CALL TO ACTION!! INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO TESTIFY ON LD 876 AND LD 964

WHEN:  Friday, March 25, 2019

TIME:  (LD 964) 10:00 AM
           (LD 876)   1:00 pm

LOCATION: Cross Building, Room 209
(Building connected to Statehouse)
We have received word that the following bills submitted by the CCSM will be heard at the Health & Human Services Committee on Monday, March 25th:

LD 876: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services To Build Peer Respite Program Capacity in Maine by Implementing at Least One Peer Respite Program.Summary: This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, office of substance abuse and mental health services to implement by means of a request-for-proposals process at least one peer respite program in the State to provide a voluntary, short-term residential program designed to support individuals experiencing, or at risk of a psychiatric crisis.

LD 964: Resolve, To Study Housing Options for Persons with Mental Health Challenges and Substance Use Disorder. Click on the link below to see a full copy of the bill.Summary: This resolve establishes the Study Commission to Assess Housing Needs of Persons with Mental Health Challenges and Substance Use Disorder and requires the study commission to assess the housing needs of persons who are living with mental health challenges and who have substance use disorder, with a focus on the needs of such individuals located in rural Maine. The study commission is required to explore methods of expanding the options and availability of housing for such individuals, including options that support the unique housing needs of such individuals, and report its findings and recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

 CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE A FULL COPY OF EACH BILL:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW LD 876
CLICK HERE TO VIEW LD 964
We are having a testimony writing session for these bills at the CCSM office on Friday, March 22nd at 1:00 PM. 

We would like as many people as possible to come and write testimony in favor of these bills. We will be on hand to assist you with your testimony. We will also need people to be with us on the 25th to read their testimony and/or come to support us as we testify on these bills. Thank you in advance for your help. If you are unable to attend on the 25th, but want to write testimony, please feel free to do so. You can send it to us and we would be happy to print copies for you. 
If you have any questions, contact the CCSM office:
207-430-8300 or 1-877-207-5073