CCSM Issue Subcommittee
Trauma Informed Emergency Departments
Concept Draft 9/5/18
This Issue Statement originated with the Bangor Local Council and is now being sent across the State for more information gathering and recommendations.
Many peers who go into any of Maine’s emergency rooms in need of crisis mental health services often report traumatic experiences when they go there. People go to the emergency room often as a last resort to having no other avenues available to them. Many people say that they leave the emergency department in worse shape than when they went in. Trauma is often experienced through physical interactions with security or medical staff in the form of strip searches, restraints or forced medication etc.
We believe that if both security and medical staff were trained and supported to use evidence-based trauma informed practices, then treatment at the emergency room could be a much more helpful experience for people needing crisis support.
Issue Statement Personal Story Information
One of CCSM’s duties is to provide feedback to state government about local and statewide issues. We have a process that generates what is called an issue statement. This is a document that addresses a specific issue and gives solution-based recommendations on how to improve or make changes within Maine’s mental health system. Within this process, people are given an opportunity to provide feedback on each statement generated.
Recently, the Issues Statement Development Subcommittee agreed that to be more inclusive and for more peer voices to be heard, we realized that it would be helpful to attach “personal stories” to each Issue Statement we do. This will allow for more personalized experiences to be shared in order to better illustrate how an issue affects our community. Each personal story will be left unedited with its original wording.
Given this new opportunity, we hope our community will feel more engaged and empowered by giving voice to important issues.
To submit a personal story, please send to the CCSM either by mail at: 219 Capitol St. Suite 7 Augusta, ME 04330 or email at [email protected]
DEADLINE TO RESPOND: October 5, 2018