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AdCare Educational Institute

Remembering Neill Miner

With very heavy hearts, we have some tough news to share with the AdCare Educational Institute community. Neill Miner, the former longtime Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, passed away on Saturday, May 5, surrounded by his family.

Neill worked for AdCare Educational Institute in several capacities for 25 years. He also directed the New England Institute of Addiction Studies for 16 years. Prior to his time at AdCare Educational Institute and the New England Institute, Neill served as the Director of the Maine Office of Alcoholism and Drug Prevention. Later in his career, he also worked in community prevention. In addition to developing quality continuing education for the workforce, his work led to infrastructure for statewide recovery initiatives, adolescent treatment systems, and other initiatives that will continue to benefit many people.

Neill’s impact on our field for over 30 years has been immense. His gifts for identifying opportunities to improve or expand services, combined with his unparalleled work ethic and his truly collaborative approach, brought many important initiatives to fruition.

Neill quietly and humbly led, mentored, and encouraged many people in the field to shine in their roles as trainers, recovery advocates, clinicians, prevention professionals, capacity builders, and organizers. His impact on improving the wellness and recovery of people from New England and beyond is immense, and his kindness was felt by many.

His obituary may be found at:


Neill had a way of bringing out the best in people, and our community’s work will continue to spread those seeds in a beautiful way.

Our Mission

The mission of AdCare Educational Institute is to advance awareness, knowledge and skills in the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance abuse and related public health issues.

The Institute accomplishes its mission through the development and implementation of high quality, yet affordable training programs and educational events. Activities are offered to individuals and organizations who directly or indirectly encounter problems associated with substance abuse or are affected by other public health issues.

About Us

AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization established in 1986 in Worcester, Massachusetts. From a humble beginning, the agency has grown significantly and currently has offices in Worcester, Massachusetts and Augusta, Maine. The main administrative office for AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. is located at 5 Northampton Street in Worcester, MA.

In Massachusetts a large portion of the funding AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. receives comes from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Presently, the agency holds a combined contract for the development of statewide trainings, education, and logistics management with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention. Additionally, AdCare also maintains a contract with the DPH Office of HIV/AIDS Bureau for research, training and support services.

AdCare Educational Institute of Maine is co-located with the
AdCare Educational Institute of New England in Augusta, Maine.

Our Board

The Board of Directors for AdCare Educational Institute consists of:

  • Patrice M. Muchowski, ScD, President
  • James Di Reda, PhD, LICSW, Treasurer
  • Beverly Shafner, RN, BS
  • Carl McCarthy
  • Sally Rogers, ScD
  • Carol Derby, BSN, M.Ed., CARN
  • Beverly Erikson Stewart, MA, CAGS, CRC, CCM
  • Rep. John Mahoney
  • Karen Kelley, PhD
  • Robert Deters, MD
  • Robert Bick


Facebook logo and linkAdCare Educational Institute of Massachusetts
5 Northampton Street
Worcester, MA 01605
508-752-7313 (Phone) 508-754-0039 (TTY)
508-752-8111 (Fax)

AdCare Educational Institute of Maine
PO Box 4389, Augusta, ME 04330
207-626-3615 (Phone);
V/TTY: Callers can reach the Relay Service by dialing 711
207-621-2550 (Fax)

AdCare Educational Institute of New England
(Formerly New England Institute of Addiction Studies)
PO Box 742, Augusta, ME 04332
207-621-2549 (Phone);
V/TTY: Callers can reach the Relay Service by dialing 711
207-623-0556 (Fax)

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