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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.

CCSM To Host Candidates Forum in Portland on Sept. 27, 2016

Your are cordially invited to attend a Candidates Forum  in Portland on September 27, 2016.
This event is sponsored by: The Consumer Council System of Maine

Audience members will have the opportunity to submit written questions for candidates running for Maine State Senate and House of Representatives. 

This forum will be held from 2:30 PM - 4 PM, directly following the REV UP! Voter Registration Event being sponsored by Disability Rights Maine
from 12 PM- 2 PM!

Please see the flyer above for more details! 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CCSM office at: 430-8300 or Toll-Free: 1-877-207-5073

CCSM Seeks Input/Feedback on Two New Issue Statements- Medication Management & Lack of Equal Access to Services in Maine!

The CCSM is currently working on two new issues statements

(see information below)


We are looking for your input!  If you have any thoughts or solutions for either issue, please send your feedback to: Vickie McCarty, CCSM Systems Specialist at or you can contact her at 687-6033


CCSM Concept Draft for Medication Management

Medication Management is the term used for the service that MaineCare members use to get psychiatric services for the purposes of medications. This would include a psychiatrist, a psychiatric physician’s assistant, or a psychiatric nurse practitioner who prescribes your mental health medications. There is a different process if you get these types of medications through your primary care office.

The State is proposing a drastic rate decrease for which they pay for these services. Actually in some cases it would be a 56% decrease.  We have not heard of one provider that would keep this service in place if this happened.  The Legislature during the last days of session this spring stopped that from happening while they were not in session.  This will be revisited at the beginning of 2017, when the new legislature is seated.

While DHHS and providers may fight over how much to pay providers, we, the consumer community in Maine stands to lose if this comes to pass.

We also have a shortage of prescribers in Maine and this would drastically increase.

What are your thoughts and solutions for this important issue?


Concept Draft for Lack of Equal Access to Services Throughout Maine

While this is not a new issue, it continues to be one that many consumers in Maine have to struggle with.  The mental health system in Maine includes, doctors, therapists, case managers, behavioral health homes, in home support, etc.  Depending on where you live, you may not have access to these services.  Many people have to face a choice:

·         Do I not have services to be able to stay in my community?

·         Do I move to a part of Maine that has more providers to get my MH needs met?

·         Do I have no choices due to lack of providers in my area?

·         Do I have no resources to make choices or changes? This often is about transportation.

People should be able to access the services they need no matter where they live in Maine.

What are your thoughts and solutions to this important issue for consumers in Maine?

Disability Rights To Host Two Voter Registration Events

Let’s make sure that people with disabilities are heard! 


Disability Rights Maine (DRM) is hosting two voter registration events on Tuesday, September 27th, in Portland and Bangor. 


What: REV UP Voter Registration Event


When: September 27, 2016



Where: Portland City Hall, State of Maine Room

             389 Congress Street

             Portland, ME


             Bangor Public Library

             Crofutt Community Room

             45 Harlow St

             Bangor, ME 04401


ASL interpreters will be available at both locations. 


Everyone is welcome to stop by the event to register, test out Maine’s new Accessible Voting System, and pick up info and resources on voting options, voting rights, and ballot questions.


For those closer to Augusta, people are welcome to stop by DRM’s office to fill out a voter registration card there.


For more information or for registration assistance somewhere else, please contact contact Riley Albair, DRM Advocate: 1.800.452.1948 (V/TTY)





People with disabilities represent 15% of the voting-age population.  Yet, during the 2012 elections:

-          30% of people with disabilities said they wanted to vote but were unable to;

-          72% of polling places were not accessible; and

-          57.2% of people with disabilities did not vote. 

Action Alert: Urge Your Senators to Support S. 2680 Without Amendments or Changes!

Please contact your U.S. Senators by this Friday, September 2, and urge them to support S. 2680 (the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016) without amendments or changes. H.R. 2646 (the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016) recently passed the House of Representatives nearly unanimously. The Senate bill is better than the House bill and it is important that it pass "as is," according to the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR). NCMHR notes that, among its provisions-and unlike H.R. 2646-S. 2680 does not expand forced treatment; includes representation of people with lived experience; does not mention "anosognosia"; incorporates mental health recovery language throughout the bill; and calls for better education about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rather than providing a path to relaxing HIPAA confidentiality protections, as does H.R. 2646. Numerous other disability rights advocacy organizations support S. 2680. These include the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (click here), the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (click here), and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (click here). For more about what is wrong with mandated outpatient treatment (also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment or Involuntary Outpatient Commitment), see "Forced Mental Health Treatment Will Not Prevent Violent Tragedies," by Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania (click here). For information about how to contact your Senators, click here. (For the most recent text of S. 2680 that is available online, click here and then scroll down past Sec. 608 of the version that is largely crossed out until you get to the clean text.)

This information is provided by: The National Mental Health Consumer's Self-Help Clearinghouse

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