Help Us Help You
We help support those struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorder, and those who support them. Please support us by attending our monthly meetings, joining our Facebook Group and signing up to join our email list.
We host monthly meetings from 9am - noon the first Friday of each month year-round unless the first Friday falls on a holiday. Meetings are currently held on Zoom. Post-COVID-19, we meet at 41 Anthony Avenue in Augusta Maine. We also have a phone-in option available for those who are unable to attend in person. Meetings will most likely resume when it is one again safe to do so.
Malory Shaughnessy, MPPM, has over 35 years of advocacy and public policy experience. Shaughnessy is currently the Executive Director of the Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services, Maine. Representing over 35 provider organizations, the Alliance is the state’s largest provider organization focused on a comprehensive and coordinated approach to meeting the needs of individuals and families facing the challenge of living with substance use disorders and/or mental health diagnoses.
Diane Bouffard is a parent of two adults with mental health issues. She started navigating the system over 25 years ago. She also works for GEAR Parent Network as a Certified Family Peer Specialist. Diane has been a member of the council for over ten years and chair for about 8 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, animals, reading, and going on vacations.
Susan J. Parks
Susan J. Parks is a retired educator and educational consultant. She served as an educational consultant at the Maine Department of Education for 28 years: English as a Second Language, Title IX, Title VI, homeless education, Section 504, and special education. Susan has been a member of the QIC for at least 10 years and is the Vice-Chair and Membership Chair. Susan is a person with lived experience and is a family member as well. She is the mother of two adult sons, the grandmother of two, and the “mom” of a dog and cat. She enjoys walking, reading, spending time with friends, advocacy, movies and writing.
Agenda & Minutes
We keep an agenda and take notes at each monthly committee meeting. Please find both below for your convenience should you wish to stay informed about our activities and continued service to the community.