Frequently Asked Questions

Is the focus of the CCSM primarily on Adult Mental Health?

Answer: Yes, the main focus of the CCSM is Adult Mental Health Services. However, there will be times when the CCSM focuses on issues (i.e. Co-Occurring Disorders, Dual-Diagnosis MH/DD, etc.) that call for collaboration with other programs and groups.

Are Statewide Consumer Council (SCC) meetings open to the public?

Answer: Yes, all meetings are public meetings, and guests are welcome. Visitors are asked to abide by the Guest Guidelines the SCC has established. CLICK HERE for Guest Guidelines.

Can a local council help me with my case manager, psychiatrist, therapists, and transportation to appointments, or medication management?

Answer: No, the CCSM cannot help members with appointments, case managers, therapists, etc. The function of the CCSM is to have an independent voice in the development of public policy and funding decisions. Your local council may have resource materials and other members might be willing to help problem-solve issues that arise. The Advocacy Initiative Network (AIN) can help find individuals find resources and learn more about self-advocacy.

Can providers or other non-consumers come to Statewide or Local Council meetings?

Answer: Any community member is invited to attend CCSM meetings. Guests do not have voting rights at an SCC meeting, but anyone who self-identifies as a present/past recipient of mental health services may vote at Local Councils.

What if I want to attend a local council meeting but do not have transportation? Can I call a staff member and ask them to give me a ride?

Answer: Each local council has a transportation plan to get individuals to meetings. You can contact one of the staff members, and they will help you connect with a local council member that can provide transportation. Staff rarely provides transportation, as it is each Local Council’s responsibility to help out fellow members.

Am I eligible for mileage reimbursement for attending local council meetings?

Answer: Any consumer who attends CCSM Local Council meetings in their area is eligible for round trip mileage reimbursement at 44 cents per mile. Individuals who transport others to Local Council meetings are also allowed a $5 reimbursement for each person they bring. ​Mileage forms are available at your local council meeting or by contacting the CCSM office.