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Healthy Lives

GOAL Three: Help us all live longer, better.

We help more people by working to reduce preventable premature deaths. To accomplish Goal 3, we are focusing on mental health, substance use prevention and treatment, and suicide prevention.

Target: 4860 Years of Potential Life Lost per 100,000 people.
Baseline: 5400 Years of Potential Life Lost per 100,000 people.

20% of Cumberland County high school students have experienced three or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences).


John, 35, came to a Southern Maine social service agency for a six-month program, after a third unsuccessful treatment experience. Due to his dependency on alcohol and opiates, John was estranged from his wife and children and had lost his job.

Having found the right program, he immersed himself in group counseling, 12-step community programming, and community service. He also returned to work. John now resides in supportive transitional housing, where he can check in with counselors and attend events with his children. He is about to celebrate a year of sobriety and now has regular visitation with his children.



Mary Jane Krebs (Co-Chair)
President, and Senior Vice President Intensive Services
Spring Harbor Hospital & Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Luc Nya (Co-Chair)
Children’s Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, OCFS/DOC Liaison
State of Maine

Greg Bowers
Day One

Oliver Bradeen
Employee Assistance Coordinator
Portland Fire Department

Kristen Farnham
Vice President of Development
Spurwink Services

Rebecca Hoffmann Frances
Senior Director of Clinical Innovation
Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Diane Geyer
Coordinator of Clinical Substance Use Services
University of Southern Maine, Recovery Oriented Campus Center

Jim Highland
Principal, Health Analytics Practice Area

Robert Mackenzie
Chief of Police
Town of Kennebunk

Tina Pettingill & Bridget Rauscher
Portland Public Health
City of Portland

Jonathan Sahrbeck
District Attorney
Cumberland County

Melissa Skahan
Vice President Mission Integration
Northern Light Health Mercy Hospital

Lisa Toner
Community Volunteer
Retired – Maine Public Radio

Brian Townsend
Executive Director

See full list of Thrive2027 cabinet members here