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Important Announcement about MaineCare Waiver Services!

Information being passed on from the Disability Rights Center in Maine:

Thousands of individuals with disabilities receive home and community support services through one of Maine’s Home & Community Based Services waivers.  Recently, the Federal Medicaid agency made new rules about how services are delivered to people with disabilities in the community.  These new rules require that DHHS create a plan that will make big changes to how services are provided in Maine.  This plan is called the transition plan and on Monday, December 15, 2014 you will be able to read the plan that could impact YOUR services. 

 Download your copy of the plan here: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/initiatives/HomeandCommunityBasedServicesRegulation2014.htm.

 YOU have a chance to tell DHHS thoughts about how community integration is important and also where it is or is not happening.  This plan may change the way you receive services and your feedback is important because Maine cannot write a good plan without your help!  DHHS has to submit this plan to the Federal Medicaid agency by March 17, 2015.  Time will soon run out, so don’t miss your opportunity to be heard!

 DHHS will also be holding a public forum to provide more information about the transition plan and answer any questions you may have.  This is a great opportunity to learn about changes that could affect YOU!  

When: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Five video conferencing locations at University of Maine campuses:

§  University of Maine at Augusta

o   Katz Library, Rm 5 - 20 Jewett Dr, Augusta

§  University of Maine at Presque Isle

o   Pullen Hall, Rm 115 - 181 Main St, Presque Isle

§  University of Southern Maine

o   Wishcamper Center, Rm 133 - 88 Bedford St, Portland

§  University of Maine at Orono

o   126 Barrows Hall - intersection of Long and Flagstaff, Orono

§  University of Maine at Ft Kent

o   Cyr Hall, Grindle Conference Rm - 23 University Dr, Ft Kent

 If you need accommodations in order to participate in the forum, please contact Deb Caron at 207.287.4242 before December 17, 2014.

 

Behavioral Health Homes Regional Forums Scheduled

Do you have questions or concerns about the new Behavioral Health Homes?

The Consumer Council System of Maine, in collaboration with NAMI Maine, will be hosting nine Behavioral Health Homes Educational Forums beginning in February 2015 around the state. You may attend one of these forums and be given an opportunity to ask questions or bring forth any concerns you may have in reference to Behavioral Health Homes.

Please see below for a schedule of the forums to be held.

You must register to attend by visiting NAMI Maine’s website at www.namimaine.org or contacting Courtney at 207.622.5767

Behavioral Health Homes Regional Forums
 
All of the following Community Forums are held from 5pm-630pm
 
Feb. 4, 2015 (Waterville) – REM, 93 Main St., Waterville
 
Feb. 10, 2015 (Lewiston/Auburn) – The Patrick Dempsey Center for Hope & Healing, Room A, 29 Lowell St., Lewiston
 
Feb. 11, 2015 (Portland) – Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland
 
Feb. 18, 2015 (Presque Isle) - Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library, 39 2nd St, Presque Isle
 
Feb. 24, 2015 (Sanford) - Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library, 952 Main St, Sanford
 
Feb. 25, 2015 (Augusta) – Augusta Career Center, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, Augusta
 
Mar 6, 2015 (Bangor) – Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St., Bangor
 
Mar 18, 2015 (Machias) – University of Maine at Machias, 116 Obrien Ave, Machias
 
Mar 25, 2015 (Dover-Foxcroft) – Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road, Dover-Foxcroft
 
 

Behavioral Health Homes Survey- You Input is Needed!

Consumer Council System of Maine and NAMI Maine are working in partnership with Maine Quality Counts to help Mainers understand Behavioral Health Homes.  As a provider of technical assistance, NAMI Maine and the Consumer Council System of Maine are looking to see what parents raising children with serious emotional disturbances and adults with a diagnosed mental illness think about Behavioral Health Homes.  Behavioral Health Homes are an effort to integrate physical and mental health care for people with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance. The hope is that Behavioral Health Homes will lead to more holistic care and better health and mental health outcomes. The work is supported by State Innovation Model funding through the DHHS Office of MaineCare Services.

 

Part of how individuals and parents will be able have their questions or concerns addressed is to attend a BHH Education Forum. There are nine forums scheduled around the state that individuals can register to attend by visiting NAMI Maine’s website or contacting Courtney at 207.622.5767.

 

As we prepared the program for these forums it is critical that we have a clear understanding about how families and individuals feel about behavioral health homes and what they think about this new service delivery model.  We have developed a basic and very quick survey.  We are asking individuals who have a mental health diagnosis or parent raising children with serious emotional disturbances to complete this short opinions survey.  Please help us gather many different perspectives by sharing this the link to the survey with as many people as possible. You may also print the survey and return to it to NAMI Maine if that is easier.

Here is the link to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JYRL8D6

Survey Deadline: December 28, 2014

We look forward to hearing from you!

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