Current Consumer Issues

Current Issues

Here you will find the latest news and information regarding our work in helping to shape public policy and mental health services in Maine.

Deadline Extended for completing the Certified Intentional Peer Support Code of Ethics Survey

There is still time to complete the 2017 Stakeholders Survey for the Creation of a Code of Ethics for Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists in Maine!


First, click HERE to read the Code of Ethics Intro Document

Second, click HERE to go to Survey

Submission deadline extended to November 30, 2017


  • People who identify as having lived experience with mental health challenges, ex-patients and survivors
  • Consumers of peer services
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Mental health advocates and activists


Do you have thoughts about Maine’s Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist Ethical Standards?

Those who care about the Certified Intentional Peer Support Community are invited to provide recommendations for a draft Code of Ethics to guide the practice of Maine’s Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists.

This is an open forum for people invested in CIPS practice to share what YOU think is important.

Forums will be held in the following locations: Sanford, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Portland and Presque Isle.

For more information, please click on the links below to view the event flyers:

Lewiston Forum

Portland Forum

Presque Isle Forum

Sanford Forum

Bangor Forum

Augusta Forum

Feedback Wanted on Latest CCSM Issue Statement Concept Draft!

CCSM Issue Statement Concept Draft:

 “Lack of Actionable Response to our Issue Statements from DHHS.” 

September 2017 

This current Issue Statement goes to the heart of what Issue Statement are supposed to do. The CCSM works hard to research issues and solutions to challenges consumers face in the community every day. The challenge we are now facing is that when DHHS responds it often is a description of what they are already doing to address things or agreeing with us without real engagement with the consumer community to move initiatives forward. Because these are valuable to both the consumer and State, we want to find new ways to use the resource that these Issue Statements are to bring about real action. We also want to look at other ways to get our Issue Statements out to people who can help bring our concerns forward: for example; the Legislature and the Press.

The CCSM Issues Statement Committee would like to hear from you.  What are your thoughts on helping to find a solution to this issue?  Please respond by attending your local meeting and giving solution oriented feedback, either verbally or in writing.  Written comments can also be emailed to:  OR sent through the mail to:


Issue Statement Comments

219 Capitol St.  Suite #7

Augusta, Maine 04330