LOCATION: Consumer Council System of Maine, 55 Middle Street, Suite 2, Augusta, ME
CO-SPONSORED BY: Shared Voices & Visions, a collaborative effort of the Consumer Council System of Maine, Disability Rights Center of Maine's PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council, Maine Association of Peer Support & Recovery Centers, Advocacy Initiative Network of Maine and the Wrendy Hayne Foundation
Shared Voices & Voices will be hosting a legislative training to be facilitated by local lobbyist, Betsy Sweet.
The Shared Voices & Visions Collaborativeprimary goal is to support increased voice, presence, and participation of those with lived experience relating to mental health issues in all areas that impact our quality of life.
The purpose of the training is to provide training and tips on how the Legislature works and effective ways to testify on bills that will impact our lives.
There are a limited seats for the training and in order to be eligible, you will need to write a brief note (either electronic or regular mail) and tell us why you are interested, what you feel you can contribute and what kind of time can you commit to.
We need you as this legislative season is going to be very important because many bills that are being submitted will affect all aspects of the lives of ourselves and our peers. It is very important that our voices are heard. We have to pull together to make this happen. Please note that the voice of one person does really matter and can make a huge difference!!
This does not mean you always have to come to Augusta. We have had success with people writing testimony and having someone else read it and distribute as well. There are also other ways that you can always help if you do not feel you can participate in this way. Just let us know and we will connect you with what you are willing to do.
This is not a training for everyone in the sense that it will require a commitment of your time going forward to do the legislative work required at the State House. We are not requesting that you have the expertise going into the training. We are looking for people who are willing to learn and willing to share their stories and others as well.
Should we have a lot of interest in this training, we will host another one down the road.
Please send your letter of interest to Simonne Maline, CCSM Executive Director by January 20th: firstname.lastname@example.org 55 Middle Street, Suite 2, Augusta, ME 04330
Consumer Council System of Maine and NAMI Maine are working in partnership with Maine Quality Counts to help Mainers understand Behavioral Health Homes. As a provider of technical assistance, NAMI Maine and the Consumer Council System of Maine are looking to see what parents raising children with serious emotional disturbances and adults with a diagnosed mental illness think about Behavioral Health Homes. Behavioral Health Homes are an effort to integrate physical and mental health care for people with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance. The hope is that Behavioral Health Homes will lead to more holistic care and better health and mental health outcomes. The work is supported by State Innovation Model funding through the DHHS Office of MaineCare Services.
Part of how individuals and parents will be able have their questions or concerns addressed is to attend a BHH Education Forum. There are nine forums scheduled around the state that individuals can register to attend by visiting NAMI Maine’s website or contacting Courtney at 207.622.5767.
As we prepared the program for these forums it is critical that we have a clear understanding about how families and individuals feel about behavioral health homes and what they think about this new service delivery model. We have developed a basic and very quick survey. We are asking individuals who have a mental health diagnosis or parent raising children with serious emotional disturbances to complete this short opinions survey. Please help us gather many different perspectives by sharing this the link to the survey with as many people as possible. You may also print the survey and return to it to NAMI Maine if that is easier.
Do you have questions or concerns about the new Behavioral Health Homes?
The Consumer Council System of Maine, in collaboration with NAMI Maine, will be hosting nine Behavioral Health Homes Educational Forums beginning in February 2015 around the state. You may attend one of these forums and be given an opportunity to ask questions or bring forth any concerns you may have in reference to Behavioral Health Homes.
Please see below for a schedule of the forums to be held.