Neill Miner, the former longtime Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, passed away on May 5, 2018. 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.
Those interested in making a gift in Neill’s honor might consider these donation suggestions:
Neill Miner Memorial Fund
Much of Neill’s career was spent obtaining funding for and/or running projects to improve alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment. One of the largest and longest-lasting of these projects is the New England School of Addiction Studies, an annual four-day training program that he ran for more than a decade. Contributions to this fund will support a scholarship (or similar support for the school) in Neill’s name.
Glenridge Comfort Care Expansion Project
Neill and his family drew a lot of comfort and support from the newly opened five-bed inpatient hospice unit in Augusta. The hospital is engaged in a project to add a family room and new entrance, which will enhance the care and experience of future patients and their families at this facility.
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.
Remembering Neill Miner
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