The Behavioral Health Coalition for Maine (BHC4Me) held a press conference on April 10, 2018 regarding a package of mental health & substance use bills supported by coalition members that are sitting in Appropriations waiting to be funded!
*The mission of the Maine Behavioral Health Coalition is one of advocacy and education, fostering and protecting beneficial policies while opposing harmful ones in the areas of mental health and substance use. The Coalition will work collaboratively with legislators, service providers, consumers, and advocates to increase communication and information sharing in order to have a collective voice in influencing behavioral health policies throughout the state of Maine.
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INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO TESTIFY ON LD 1889- An Act To Increase Safety for Maine Citizens by Amending the Definition of "Likelihood of Serious Harm" in the Laws Governing Mental Health and Hospitalization To Include Consideration of a Person's Potential for Future Serious Harm
Do you think that it should be allowed that anyone could be put in a psychiatric hospital based on a likelihood in the FUTURE you might cause risk or harm? A bill at the Maine Legislature was just announced and will be heard tomorrow to talk about this very thing. It makes it much easier for anyone to be forced into a psychiatric hospital whether they agree or need it. Please share this and help us defeat LD 1889 at the Legislature tomorrow!
A LINK TO THE BILL IS BELOW.....
The easiest way to help folks think about writing testimony for this bill is to explain what could happen. This bill would widen the doors for someone to put you in a psychiatric hospital against your will. So, as it is now if some clinical person wants to put you in involuntarily they have to meet criteria about serious risk to sell or others. This bill would say that maybe in the future you might pose a risk, thus we think it is wise to put in the hospital now. This is really bad policy and not one you would do in the last few seconds of the legislative season without much or any notice and would have HUGE impacts on the entire peer community. The folks from TAC (Treatment Advocacy Center) and remember DJ Jaffee asked Rep Malaby to put this bill in. This also includes family members and professionals who think more people should be hospitalized even against their will!!! I know this is almost no notice but please come if you can!
If you have any questions, contact the CCSM office at 207-430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073
The Rights of Recipients Handbook is a document that is no longer relevant or effective. It has not been updated for possibly a decade and a half.
A revision was worked on a decade ago but was never completed and released. A major revision is long overdue. We are asking the State to bring together a stakeholder group of State staff, consumers and legal advocates to finally revise this much needed document to really help the peers that need to access this resource.
The CCSM Issues Statement Committee would like to hear from you. What are your thoughts on helping to find a solution to this issue?
Deadline to submit comments: March 13, 2018
Please respond by attending your local meeting and giving solution-oriented feedback, either verbally or in writing. Written comments can also be emailed to: email@example.com OR sent through the mail to:
The CCSM Issue Statement Comments 219 Capitol Street, Suite 7 Augusta, ME 04330