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

DHHS Invites Participation in Olmstead Community Forums....

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced dates for a series of forums designed to improve MaineCare services for people with disabilities.

Olmstead is a 1999 Supreme Court decision that requires states to provide individuals with disabilities options to receive services in the most community-like setting possible. Maine is updating its Olmstead roadmap, which identifies core values, related to being connected to local communities, that drive Maine’s long term services and supports system.

“DHHS encourages families and providers to participate in these forums in order to improve services for disabled Mainers,” said Ricker Hamilton, Deputy Commissioner of Programs for Maine DHHS. “Community-based programs allow disabled Mainers to stay in their homes, and their voices, along with the voices of those who care for them, need to be heard if we are to provide the best services possible through MaineCare.”

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking feedback from MaineCare recipients, family members, providers, and other interested parties as we define the updated roadmap. DHHS would like to know what is needed in local communities to support people remaining in their homes and meaningfully connected with their communities in lieu of institutional care.

August 5, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Scarborough Town Hall
259 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME

August 6, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Payne Homestead
14 Atlantic Avenue
Vinalhaven, ME

August 10, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Moore Community Center
5 General Moore Way
(125 State Street)
Ellsworth, ME

August 11, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Seniors Plus
8 Falcon Road
Lewiston, ME

August 12, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Department of Health and Human Services – Caribou
30 Skyway Drive, Unit 100
Caribou, ME

For questions regarding the forums, please contact Nicole Rooney at 207.287.9221 or email


Job Opportunities For Peer Support Specialists

Sweetser currently has 2 openings for Peer Support Specialists:

Peer Support Services

Location: Intentional Warm Line, Portland, ME

Position 1: Full Time (5 day work week, 12:00 midnight – 8:00 am). There is a shift differential for overnight.

Position 2: Part Time (2 day work week, times to be determined).

About the Peer Support Specialist Position:
By applying the tools the Peer Support Specialist has developed in his or her own recovery as well as the philosophy and values of
Intentional Peer Support, the Peer Support Specialist will build a connection, consider world view, maintain mutuality and move
towards a new way of being within the new relationship being built with the individual. The Peer Support Specialist will collaborate,
coach, and challenge individuals in viewing the crisis as an opportunity for growth and change; within each individuals recovery process.

The ideal person would:

· Fully understand and be able to actively implement the three principles and four tasks of Intentional Peer Support. 
· Model relationship building, based on the four tasks of peer support, with participants, volunteers and colleagues.
· Fully understand and be able to actively implement the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as described by SAMHSA.
· Model the attributes of respect, trust, sensitivity and confidentiality to participants, volunteers and colleagues.

Qualifications Include:

· Self-identified mental health consumer.
· State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) Certification preferred. 
· Provisional CIPS Certification required within 12 months of hire date. 
· Paid, or unpaid, peer support experience preferred.
· Demonstrate understanding of Intentional Peer Support.
· Demonstrate knowledge of personal Recovery.
· Ability to work with diverse populations and accept differences in perspective and values.
· Basic computer skills; including receiving and sending emails.

Please feel free to call Scott Metzger at (207) 842-2401 with questions concerning the position.


All applications must be submitted on-line:

Free Webinar Series on Recovery-oriented Behavioral Healthcare

July 27, - September 9, 2015


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) RTP initiative has collaborated with professional organizations in addiction counseling, peer support, psychiatric nursing, psychiatry, psychology, and social work to develop six discipline-focused curricula on recovery-oriented practices. This webinar series will draw from these exciting materials, making the RTP principles accessible to all behavioral and general health practitioners working in multidisciplinary and integrated practice settings.

Speakers from multiple disciplines will present an interdisciplinary introduction to recovery-oriented practice. The introduction will deliver pragmatic content to supervisors, decision makers, educators, researchers, practitioners, and students across disciplines in behavioral and primary health settings. Register now to explore how recovery oriented practice can enhance both the delivery and the experience of quality care.

For schedule information and to register:

Webinar Opportunity on Evaluation of Peer Programs

We Are the Evidence: Evaluation of Peer Programs

Date and Time: Wed, Aug 5, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

The National Empowerment Center will present a webinar that will stress the importance of good evaluation of peer programs, offer helpful tips, and use peer respites as a case study.

This webinar includes Jean Campbell, who helped establish Consumer-Operated Service Programs (COSPs) as evidence-based practices, Laysha Ostrow of Live and Learn, and Bevin Croft of Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).


To register, go to:

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