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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.

Social Club/Peer Center & Peer Run Respite Services Consumer Stakeholder Forums to be Held in July

The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services is hosting two Consumer Stakeholder Forums to solicit input on Social Club/Peer Run Centers and Peer Run Respite Services. The forums are planned for the last week of July, as follows:



Wednesday July 29

1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Human Services Department

396 Griffin Rd

Bangor, ME 04401



Friday July 31

Department of Health and Human Services

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

151 Jetport Blvd

South Portland, ME 04106


If you have any questions, please contact:  Matthew Wells, Recovery Manager at the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services-  

Phone: 207-287-4274


The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is proposing to make changes to some MaineCare services through a 1915 (i) State Plan Amendment, also known as an iSPA.


In this iSPA, Maine intends to streamline delivery systems and prioritize community and work-based habilitation support for adults.  An iSPA provides states with greater autonomy and flexibility for providing services to Medicaid members while maintaining compliance with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


The proposed changes will affect the following sections of MaineCare policy:


·         Section 2, Adult Family Care Services

·         Section 17, Community Support Services

·         Section 26, Day Health Services

·         Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institutions


The DHHS is also proposing to add the following services to the MaineCare Benefits Manual:


·         Benefits Counseling

·         Career Planning

·         Psycho-Social Club House

·         Residential Habilitation

·         Supported Employment-Individualized


The Department has scheduled community forums to discuss these changes, answer questions, and solicit feedback from stakeholders and the public. Forums will be held across the state on the following dates:


Monday, August 3           9 a.m. to noon, 151 Jetport Boulevard, Portland

Tuesday, August 4           1 to 4 p.m., 19 Union Street, Augusta

Thursday, August 6         9 a.m. to noon, 396 Griffin Road, Bangor

Friday, August 7              9 a.m. to noon, 30 Skyway Drive, Unit 100, Caribou


To RSVP, please contact Lisa Weaver at



A 1915 (i) SPA is an agreement between the State of Maine and CMS. The iSPA is a mechanism for Maine to gain CMS authority for new services and to bring Maine into alignment with CMS requirements for existing services.



This is a joint message from Office of MaineCare Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services and Office of and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.


Action Alert- We Urge you to Oppose HR 2646- "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" of 2015

The CCSM is seeking your support in urging our Senators and Congressmen not to co-sponsor Rep. Murphy’s bill! 

Please see information below about the "Helping Familes in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015- HR 2646....

From the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery:



On June 4th, 2015, Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania re-introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, also known as H.R. 2646. The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery opposes this bill because it includes many harmful provisions that will set back community mental health care and undermine much of what our movement has worked so hard to achieve.


H.R. 2646, will:

·  Increase the use of forced treatment and hospitalization at the expense of voluntary, pro-active, community mental health services and supports.

·  Divert millions of Medicaid dollars from community services and supports to increase hospitalization.

·  Deny mental health block grants to states without involuntary outpatient commitment laws.

·  Prescribe the qualifications for certified peer support specialists in law, an unprecedented step that will ossify our discipline.

·  Eliminate the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA has promoted and funded major innovations such as peer support, recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, state consumer and family networks and Alternatives.

·  Drastically cut grants that fund critical mental health services, substance abuse prevention and substance abuse treatment across the Nation.

·  Eliminate many innovative mental health services grants, put doctors in control of grant review and exclude knowledgeable people with lived experience from grant review and oversight.

·  Give Congress unprecedented control over all competitive grant awards.

·  Amend HIPAA to erode privacy rights for people with a mental health diagnosis; what is needed instead is better education on how HIPAA works.

·  Eliminate all protection and advocacy agency programs that protect our civil rights in housing, employment, education and other areas.


Please tell your member of Congress that you oppose H.R. 2646 (include your most important reason) and ask them not to support this bill.



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View a video of a Hearing on the Murphy Bill held on June 16, 2015 titled "Examining HR-2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis"


Related articles:

·  Regarding Representative Tim Murphy’s Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act

·  The Murphy Bill: A threat to justice everywhere

·  Mental Health Advocates Oppose Rep. Tim Murphy's Bill for Promoting Forced "Treatment" over More Effective and Less Expensive Voluntary Care

·  The “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015” Represents Wrong Policy Direction

2015 Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities

3rd Annual Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities

Will be held on 8/13 8:30-3:00 at T& B Celebration Center in Waterville. Speakers include the Commissioner of the United States Rehabilitation Services Administration, Janet LaBreck and the Honorable Governor Paul R. LePage.

The day will include a panel of individuals who have successfully navigated the sometimes difficult system of services and an opportunity for participants to provide input and feedback on those services. The event is free for people with disabilities and includes lunch. To learn more about the event or to register, please visit or call Jenn Ardito at 377-7055. Registration is required. Requests for accommodations must be made by 7/27/15. Requests made after that date cannot be guaranteed, however, every effort will be made to honor the request. 


The Empowerment Forum is hosted by the Five Council Collaborative, which is made of the following councils: the Statewide Independent Living Council, State Rehabilitation Council for Vocational Rehabilitation, the State Rehabilitation Council for the Division of the Blind & Visually Impaired, the Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened, and the State Workforce Investment Board’s Commission on Disability & Employment.

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