professionals who suffer from mental health/behavioral issues and stress and burnout in the workplace.  Get in touch with MPHP at [email protected] or (207) 623–9266. 
  • How physicians can talk to patients about gun violence and firearm safety with Sandra Fryhofer, MD VIDEO LINK 
  • AMA CME module on firearm safety – Access AMA’s CME module