June 15, 2020
AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., continues to monitor the evolving developments related to COVID-19. AdCare Maine continues to meet internally to create contingency plans of operations that will protect the health and safety of our training participants, and our staff, while also allowing programming to continue to go forward to meet the educational and training needs of Maine’s behavioral health fields. To inform our decision-making process, we are following data and guidance from the U.S. and Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and other top public health agencies and experts. Additionally, we are following the guidance and orders coming from the Maine CDC and Governor Janet Mills. The health and safety of our trainers, participants, and staff is our top priority.
To this end AdCare is extending its suspension of in-person trainings through the end of August*. In-person trainings that were scheduled for June are either being re-scheduled to a later date, or transitioned into an online, webinar format. Future trainings developed in July and August will be held in virtual formats.
We know that many individuals attend our trainings to acquire CEUs for licensing and credentialing purposes. Our goal is to protect your health and safety while still moving forward with training opportunities to minimize disruptions in the ability to acquire the training hours you need for your license or credential. We will continue to monitor further developments and state orders to inform any alterations we may need to make to training events for June and beyond. If there are any future alterations in trainings in those months we will issue a new letter with new guidance.
On behalf of our entire organization, we wish all of our participants and partners wellness and safety in the weeks and months ahead. Please go to the CDC website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information and current updates on COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have related to our operations during this time.
Thank you and take care,
Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C
Director of Operations
AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.
*AdCare is resuming a limited number of in-person DEEP classes beginning in June. These classes will be very small in number, and follow all orders from the Governor’s Office and guidance from Maine CDC in terms of social distancing, requiring face masks, safe maximum capacities, etc.