Providing a voice for consumers of

mental health services

The Consumer Council System of Maine represents fellow consumers with an effective, organized voice in shaping public policy and mental health services.

Take a Stand against the Murphy Bill (H.R.2646 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015) on October 7th!

Participate in the 
Day of Action for REAL Change in Mental Health Policy!

On Wednesday, October 7, we encourage you to call, write, or use social media to contact your member of Congress and tell them that the Murphy Bill (H.R.2646 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015)  is bad for America. Everything you need to be a successful advocate on our Day of Action can be found here. Make your voice heard!

Public Forum with DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew scheduled for October 14, 2015 in Piscataquis County



You're invited to attend the

Public Forum with DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew


DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew will host a public meeting to provide Piscataquis County residents the opportunity to share their thoughts on aging, disability, and mental health services in the area and to hear about some of the great things happening at DHHS. Those encouraged to attend include elderly and disabled Mainers and those who rely on mental health services, as well as their family members and those who provide community-based or health care services to vulnerable populations.  


Date and Time:

October 14, 2015, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM



Penquis Higher Education Center
50 Mayo Street



Please contact Denise Gilbert with questions by email or by phone at (207) 287-4290. TTY users dial 711.


Presented by:

Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Department of Health and Human Services

The Peer Support Specialist Network of Maine is currently accepting applications for their Steering Committee

The purpose of this committee is to guide the Network in providing a support forum; trainings; education; systems change advocacy within the State of Maine and organizations that will impact, or potentially impact, the Peer Services Profession.

To view their charter, which provides more information about membership and committee functions, please click HERE

For an application, please click HERE

New, Proposed Foodstamp (SNAP) Rule....


Could you be at risk of losing your Food Stamps (SNAP/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance)?


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has proposed new rules that would cause some households to lose their Food Stamps. There is a public hearing on the proposed rules on:


 October 6, 2015, 1:00 p.m. 

19 Union Street, Augusta 

Conference Room 110


Here's what the proposed rules would do:


Households without children, including seniors and people with disabilities, could lose their food stamp (SNAP) benefits if they have certain assets worth $5,000 or more. Your home and one vehicle would not count toward the new proposed asset limit. 


If you have a savings or checking account with $5,000 or more or have some other asset like a second car or boat you could be at risk of losing your Food Stamps.


These are examples of assets that would count towards the $5,000 limit: 

  • Cash, checking and saving accounts, Christmas club accounts, stock and bonds
  • Lump sum payments (insurance or law settlements)
  • Certificates of Deposits (C.D.'s), etc.
  • Certain personal property including a second vehicle
  • A small woodlot that you harvest for heat        
  • Recreational vehicles including boats, ATVs and snowmobiles, and other vehicles - even if you use them routinely to help you get around

Maine already has the third highest rate of hunger in the nation- this will make it worse. 


Please help us stop these rules from taking effect. 


Come to the public hearing on October 6th!

1:00 p.m. 

19 Union Street, Augusta

Conference Room 110

Call or email us if you can be there!


Call Ann at Maine Equal Justice Partners at 1-866-626-7059, ext. 210 or email her @ as soon as possible, to let us know how these changes impact you, your neighbors and your community.


Proposed rules can be found at:

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