AdCare Maine offers high quality trainings, educational events, and program management services to individuals and organizations who encounter problems associated with substance abuse, behavioral health, or other public health issues.
With very heavy hearts, we have some tough news to share with the AdCare Educational Institute community. Neill Miner, the former longtime Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, passed away on Saturday, May 5, surrounded by his family.
Neill worked for AdCare Educational Institute in several capacities for 25 years. He also directed the New England Institute of Addiction Studies for 16 years. Prior to his time at AdCare Educational Institute and the New England Institute, Neill served as the Director of the Maine Office of Alcoholism and Drug Prevention. Later in his career, he also worked in community prevention. In addition to developing quality continuing education for the workforce, his work led to infrastructure for statewide recovery initiatives, adolescent treatment systems, and other initiatives that will continue to benefit many people.
Neill’s impact on our field for over 30 years has been immense. His gifts for identifying opportunities to improve or expand services, combined with his unparalleled work ethic and his truly collaborative approach, brought many important initiatives to fruition.
Neill quietly and humbly led, mentored, and encouraged many people in the field to shine in their roles as trainers, recovery advocates, clinicians, prevention professionals, capacity builders, and organizers. His impact on improving the wellness and recovery of people from New England and beyond is immense, and his kindness was felt by many.
An updated obituary is now available that includes information about Neill’s service, scheduled for June 9, 2018, in Hallowell, along with donation suggestions. The original obituary may also be found at CentralMaine.com.
In addition, memories and photos of Neill are being collected on a special Memories of Neill webpage to be compiled for his family. (Submission officially closed on May 20.)
Neill had a way of bringing out the best in people, and our community’s work will continue to spread those seeds in a beautiful way.