The Comment form needs to be completed and returned to us by September 28, 2010.
To review the Draft Vocational Policy, click here
To obtain the comment form, click here
Sponsored by: Maine Equal Justice Partners (http://www.mejp.org)
When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
This conference is for people with low income and advocates who work throughout the State of Maine.
$50 conference fee - includes continental breakfast and lunch (contact us about a low-income waiver)
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
For More Information Contact:
Maine Equal Justice
126 Sewall Street
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 626-7058, x205 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMHS is currently weighing the recommendations in the document and will develop formal commitments and a work plan as next steps in the process of expanding and improving Intentional Peer Support Specialist training and certification in Maine.
To view the report, please click HERE
If you have any questions, please contact the CCSM office at 430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073
DHHS Commissioner Brenda Harvey is leaning towards excluding people with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) from Maine's Managed Care Initiative. This news came as a complete surprise to the CCSM's Executive Director at the Managed Care Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on Friday, October 15th. Office of MaineCare Director, Tony Marple, confirmed this at the meeting, saying he believed the Commissioner's current thinking centered around issues with the AMHI Consent Decree. After hearing strong concerns raised by consumer representatives and advocates, Tony offered to request a meeting with the Commissioner for consumer leaders and advocates to discuss her pending decision. As of this writing, the meeting has not been announced.
Helen Bailey of the Disability Rights Center (and attorney for the plaintiffs in the AMHI Consent Decree) said in a later conversation that managed care would not interfere with compliance with the Consent Decree Plan. She also said that the Managed Care Initiative's Specialized Services Committee, of which she is a member, raised serious concerns at their meeting on Oct. 12th about excluding people with SPMI .
A decision to "carve out" these people/services from managed care could have serious results. Some issues voiced initially are: 1) reinforces the stigma of setting people apart from 'normal' health care; 2) takes out of the picture the opportunity for alternative services good managed care could offer; 3) removes a ripe opportunity for peer services to be funded and included in a variety of settings; 4) slows down progress toward integrating health care and mental health care.
Please note that if the decision is made to exclude, it does NOT mean people will lose services. MaineCare services for people with SPMI (generally "Section17" services such as case management and medication management, etc.) will continue as they are now.
Please stay tuned for more information on this issue. Please leave feedback here and reach out to Commissioner Brenda Harvey (email@example.com) and MaineCare Director Tony Marple (firstname.lastname@example.org) as you see fit. The website address for the Managed Care Initiative: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/mgd_care/mgd_care_index.html.