Senator Chipman elected to Amistad Board of Directors
Senator Ben Chipman (D-Portland) was elected to the Board of Directors of Amistad on Friday. Amistad Peer Support and Recovery “is a non-profit corporation started in 1982 that provides progressive and consumer directed services based on a belief in the potential of individuals with serious life challenges to live full, rich and productive lives.”
Senator Chipman is the lead Senate Democrat on the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. His top legislative priorities on the Committee and as a Senator are to increase access to affordable, quality health care for all, including mental health care and treatment for substance use disorders, and curbing the opioid epidemic.
“Everyone at Amistad does great work, in large ways and small, to support Mainers dealing with mental illness, homelessness, substance use disorders, and other challenges,” said Senator Chipman. “I’m honored to have been elected to the Board and I look forward to working with everyone in this new capacity towards our shared goals.”
Amistad has grown from its founding in 1982 to become Maine’s largest peer-support community. Staff assist individuals who visit the emergency room during a psychiatric crisis, manage a peer support and recovery center, provide peer-to-peer coaching to lessen dependence on the emergency room, and provide peer support at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.
Senator Chipman is serving his first term in the Maine Senate, having previously served for six years in the House of Representatives. He represents Senate District 27, which consists of part of the City of Portland, including Peaks, Cliff and Great Diamond islands.