Maine Revised Statutes

§20022. Information dissemination

As part of its comprehensive prevention and treatment program, the department shall operate an information clearinghouse and oversee, support and coordinate a resource center within the Department of Education. The information clearinghouse and resource center constitute a comprehensive reference center of information related to the nature, prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse. In fulfillment of the requirement of this section, the resource center may be located within the Department of Education and may operate there pursuant to a memorandum of agreement between the departments. Information must be available for use by the general public, political subdivisions, public and private nonprofit agencies and the State. [2011, c. 657, Pt. AA, §31 (AMD).]

Functions of the information clearinghouse and resource center may include, but are not limited to: [1991, c. 601, §15 (AMD).]

1. Research.  Conducting research on the causes and nature of drugs, drug abuse or people who are dependent on drugs, especially alcoholics and intoxicated persons;
[ 1989, c. 934, Pt. A, §3 (NEW) .]
2. Information collection.  Collecting, maintaining and disseminating knowledge, data and statistics related to drugs, drug abuse and drug abuse prevention;
[ 1989, c. 934, Pt. A, §3 (NEW) .]
3. Educational materials.  Preparing, publishing and disseminating educational materials; and
[ 1989, c. 934, Pt. A, §3 (NEW) .]
4. Treatment facilities.  Maintaining an inventory of the types and quantity of drug abuse prevention facilities, programs and services available or provided under public or private auspices to drug addicts, drug abusers and drug-dependent persons, especially alcoholics and intoxicated persons. This function includes the unduplicated count, locations and characteristics of persons receiving treatment, as well as the frequency of admission and readmission and the frequency and duration of treatment of those persons. The inventory must include the amount, type and source of resources for drug abuse prevention.
[ 1989, c. 934, Pt. A, §3 (NEW) .]
1989, c. 934, §A3 (NEW). 1991, c. 601, §15 (AMD). 2011, c. 657, Pt. AA, §31 (AMD).