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CCSM ACTION ALERT: BIENNIAL BUDGET HEARING ON FEB. 24, 2017 ON MENTAL HEALTH SECTION! COME TESTIFY!!

CCSM Call to Action -State Biennial Budget 2017
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CALL TO ACTION!!


INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO TESTIFY ON THE STATE BIENNIAL BUDGET- MENTAL HEALTH SECTION
 

WHEN:  Friday, February 24, 2017

TIME:  10 AM

LOCATION: 
State House Appropriations Committee Room 228
 


Your Voice Needs To Be Heard!!

 

We have been informed that next Friday February 24th,  the Committees of Appropriations and Health and Human Services will be hearing public testimony on mental health as well as some other services.

This is our time to weigh in on the proposed budget!!

The hearings will start at 10am in the State House Appropriations Committee Room 228.

It could be a very long day, so you need  to be prepared for this. If you are going to be coming to the hearings and want to write testimony, here are the CCSM's talking points for this hearing in particular. Remember, you can speak for 3 minutes but your written can be as long as you want. You will need to bring 35 copies since it is two committees. On long days like this it is very possible that there will be a sign in sheet and they will take names in order of the sign in sheet.


If you have any questions or need assistance with testimony contact the CCSM office at 207.430.8300

 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW CCSM TALKING POINTS
CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIVING TESTIMONY
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE STATE BIENNAL BUDGET DOCUMENT
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New Rate Study Information for Mental Health Services

For those that are interested, the new Rate study for Section 17 and 65 (as well as a few others) has been presented to the Health and Human Services Committee last week. We are not sure what the next actions will be from this presentations, it might be a bill or to include funds into the budget currently up for debate.

We want you to be informed. The attached document is a comparison of the rates proposed last year and the new proposed rates. DHHS now has to wait a minimum of 60 days before the next steps to start putting them in place.

Statewide Consumer Council Meeting Rescheduled

Statewide Consumer Council Meeting Scheduled for February 24th from 10-2 is being re-scheduled until March 24th 10-2pm. The reason for this is due to Governor’s Budget Public Hearing that day specifically on Mental Health Services at the State House. We will post a separate notice about the public hearing.

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