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.

Behavioral Healthcare Coalition for Maine Holds Press Conference

The Behavioral Health Coalition for Maine (BHC4Me) held a press conference on April 10, 2018 regarding a package of mental health & substance use bills supported by coalition members that are sitting in Appropriations waiting to be funded!

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!! WE NEED TO FUND!!!!

To view the press conference video click HERE.

Read Press Release: Click HERE

View Mental Health Priorities List: Click HERE

*The mission of the Maine Behavioral Health Coalition is one of advocacy and education, fostering and protecting beneficial policies while opposing harmful ones in the areas of mental health and substance use. The Coalition will work collaboratively with legislators, service providers, consumers, and advocates to increase communication and information sharing in order to have a collective voice in influencing behavioral health policies throughout the state of Maine.

NVC II Training Schedule for May 15-16, 2018

Would you like to enhance your Non-Violent Communication (NVC) Skills? Have you taken NVC- Level 1?

Apply Now for the NVC-Level 2 Training

The CCSM has 13 spots available! But you must apply! Don't delay-fill out your application now!

To download an application, click HERE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018

This is a collaborative training with Maine Association of Peer Support and Recovery Centers, The Consumer Council System of Maine, and the Peer Support Specialist Network of Maine.

Download the flyer here

The 2018 HOPE Conference Brochure and Registration Form is now available.

This years' theme is “Our Roots, Our Community: Coming Together for Social Change”

The 2018 HOPE Conference reinforces the power of community organizing in bringing about social justice. Internationally recognized keynotes will address the need for change and the significance of support and advocacy. Social justice, consumer movement history, personal and systemic advocacy, leadership skill building, community engagement, relationships for change and creative expression will be the focus of the workshops.

Register today! Early Bird Registration (before 5/23/18): $15 and (after 5/23/18): $20

To view or download a copy of the brochure and register, please click HERE

CCSM LATE BREAKING CALL TO ACTION ON LD 1889

 
 

LATE BREAKING

CALL TO ACTION!!

INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO TESTIFY ON LD 1889- An Act To Increase Safety for Maine Citizens by Amending the Definition of "Likelihood of Serious Harm" in the Laws Governing Mental Health and Hospitalization To Include Consideration of a Person's Potential for Future Serious Harm
 
WHEN:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018

TIME:  1:30 PM

LOCATION: 
StateHouse, Room 438
                Judiciary Committee
 

Your Voice Needs To Be Heard!!

 
Do you think that it should be allowed that anyone could be put in a psychiatric hospital based on a likelihood in the FUTURE you might cause risk or harm? A bill at the Maine Legislature was just announced and will be heard tomorrow to talk about this very thing. It makes it much easier for anyone to be forced into a psychiatric hospital whether they agree or need it. Please share this and help us defeat LD 1889 at the Legislature tomorrow! 

A LINK TO THE BILL IS BELOW.....
 
The easiest way to help folks think about writing testimony for this bill is to explain what could happen. This bill would widen the doors for someone to put you in a psychiatric hospital against your will. So, as it is now if some clinical person wants to put you in involuntarily they have to meet criteria about serious risk to sell or others. This bill would say that maybe in the future you might pose a risk, thus we think it is wise to put in the hospital now. This is really bad policy and not one you would do in the last few seconds of the legislative season without much or any notice and would have HUGE impacts on the entire peer community. The folks from TAC (Treatment Advocacy Center) and remember DJ Jaffee asked Rep Malaby to put this bill in. This also includes family members and professionals who think more people should be hospitalized even against their will!!! I know this is almost no notice but please come if you can!

If you have any questions, contact the CCSM office at 207-430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073

 

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