LEWISTON — More than 75 people gathered at DaVinci’s Restaurant on Feb. 17 to recognize Chris Copeland, executive director of Tri-County Mental Health Services for more than six years, as he leaves Maine for a position in New York City.

Community leaders, healthcare partners and legislators attended to acknowledge his work on behalf of Maine people as the leader of one of the largest provider agencies in the state.

Sen. Margaret Craven presented him with a “Legislative Sentiment” in recognition of his advocacy work with the Maine Association of Mental Health Services, Maine Association of Substance Abuse Providers and other groups on the state and national level.

Board President Peter Letourneau of Auburn read a poem he wrote for the occasion and Second Vice President N. Paul Gauvreau of Lewiston presented Copeland with gifts on behalf of the board.

Interim Executive Director Catherine Ryder read sentiments from agency staff. Copeland was praised for his work over 16 years at TCMHS, six as executive director. 

Tri-County Mental Health Services helps people in Androscoggin, northern Cumberland, Franklin, Oxford and York counties. For more information, visit www.tcmhs.org or call 1-888-304-HOPE (4673).

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